PETALING JAYA: DAP’s Lim Kit Siang and Zaid Ibrahim today questioned Putrajaya’s efforts to curb “fake news”, saying they had been at the receiving end of misinformation and distortions without any action by the authorities.
This comes after a poster made rounds on social media bearing an image of Zaid under the words “Thank you Lim Kit Siang”.
“I will work hard and continue his legacy in Gelang Patah. Johoreans are with me,” says a quote attributed to the former law minister, hinting that he would contest in Lim’s constituency at the next general election.
But Zaid said the poster was an example of fake news, and asked Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Azalina Othman if the government would investigate it.
“How will Azalina and her fake news committee deal with this? I seek a response from the minister in charge of controlling fake news on what she will do with the false poster, the contents of which are explanatory,” said Zaid, who is convinced that the poster was the work of Barisan Nasional’s propaganda unit.
The committee, comprising representatives from the Attorney-General’s Chambers, the police and the communications and multimedia ministry, was set up to study the legal aspects regarding the spread of fake news.
Azalina had said more stakeholders would be called on to discuss the issue of fake social media accounts created to spread false content.
But Lim asked if the committee was part of efforts to combat Pakatan Harapan’s (PH) influence online, as the coalition engages the social media to reach out for support.
He also questioned if the communications and multimedia ministry’s anti-fake news site, sebenarnya.my, had attempted to stop the lies against the opposition.
He said he had repeatedly been the target of fake news, and accused Prime Minister Najib Razak of playing a role to disseminate it during the Umno general assembly.
“Najib’s trio of fake news at the Umno general assembly in the past two years, viz: that 1. That the 14th general election will be a contest between Umno and DAP; 2. That DAP is anti-Malay or anti-Islam. 3. The ‘nightmares’ Malays will suffer if Umno loses power in the next general election,” Lim said.