BN lawmaker urges haste in drafting fake news law


KUALA LUMPUR: The government should speed up the drafting of the law to curb fake news to ensure that the people's mind will not be poisoned by the opposition ahead of 14th General Election (GE14), a lawmaker said today.

Datuk Seri Ikmal Hisham Abdul Aziz (BN-Tanah Merah) said, based on the previous general elections, the opposition had been known to throw unfounded allegations against Barisan Nasional (BN).

"Let's not forget that in GE13, the opposition accused BN of bringing thousands of Bangladeshis to vote, but not one was brought forward," he said when debating the motion of thanks for the royal address at the Dewan Rakyat today.

Ikmal Hisham also suggested that while waiting for the drafting process to be completed, the government, via the Communications and Multimedia Ministry, should increase monitoring in dealing with the spread of fake news.

"I am surprise when the opposition seems like ‘cacing kepanasan’ (uneasy) when the governement announced that they wanted to enact the new law.

"But at the same time, they claimed victims of fake news. If they are the victims, they should support the move and not go against it," he said.

Ikmal also wondered if the law would cause the opposition to lose their ‘weapon’ in facing GE14.

"If there is no hidden agenda, the opposition should fully support the drafting of the law," he said.

He also proposed the setting up a special monitoring team under the Attorney-General’s Chamber comprising of the police and Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC) personnel to combat fake news. © New Straits Times Press (M) Bhd