KUALA LUMPUR, 8 April 2009: A personal privacy protection act will be promulgated to provide necessary checks against crimes and the intrusion of privacy, Home Minister Datuk Seri Syed Hamid Albar told the Dewan Negara.
“The matter has been discussed in the cabinet. I believe when the new cabinet is formed, it will delve into the act which will provide protection to individuals against the risks to privacy and the risks of falling victims to crimes,” he said when responding to a question from Senator Datuk Roslan Awang Chik today.
Syed Hamid said at present there was no specific law which provided the protection against personal interference.
However, he said, offenders were liable under Section 509 of the Penal Code which provided criminal penalties for denigrating any person or intruding upon the privacy of any person.
If convicted, the offender can be jailed up to five years or fine or both, he added. — Bernama