‘No com­pro­mise on sen­si­tive is­sues’

New Straits Times - - News -

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.

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