Friday, August 17, 2012

Section 114A Stays

The Star on Friday (p 06) reported Rais Yatim as saying that no change will be made to a protested amendment to the Evidence Act despite an online campaign and calls for its repeal from lawmakers on both sides of the divide. The amendment, Section 114A of the Evidence Act, introduces a presumption of publication of online content on the publisher or registered owner of a network, and in essence shifts the burden of proof onto the accused.

Rais added that the Cabinet on Wednesday decided to maintain the status quo after considering that parliamentarians had debated the matter prior to the law being passed. [At the time of the Cabinet meeting, Najib Razak was away overseas].

“Once it (the amendment) is officially passed, to do something now is an afterthought,” he was quoted as saying in the report.

This may be the Cabinet’s decision but didn’t their boss seek a review? Is Najib in control of the government or is there a mutiny in the making?

I was at a video-conference meeting and therefore, I missed two-thirds of the Sunway University Toastmasters meeting on Thursday. But what I saw indicated that it was still a good meeting – if you do not believe me, check out the photos below – and so, I smiled with satisfaction.

Joyce Loh, Area Governor B3 showed up at this meeting and I have accepted her apology for the no-show at the last meeting. All is forgiven. I really hope that Loh can be as supportive of this club as Jess Foong was last term.

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