Breach of OSA if Hamzah keeps, shares govt secrets, experts say

Opposition leader Datuk Seri Hamzah Zainudin can be jailed for one to seven years under Section 8, Official Secrets Act (OSA) 1972 if he divulges secret government information.

(Sinar Daily) – This comes after the former home minister said he had access to documents about government leaders when he was the minister.

Sultan Zainal Abidin Universiti’s Faculty of Law and International Relations Head, Dr Hussain Yusri Zawawi claimed that individuals who leak government secrets through Whatsapp, Facebook and other social media platforms violate the integrity of civil servants and their oath of secrecy.

“Malaysia has legal provisions that can be imposed on offenders base on the Public Officers Regulations 1993 or the Official Secrets Act 1972.

“Under Section 8 (1) of the act, it is an offence for those who are not authorised to possess or control any official secret, keep it, use it, communicate it or fail to keep it well.

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