Legislation Update

Criminal Procedure Code (Amendment) (No. 2) Act 2012
The Criminal Procedure Code (Amendment) (No. 2) Act 2012 has taken effect on 31 July 2012 except sections 7, 8 and 9 which deal on the requirements of electronic monitoring devices.

Evidence (Amendment) (No. 2) Act 2012
The Evidence (Amendment) (No. 2) Act 2012 has taken effect on 31 July 2012. Significant amendments include a broader definition of the word “computer” in section 3 as well as the introduction of a new section 114A on presumption of fact in publication where owners or the administrators who facilitate the publication of online content would be liable for anonymous online contents posted on their registered networks or sites and data processing devices, unless it can be proved otherwise.

Penal Code (Amendment) Act 2012
The Penal Code (Amendment) Act 2012 has taken effect on 31 July 2012. The amendments include new provisions on activity detrimental to parliamentary democracy, member of a terrorist group and organized crime.

Security Offences (Special Measures) Act 2012
The Security Offences (Special Measures) Act 2012 has taken effect on 31 July 2012. It is an Act to provide for special measures relating to security offences for the purpose of maintaining public order and security and for connected matters.

Printing Presses and Publications (Amendment) Act 2012
The Printing Presses and Publications (Amendment) Act 2012 has taken effect on 15 July 2012. Significant amendments include the abolishment of the Minister’s absolute discretion in granting or refusing a printing licence and the prohibition of judicial review on the Minister’s decision is now removed.

Malaysian Institute of Road Safety Research Act 2012
The Malaysian Institute of Road Safety Research Act 2012 has taken effect on 15 July 2012. It is an Act to establish the Malaysian Institute of Road Safety Research.

Kuala Lumpur Regional Centre for Arbitration Rules (KLRCA Arbitration Rules)
The KLRCA Arbitration Rules as produced by the Kuala Lumpur Regional Centre for Arbitration are in force as at 2 July 2012.

Lembaga Kemajuan Ikan Malaysia (Amendment) Act 2012
The Lembaga Kemajuan Ikan Malaysia (Amendment) Act 2012 has taken effect on 1 July 2012. Section 11A is introduced which deals with enforcement at entry points, quarantine stations and quarantine premises.

Federal Agricultural Marketing Authority (Amendment) Act 2012
The Federal Agricultural Marketing Authority (Amendment) Act 2012 has taken effect on 1 July 2012. Section 17A is introduced which deals with enforcement at entry points, quarantine stations and quarantine premises.

Fisheries (Amendment) Act 2012
The Fisheries (Amendment) Act 2012 has taken effect on 1 July 2012. It amends section 40 of the Fisheries Act 1985.