‘DRAFT FAKE NEWS LAW QUICKLY’
Opposition threw unfounded allegations in GE13, says Ikmal Hisham
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