Malaysia: Current laws enough to deal with fake news

Malaysia plans to do away with its Anti-Fake News Act but will set up a bipartisan parliamentary panel to look into the issue of how to deal with fake news using current laws.
Malaysia plans to do away with its Anti-Fake News Act but will set up a bipartisan parliamentary panel to look into the issue of how to deal with fake news using current laws.PHOTO: AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE

Malaysia is poised to set up a bipartisan parliamentary panel to look into how to deal with fake news using current laws or other methods, as it goes ahead with repealing the Anti-Fake News Act (AFNA).

The Pakatan Harapan (PH) coalition came into power after the May 2018 election, promising to do away with a raft of laws it claims were put in place to suppress freedom under the six-decade-long Barisan Nasional regime.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on October 07, 2019, with the headline 'Current laws enough to deal with fake news'. Print Edition | Subscribe