KUCHING, May 18: Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad says the Communications and Multimedia Act 1998 (MCMC Act) will be reviewed when Parliament convenes.
He said this in a Twitter post in response to the recent arrest of a man who allegedly made insulting statements against him.
“I don’t agree with the action taken against those who criticised me. I have informed the police about this. The law will be reviewed when parliament convenes later,” said Dr Mahathir.
A man was arrested in Langkawi and is being investigated under Section 233 of the Communications and Multimedia Act 1998.
The Langkawi IPD announcing the arrest on its social media page said that the man was arrested following a report by NGOs against him on May 17.
Both veteran Democratic Action Party (DAP) leader Lim Kit Siang and Petaling Jaya MP Maria Chin Abdullah condemned the arrest before Dr Mahathir made his thoughts known on social media.
Lim called for the release of the man in a Twitter post, stating “Let us not embark on this path”.
Meanwhile, Chin who is also an activist said such an act would led to the creation of a culture of fear and should not be encouraged.
She said in a statement that the new government should not follow the previous administration’s disgraceful methods when dealing with criticism. — DayakDaily