Consultation With Youth On National Harmony Bills

KUALA LUMPUR, June 12 (Bernama) -- The National Unity Consultative Council (NUCC), Akademi Belia and Asian Law Students' Association today jointly organised a youth public consultation on the National Harmony Bills.

The session was aimed at engaging the youth with policy making and gather feedback and recommendations from them, pertaining to the draft bills.

Session panelists were NUCC member Datuk Saifuddin Abdullah and NUCC law and policy committee member Mohd Zharif Badrul.

Some 30 students from various institutions of higher learning attended the public consultation session, shared opinions and asked an assortment of questions.

One of the questions was whether NUCC referred to any similar act in any country in drafting Malaysia's National Hamony Bills.

Responding to this, Saifuddin said among the countries which Malaysia looked into in drafting the bills were Singapore, United Kingdom, Canada and South Africa.

At a media conference after the consultation, Saifuddin said one of the suggestions from the youth during the consultation was to impose higher punishment for those who committed incitement against the rulers.

Currently, those who insult a sultan face a charge under Section 233(1)(9) of the Communications and Multimedia Act 1998 (act 588), which carries a fine of not more than RM50,000 or a jail term of not more than one year or both, upon conviction.


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