Risks related to cybercrimes have posed serious challenges to the government, particularly law enforcement agencies in maintaining law and order.
In some cases, with the uncontrollable progress of ICT, risks in the form of weaknesses in the current law in-practice, economic development, political stability and social well-being of people are created.
With that awareness in mind, the Malaysia Law Reform Committee (MLRC) in collaboration with the School of Law, College of Law, Government and International Studies, Universiti Utara Malaysia (UUM COLGIS) and the Association of Law Students of UUM organised the 4th National Law Students Conference, 4U & Me Legal Forum, with the theme, "The Pursuit of Digital Generation ' in conjunction with the annual Festival of Law.
The programme provided participants who comprised of fellow lecturers and students with the opportunity and platform to put forth ideas, suggestions and views on reformed laws.
It is an initiative taken by the Law students of UUM to encourage discussion of intellectually, critically and constructively stimulating law amongst lecturers and students of institutions of higher learning, particularly on issues related to cyber laws.
The conference was officiated by Yang Berhormat Puan Hajah Nancy Haji Shukri, Minister at the Prime Minister’s Department at the Auditorium, School of International Studies, UUM COLGIS and attended by lecturers and law students from various institutions of higher learning as well as representatives from the various Government Departments and Agencies.
Yang Berhormat Puan Hajah Nancy Haji Shukri in her speech said that with today's technological advancements, the challenges present are not only in the form of keeping abreast with the latest happenings but it is equally important to ensure the protection thereof under the law is comparable and the law should reflect the needs of society, relevant and strong.
"This is where the law is dynamic and reform requires the participation of the general public. Therefore, on behalf of the MLRC, I would like to invite the participants to this conference to identify the problems related to cyber laws and make recommendations to us on how to revamp them."
"I fervently hope that through active participation from enthusiastic participants throughout the conference can be used as a platform to gather thinkers to think critically for the benefit of Malaysia's future. Perhaps proposal for monitoring online activity and stricter enforcement of cyber laws can be included in the resolution made at the end of the conference. I truly believe that many interesting suggestions and ideas will be shared throughout the conference, "she said.
Meanwhile UUM Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Dato' Seri Dr Mohamed Mustafa Ishak in his welcoming speech said that this conference is the best approach to raise awareness of cybercrime which ought to be taken seriously because it poses a new threat to the country's legal system.
"Truly, this is a good platform which offers another form of learning opportunity to students to share, explore and contribute ideas meaningfully in order to develop the legal system of our country which we love so dearly. I hope the cooperation between the organisers of this programme can be continued in the future, "he said.
Also present at the ceremony were Director General of Legal Affairs Division, Prime Minister's Department, Datuk Mohd. Zuki Ali; Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research & Innovation) UUM, Prof Dr Noor Azizi Ismail; Assistant Vice- Chancellor, UUM COLGIS , Assoc. Prof Dr Ahmad Bashawir Haji Abdul Ghani, members of MLRC and university officials.
Among the activities planned are paper presentation entitled 'Youth and Social Media: The Unseen Threat' by Dr. Zainal Amin Ayub, Dean of the UUM School of Law and 'Cyber Law on Pornography' by Assoc. Prof. Dr. Sonny Zulhuda of IIUM.
In addition, there would also be a forum entitled, "Digital Generation: Cybercrime & 'Violation of Freedom of Expression' with Dr. Hartini Saripan, Deputy Dean of the Faculty of Law, Universiti Teknologi Mara (Shah Alam) and Mdm. Amar Kaur D /O Jagjit Singh, Deputy Director of Network Intelligence Department, the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC) presiding as the panellists.
Meanwhile in the final session students will take part in a plenary session to present their ideas and resolutions regarding laws related to cybercrime and cyber laws in Malaysia.
Translated by Mahaliza Mahadhir
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