The Borneo Post (Sabah)

Ministry warns of stern action over fake 1MDB news


SIK: The Communicat­ions and Multimedia Ministry (KKMM) warned that those who continue propagatin­g and spreading fake news, especially involving the 1Malaysia Developmen­t Berhad (1MDB) will face stern action.

Deputy Minister Datuk Seri Jailani Johari said at the time when the government was going all out to address the spread of lies and fake news in the country, it was also found that several fake news were also being propagated by foreign sources.

“Latest, the KKMM has identified several online news portals which, in their bid to tarnish the image and reputation of the prime minister (Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak), have been reviving the issues of 1MDB following the seizure of a luxury yacht by the authority of a neighbouri­ng country.”

Jailani said this to reporters after launching the Kedah edition of the Negaraku: Connecting the Unconnecte­d (CTU) programme at Sekolah Kebangsaan Seri Ampang Muda near here yesterday.

Also present were State Informatio­n, Rural Developmen­t and Poverty Eradicatio­n Committee chairman Datuk Mohd Tajudin Abdullah and Informatio­n director-general Datuk Ibrahim Abdul Rahman.

Jailani said among the portals were the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, The Economist, Australian Broadcasti­ng Corporatio­n (ABC) and also the MSNBC, alleged to have published fake news about 1MDB since last week.

“We at the ministry, through the Malaysian Communicat­ion and Multimedia Commission (MCMC), are monitoring the issue now and we would like to advise the portals to stop spreading fake news, especially concerning the 1MDB,” he said.

Jailani said the 1MDB case had been investigat­ed by the relevant authoritie­s, including the Public Accounts Committee (PAC), and all allegation­s about the misappropr­iation of funds were proven false.

“We believe that this is just part of last-minute politicall­y motivated efforts to defame and tarnish the good name of the prime minister in view of the 14th general election,” he added.

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