Communications and Multimedia Minister Ahmad Shabery Cheek said today two Acts will be amended to strengthen existing provisions to cover the social media.

The proposed amendments to the Communications and Multimedia Act (CMA) 1998 and Communications and Multimedia Commission Act (CMCA) 1998 are expected to be tabled in October.

Ahmad Shabery said this in response to Gooi Hsiao Leung (DAP-Alor Setar) at the Dewan Rakyat here today.

Gooi had asked whether the amendments announced last March could curb social media misuse such as religious and racial sensitivities, or for recruiting terrorists.

“Social media was not a major issue back then. Hopefully with the amendments we can protect our society,” he said.

He said the amendments would be coordinated with other laws such as the Sedition Act and Prevention of Terrorism Act.

According to him, the revision of the CMA 1998 was not merely to resolve issues involving social media but also to incorporate other elements to achieve digital nation status.

“The amendments will also show the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission’s (MCMC) role in improving nationwide telecommunication network,” he said.

As for the revision of the CMCA 1998, Ahmad Shabery said it was to strengthen and enhance administrative and other aspects to assist the MCMC as the country’s telecommunication industry regulator.