Govt tables Bill to repeal Fake News Act
August 08, 2018
Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Datuk Liew Vui Keong tabled today a Bill to cancel the newly Anti-Fake News Act passed by Parliament just months earlier.
The Bill is expected to be passed at the policy stage during this parliamentary sitting which ends on August 16.
The controversial Act was rushed through and gazetted on April 11, mere days before the announcement of the 14th general election and was among the laws that Pakatan Harapan had promised to abolish in its manifesto.
The law has a vague definition on what is “fake news” and allows the government to determine what is fake and what is factual with harsh punishments.
The law was applicable not only to news establishments but to all forms of media, including social media applications and platforms like WhatsApp.
PM: Anti-Fake News Act to be abolished
June 07, 2018
PUTRAJAYA, June 6 ― Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad announced today the abolishment of the Goods and Services Tax (GST) Act and the Anti-Fake News Act.
“We will fully abolish GST and the Anti-Fake News Act when Parliament convenes in July,” he said after chairing the weekly Cabinet meeting here.
He said amendments to several other existing Acts will also be tabled in Parliament and that he will announce them at a later date.
Dr Mahathir said the government had made an electoral promise to get rid of the restrictive Anti-Fake News Act gazetted just two months ago and was now making good on its pledge.
“The repealing of the Act will be studied and debated by members of Parliament with the intent of doing away with this draconian law,” he said.
In-Progress: Pending parliament to convene
Anti-Fake News Act repeal to take two, three months
May 28, 2018
The entire process of the repeal of the Anti-Fake News Act 2018 may take two or three months, Communications and Multimedia Minister Gobind Singh Deo said today.
He is aiming for the repeal bill to be tabled in Parliament when it convenes on June 25, or in the parliamentary session after if he cannot prepare the necessary documents in time