‘No compromise on sensitive issues’
KUALA LUMPUR: The government will not compromise when it comes to sensitive issues on race and religion, especially when they are featured in the news.
Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak said such sensitivities were a no-go for Malaysia’s multiracial society.
He urged media outlets to ensure stories were done in a fair manner so as to not disrupt unity.
“Any news reported and opinion that is given must not in any way touch on sensitive issues that can anger the people.
“The government will not compromise when it comes to sensitive issues such as race and religion,” said Najib in a speech read by Communications and Multimedia Minister Datuk Seri Salleh Said Keruak at the launch of Astro’s “NJOI Now” free video streaming service app at the Desa Tasik Sports Complex here yesterday.
Najib said with fake news being spread, the onus must be on media organisations to quickly address any lies by providing verified facts.
He said even though the government did not prevent any media organisation from expressing its opinion, it did not mean that untruths could be disseminated.