Critics query Malaysia'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. PHOTO: THE NEW PAPER
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KUALA LUMPUR - Critics have questioned the need for a new law on fake news as the Malaysian government rushes the Bill through the parliamentary sitting starting on Monday (March 5).

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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