Position Paper on the Official Secrets Act

“The most valuable asset to the government is protected information’.

C4 Center argues for a New Freedom of Information regime and considers amendments to the Official Secrets Act (OSA) for Malaysia. After more than 40 years in force, is it time to revisit the debate? We look at what the OSA covers, the international practice of Freedom of Information, stakeholder experience with the OSA and the link between transparency and government goals. This position paper concludes with the case for reform and recommendations. 

The report is now available for download. (58 pages, 1.53 pages)

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