Liew Vui Keong, Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department in charge of law (Photo: thestar.com.my)

Kuala Lumpur (VNA) – Up to 113 laws will need to be repealed, amended or drafted to meet targets under the Pakatan Harapan’s general election manifesto and the 11th Malaysia Plan, said Liew Vui Keong, Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department in charge of law.

Some of these laws in the proposed list will be tabled in the current Parliament session and the coming session, Liew said on October 24.

The remaining parts of the laws will be tabled according to the timeline which will be decided by the respective ministries, he said, adding that the laws include the abolition of the death penalty.

The list also includes the Dangerous Drugs Act 1952 (Act 234), the Industrial Co-ordination (amend­ment) Bill 2018, Sedition Act 1948, the Prevention of Crime Act 1959, and the Prevention of Terrorism Act 2015.

One week earlier, the House of Representatives approved the Children and Young Persons (Employment) (Amendment) Bill, which will see a ten-fold increase in fines for those employing youths below 15 years old or getting them to do hazardous work.

They may now also spend up to five years behind bars. Under the Bill, the minimum fines have been increased from RM5,000 to RM50,000 while the maximum penalty is now RM100,000, up from RM10,000.

The Bill also defines hazardous work to mean the handling of machi­­nery and working environment. It covers against exposing children to hazardous chemicals, dusty conditions, extreme temperature, noise and vibration.-VNA