Anti-Fake News Act fails to define what is ‘fake’, says PH MP

Jelutong MP RSN Rayer.

KUALA LUMPUR: A PH MP today created a stir within BN MPs when he said the Anti-Fake News Act fails to define what is fake news and gave the previous government a wide range of powers to nab people.

RSN Rayer (PH-Jelutong) said there is only a vague interpretation of the law.

He told the Dewan Rakyat that fake news is interpreted as any news, information, data or report, wholly or partly in the form of article, visual recording or audio.

“This is a very general definition. The BN MPs are going all out to support this law but it does not explain what is fake,” he said.

Hearing this, several BN MPs voiced dissatisfaction but Rayer said the law does not protect victims.

“We need new laws as Section 1 to 14 do not define the offence.

“Laws should come with details of each section,” he said.

He said previously, if anyone had said Najib Razak (BN-Pekan) was close friends with Malaysian fugitive Low Taek Jho (Jho Low), they could face the wrath of the Anti-Fake News Act because “if we follow this law, it can be considered fake news”.

This was supported by Amin Ahmad (PH-Kangar) who said the vague definition gives wide-ranging powers to the government that can be abused.

The Dewan Rakyat is debating the law in the hope of repealing the Anti-Fake News Act for the second time.

The PH government had failed to repeal the law last year. This came after the Dewan Negara voted against repealing it.