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APPENDIX 1: Extracts from the Communications and Multimedia Act 1998 (Act 588)

Extracts from the Communications and Multimedia Act 1998
 
Part I - PRELIMINARY
 
S.3 Objects
   
(1) The objects of this Act are -
 
(a) To promote national policy objectives for the communications and multimedia industry;
(b) To establish a licensing and regulatory framework in support of national policy objectives for the communications and multimedia industry;
(c) To establish the powers and functions for the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission; and
(d) To establish powers and procedures for the administration of this Act.
   
(2) The national policy objectives for the communications and multimedia industry are -
 
(a) To establish Malaysia as a major global centre and hub for communications and multimedia information and content services;
(b) To promote a civil society where information based services will provide the basis of continuing enhancements to quality of work and life;
(c) To grow and nurture local information resources and cultural representation that facilitates the national identity and global diversity;
(d) To regulate for the long-term benefit of the end user;
(e) To promote a high level of consumer confidence in service delivery from the industry;
(f) To ensure an equitable provision of affordable services over ubiquitous national infrastructure;
(g) To create a robust applications environment for end users;
(h) To facilitate the efficient allocation of resources such as skilled labour, capital, knowledge and national assets;
(i) To promote the development of capabilities and skills within Malaysia's convergence industries; and
(j) To ensure information security and network reliability and integrity.
   
(3) Nothing in this Act shall be construed as permitting the censorship of the Internet.
   

 
Part V - POWERS AND PROCEDURES OF THE MALAYSIAN COMMUNICATIONS AND MULTIMEDIA COMMISSION
   
Chapter 9 - Voluntary Industry Code

S. 95 Code by the Industry Forum

   
 
(1) An industry forum may prepare a voluntary industry code dealing with any matter provided for in this Act -
(a) on its own initiative; or
(b) The voluntary industry code shall not be effective until it is registered by the Commission.
(2) The voluntary industry code shall not be effective until it is registered by the Commission.
   
S. 98 Compliance with a Registered Voluntary Industry Code a Legal Defence

S. 99 Directions to Comply with a Registered Voluntary Industry Code

   

   
PART IX - SOCIAL REGULATION

Chapter 2 - Content Requirements

S. 211  Prohibition on Provision of Offensive Content

   
 
(1) No content applications service provider, or other person using a content applications service, shall provide content which is indecent, obscene, false, menacing, or offensive in character with intent to annoy, abuse, threaten or harass any person.
(2) A person who contravenes subsection (1) commits an offence and shall, on conviction, be liable to a fine not exceeding fifty thousand ringgit or to imprisonment for a term not exceeding one year or to both and shall also be liable to a further fine of one thousand ringgit for every day or part of a day during which the offence is continued after conviction.
   
S. 212  Content Forum
  The Commission may designate an industry body to be the content forum for the purposes of this Part.