National cyber security policy to be introduced next year - Gobind Singh

Last update: 03/12/2018

KUALA LUMPUR, Dec 3  (Bernama) –  A national cyber security policy will be introduced in the first quarter of next year to curb cyber attacks,  said  Communications and Multimedia Minister Gobind Singh Deo.

He said the policy aimed to curb cyber attacks from within and outside the country,  including to protect personal information of Internet users.

“The policy is being drafted by the ministry and we expect it to be announced in March next year. It will support our cybersecurity industry growth which include enhanced cybersecurity incident response and digital forensics with data analytic capabilities," he told a media conference after opening the National Cyber Security Strategy Development seminar here today.

The ministry, he said, was also in talks with several other ministries to amend or introduce new laws relating to cybercrime and cyberbullying.

On the Cabinet decision to withdraw the moratorium on some of the acts being reviewed, he said the decision was made based on three  security factors.

"The moratorium will be lifted for three situations, i.e , for offences involving  national security, public security and racial-related matters.

“The application of these acts for these three matters continues at the moment, but the proposal to amend (the laws) is still in the process " he said.

Yesterday, Home Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin said the Cabinet agreed to withdraw the moratorium on the Security Offences (Special Measures) (SOSMA) Act 2012, the Prevention of  Terrorism Act (POTA), the Prevention of Crime Act 1959 (POCA) and the Sedition Act following the riot at Sri Maha Mariamman Temple in  USJ25, Subang Jaya, last Nov 26.

Meanwhile, when asked about alleged sexual harassment at English radio station BFM 89.9 , Gobind Singh said: "We will ask BFM to give explanation and report on this issue”.