A special committee has been set up under the Prime Minister’s Department to review outdated Acts.

Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Datuk Seri Mohamed Nazri Aziz said most of these Acts were created between 1948 and 1952, or during the British rule, and the sentences were outmoded.

“For example, four Selangor Umno Youth members were recently fined RM1,000 each under an old Act for preventing Karpal Singh (Member of Parliament for Bukit Gelugor) from entering Parliament. The fine is rather small by present standards.

“The court could not pass a stiffer penalty as the provision of the act was such,” Nazri told reporters after closing the family day of the Chenderoh chapter of the Malaysian Ex-servicemen Association here today.

Headed by Deputy Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Datuk Liew Vui Keong and aided by the Attorney General’s Chamber, Nazri said the committee would propose whether the laws needed to be amended with regard to the offences and penalties.

He said Home Minister Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Hussein had brought to the Prime Minister’s Department attention that some acts dated back 60 years.

In another development, Nazri said the Commercial Vehicles Licencing Board (CVLB) would grant taxi permits to applicants who have more than five years’ driving experience.

“About 9,000 people had applied for individual taxi licences when the applications were opened from May to October last year. The selection process is being carried out now and some applications had already been approved,” he said.

He said taxi permits would only be approved for applicants who are healthy, with adequate capital and have not been involved in crimes and major traffic offences. — Bernama