A new law to tackle fake news? – Syahredzan Johan

Source: The Star Online

By Syahredzan Johan

SO the Government intends to introduce a new legislation to tackle what is termed as “fake news”. A special task force has been set up to look into this new legislation to curb this and the Government hopes to table the Bill at the current Parliament sitting.

In the age of social media and high-speed Internet, information is shared instantly. Sharing and receiving information has become second nature, the result of which is we do not verify information we receive before we pass it on. As a result, information that is false or inaccurate becomes viral and is assumed as the truth. Read more

New CID director ‘naive’ about Australian law, says Zahid

Source: Free Malaysia Today

The deputy prime minister says he accepts Bukit Aman CID director Wan Ahmad Najmuddin Mohd’s explanation about his funds in Australia.

zahid-1PETALING JAYA: Deputy Prime Minister Ahmad Zahid Hamidi says Bukit Aman CID director Wan Ahmad Najmuddin Mohd may have been “naive” about Australian laws concerning remittances to fund his children’s education.

“This issue of remittance surfaced back in 2016. Wan Ahmad has already given me his explanation on the matter, and I am confident of his honesty.

“However, he might have been naive about laws surrounding the remittance, because although the money was acquired from the sale of a house, it exceeded A$10,000, which is the limit set by the Australian government,” Berita Harian quoted Zahid as saying. Read more

Election Commission and the courts — Gurdial Singh Nijar

Source: The Sun Daily

BY GURDIAL SINGH NIJAR
(Deputy President, HAKAM)

ON March 2 the Court of Appeal dismissed an application by the Selangor government to stay all proceedings of the Election Commission (EC) until its appeal on the constitutionality of the re-delineation exercise was heard in some three weeks’ time.

The Selangor government had filed for judicial review of the EC’s redrawing of boundaries exercise because it said:
» The EC had not followed the principles on which this could be done under the (Federal) Constitution;
» In carrying out the exercise, the EC had not complied with the mandatory procedure for the process as prescribed by the constitution;
» It had used a flawed electoral roll; and
» There were names of voters on the roll with no corresponding addresses.

All rather serious allegations which could render the EC’s exercise fatally unconstitutional. Read more

Group to name and shame parties on graft, democracy

Source: The Malaysian Insight

BEFORE the 14th general election, Malaysians will know which political parties are truly committed to reform and stamping out corruption, and which is merely spouting rhetoric.

A group of human rights, anti-graft bodies and think-tanks will be submitting a memorandum with a raft of demands to all political parties starting this week.

The parties which accept these demands will be named while those which do not will remain conspicuous in their silence, members of the group told The Malaysian Insight.

The demands include promises to make law enforcement independent, root out corruption, ensure freedom of expression and for officials to declare assets if they take over power at either the state or federal level.

The Governance, Integrity, Accountability and Transparency (GIAT) coalition consists of six civil society groups.

They are the Institute for Democracy and Economic Affairs (IDEAS), Centre to Combat Corruption and Cronyism (C4), Sinar Project, Transparency International-Malaysia, Friends of Kota Damansara, MyPJ and Society for the Protection of Human Rights (Proham). Read more