Stop spreading defamatory news, say Malay Rulers

The Conference of Rulers says exchanging defamatory statements and display of hatred seem to have become a culture in society.

KUALA LUMPUR: The Malay Rulers today advised the people to immediately stop the spreading of defamatory and unconfirmed news that can undermine the nation’s harmony and well-being.

They view with grave concern the widespread hurling of slanderous remarks among the people of late, said a statement by the Conference of Rulers.

“The act of exchanging defamatory statements and the public display of hatred seem to have become a culture in society right now.

“It is most feared that this defamation that triggers disputes will worsen – unless it is contained and controlled – and cause anxiety among the people,” the statement issued by the Keeper of the Rulers’ Seal, Syed Danial Syed Ahmad, said.

It said the pre-council meeting of the Malay Rulers today, on the eve of the meeting of the Conference of Rulers, had in-depth discussions on, among others, issues relating to the unity, harmony and well-being of the people.

The Malay Rulers have a role in preserving the well-being and harmony of the people and feel they have a responsibility to rectify the situation, the statement said.

“Hence, the Malay Rulers firmly advise all the people in the country to immediately stop the indiscriminate hurling of defamatory remarks so that they cease to haunt the lives of the people of this country.

“The Malay Rulers urge all the people in the country to adopt a healthy culture based on a life of harmony and tolerance and without prejudice against one another to achieve the aspiration of mutual co-existence for the nation’s prosperity,” it said.

The Conference of Rulers also called on all parties, especially the enforcement authorities and the influential, to take more productive measures in addressing sedition and defamation that are often made openly on social media.

It said stern and thorough investigations should be made against those responsible for spreading news or stories that had yet to be proven true.