Op­po­si­tion threw un­founded al­le­ga­tions in GE13, says Ik­mal Hisham

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THE gov­ern­ment should speed up the draft­ing of the law to curb fake news to en­sure that peo­ple’s minds will not be poi­soned by the op­po­si­tion ahead of 14th Gen­eral Elec­tion (GE14), a law­maker said yes­ter­day.

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

“Let’s not for­get that in GE13, the op­po­si­tion ac­cused BN of bring­ing in 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.

Ik­mal Hisham said 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 sur­prised that the op­po­si­tion seems like ‘cac­ing kepanasan’ (uneasy) when the gov­ern­ment an­nounced that it wanted to en­act the new law.

“But, at the same time, they (op­po­si­tion) claimed to be vic­tims of fake news.

“If they are vic­tims, they should sup­port the move and not go against it.”

He won­dered if the law would cause the op­po­si­tion to lose its “weapon” in fac­ing GE14.

“If there is no hid­den agenda, the op­po­si­tion should sup­port the draft­ing of the law.”

He pro­posed set­ting up a mon­i­tor­ing team un­der the At­tor­ney-Gen­eral’s Cham­ber, com­pris­ing of po­lice and Malaysian Com­mu­ni­ca­tions and Mul­ti­me­dia Com­mis­sion per­son­nel, to com­bat fake news.

Datuk Seri Ik­mal Hisham Ab­dul Aziz

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