KUALA LUMPUR, Aug 14 (Bernama) — The government will formulate the Freedom of Information Act so as to be in line with the promise made by Pakatan Harapan (PH) in its manifesto, said Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Datuk Liew Vui Keong.
He said the formulation of the legislation required an in-depth study to ensure it would not contravene any of the existing laws.
The minister who is in charge of the law portfolio said it was also in line with the PH government’s commitment to review the Whistleblower Protection Act 2010, the Official Secrets Act 1972 and the Witness Protection Act 2009.
“So far, two states namely Penang and Selangor have enforced the enactment of freedom of information in 2010 and 2011,” he said.
He was replying to a question from Wong Hon Wai (DAP-Bukit Bendera) who had wanted to know whether the PH government would table the Freedom of Information Act in the current Dewan Rakyat sitting here today.
According to Liew, the government would also conduct a study on the effectiveness of the enforcement of the enactments in the two states by taking into account the views of stakeholders.