Fake controversial ‘news reports’ by Guan Eng emerge

Finance Minister Lim Guan Eng never made remarks critical of Islam and Malays, says his press secretary.

PETALING JAYA: An aide to the finance minister today denied reports in which Lim Guan Eng had supposedly questioned Islam and was critical of the Malays, saying Lim never made such remarks.

Lim’s press secretary, Lutfi Hakim, said the news reports, which were made to look as if they were published by news websites such as Malaysiakini and Astro Awani, and even Roketkini, were fake and aimed at slandering the DAP secretary-general.

“These fake news reports are meant to provoke anger and fan racial sentiments as well as sow hatred towards the finance minister,” he said in a statement.

Lutfi was referring to report titled “Agong tiada hak tolak nama Penguam Negara PH” (King has no right to reject PH’s candidate for attorney-general), supposedly published by Astro Awani, and “Melayu jangan terlalu mengemis dengan kerajaan” (Malays should not beg from the government), supposedly published by Malaysiakini.

The other “news reports” include one where Lim was alleged to have questioned Islamic laws and also cited a study that reflected negatively on the Malay community.

Lutfi said a police report was lodged at the Dang Wangi station two days ago after these “news reports” went viral on WhatsApp.

He reminded the public to cross-check information on social media against established media outlets or with the ministry.

“Forwarding fake messages is an offence under various laws, including the Penal Code and the Communications and Multimedia Act 1998,” he said.