PH fulfils another election promise as Malaysia revokes the Anti-Fake News Act

The Pakran Harapan government has fulfilled yet another of its election promises to Malaysian voters, as the controversial Anti-Fake News Act passed by the Barisan Nasional government shortly before Malaysia’s 14th General Election in May 2018 has been scrapped.

Under the Anti-Fake News Act, those found guilty of spreading what the authorities deemed as fake news could be jailed for up to six years and fined up to RM500,000 (S$164,000).

After gaining power, the PH government had tried to pass a Bill to repeal the Anti-Fake News in the Dewan Rakyat (the lower house of Parliament) in August 2018. However, it hit a roadblock after the opposition-controlled Dewan Negara (upper house of Parliament) later rejected it.

As there was a “cooling-off period” of one year under Article 68 of Malaysia’s Federal Constitution, the bill to repeal the Anti-Fake News was tabled again in October 2019. This time round, the bill was passed when 92 MPs voted for the law to be abolished, while 51 were against it.

Mohamed Hanipa Maidin, a Deputy Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department, said: “We cannot enslave humans through draconian laws because freedom is the most precious thing.” He added that the existing laws were adequate to tackle fake news and could be amended should they be found insufficient.

Meanwhile, the POFMA in Singapore has been decried internationally.

The Paris-based Reporters Without Borders said that it is “is appalled by the totalitarian aspects of Singapore’s new, highly controversial ‘anti-fake news’ law and decried its use in ordering corrections” to Facebook posts.

Similarly, the New York-based Committee to Protect Journalists, which called it a “clear and present danger to online press freedom.”

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8 Responses to “PH fulfils another election promise as Malaysia revokes the Anti-Fake News Act”

  • Bapak:

    What do I think? Regime change will be good.

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  • Bapak:

    We wish the clown enjoy his leave, permamently.

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  • Longan Lease Expiry:

    Oh no, another country disagrees with sg Draconian law.

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  • No Need To Talk Anymore:

    Just Vote the PAP out as advised by LKY before his death.

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  • dawn of a new era:

    Malaysia Boleh, Singapore Bodoh.
    still believing in PAP after getting played out GE after GE.
    when will the 70% wake up.

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  • Michael:

    What do I think ?
    Malaysian score 1 again . Singapore zero .

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  • NotMyProblem:

    Michael:
    What do I think ?
    Malaysian score 1 again . Singapore zero .

    Malaysia scored more than 1. Don’t forget Malaysians now know a lot about 1MDB. Singaporeans know nothing about Temasek, GLC, GIC despite having more graduates than Malaysia by proportion.

    So Malaysia 2 vs Singapore 0.

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  • patriot of TUMASIK:

    Bapak:
    We wish the clown enjoy his leave, permamently.

    The OWL hooted @Istana on 26August 2017…Dateline August 2020 three years after he will join the Bastard when the Owl hooted in 2013 and the gun Carriage rolled out in 2015…he gets one year grace for Repent & Repay or the Carriage will ROLL out of The Istana to the Tune of “There goes my Everything” the Billions that he cannot bring with him to join the Bastard!!!

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