Electronic surveillance legal, says Liew
Published on: Tuesday, January 14, 2020
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SANDAKAN: Electronic surveillance by law enforcement agencies in Malaysia is legal, according to Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department for Law, Datuk Liew Vui Keong (pic).

He said Parliament has enacted several provisions providing for this, the general law being Section 116C of the Criminal Procedure Code. 

It is a necessary measure practised by almost every country in the world to ensure the safety of its citizens.

He said electronic surveillance is necessary to safeguard national security and combat the increasingly complex nature of crimes today. “Our laws on electronic surveillance are in line with international standards and law  enforcement agencies do not embark on electronic surveillance at will.” 

“We have codified parameters for electronic surveillance in law and incorporated sufficient  safeguards to prevent abuse,” he added. 

Liew who also Batu Sapi Member of Parliament said this when asked by members of the press on the legality of electronic surveillance in the country, at the Batu Sapi Chinese New Year 2019 Contribution to Senior Citizen, Club and Lion Association.

He said agencies must first approach the Public Prosecutor and present their case. 

“Should the Public Prosecutor be convinced that the surveillance is absolutely necessary to obtain information on the commission of a criminal offence, only he may then require the surveillance be carried out.” 



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