Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Government Has No Plans To Introduce Freedom Of Information Act - Rais

(Bernama) -- The Information, Communications and Culture Ministry has no plans to formulate a Freedom of Information Act because this is already provided for by the Constitution. Its minister Datuk Seri Dr Rais Yatim said matters like freedom of speech, basic freedoms, Whistleblower Protection Act 2010, audit reports, Information Act 1950, were provided for by the Constitution, "As such, my ministry is only focusing on information dissemination using the new media like the Internet as a platfrom to channel and share information with the people by raising the capability of the communications network rather than introducing a new act," he said during question time in the Dewan Rakyat today.

Rais said this in replying to a question from Khairy Jamaluddin (BN-Rembau) who had wanted to know if the government had plans to introduce such an act to encourage provision of information from public and private sector bodies.To another question from Khairy on abolishing the Official Secrets Act 1972, Rais said the government saw the act as necessary for national interest.

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