Critics query KL's rush to pass Bill on fake news

It has been just over a month since Prime Minister Najib Razak said a law was needed to stop the spread of fake news online.
It has been just over a month since Prime Minister Najib Razak said a law was needed to stop the spread of fake news online. PHOTO: REUTERS

Critics have questioned the need for, and the speed in drafting, a new law on fake news as the Malaysian government rushes the Bill through the parliamentary sitting starting today.

While opposition politicians have claimed the law is intended to muffle dissent, lawyers are concerned that there has not been enough time to properly draft the provisions, and take into account existing laws governing the spread of false information.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on March 05, 2018, with the headline 'Critics query KL's rush to pass Bill on fake news'. Print Edition | Subscribe