Putrajaya must admit there are stunted kids for problem to be resolved, says economist

Source: The Malaysian Insight

STUNTED Malaysian children is a real problem that Putrajaya must admit rather than ignore, said an economist whose recent survey had uncovered a high number of malnourished children in low-cost housing projects..

DM Analytics managing director and chief economist Muhammed Abdul Khalid said Putrajaya needed to acknowledge the problem if it was to be resolved.

“We have a problem with the poor. If we are not going to acknowledge it, we are not going to solve it,” he said at a forum organised by Buku Jalanan today.

He said it was a shame that even the most highly placed leaders were turning a blind eye on the growing epidemic. Read more

Welcome to the Big Brother’s matrix — Jahabar Sadiq

Source: The Malaysian Insight

BY JAHABAR SADIQ

Ex-Malaysian Insider editor Jahabar Sadiq is behind the new venture, The Malaysian Insight. Pic taken from ST.

“You have to wonder the reasons for such a confident government to enact such a law. You have to wonder the reasons that only their narrative must be held up as the truth, and everything that is contradictory is fake.” – Jahabar Sadiq

EVERYONE will be affected by the Anti-Fake News Bill 2018 when it finally gets approved.

What it does is simply this – it allows the authorities to shape and define what is fact and what is fiction.

It allows the authorities to determine the size of the football pitch, the width and height of the goalposts, as the case may be.

Heck, it can even keep redefining what nasi lemak is depending on the time of day.

In other words, you are living in the Big Brother’s matrix. They define your reality and unreality, no matter what is outside the territories and waters of Malaysia. Read more

Report information on child abuse or face imprisonment, says deputy minister

Source: The Malay Mail Online

KUALA LUMPUR, March 26 — Three groups of individuals with information on child abuse are reminded to report it to the authorities or face imprisonment and fines if they fail to do so, said Deputy Women, Family and Development Minister Datuk Azizah Mohd Dun.

Azizah said the obligation was contained under the Child Act 2001 involving individuals comprising registered medical officers, family members and child minders.

She said under Section 27, 28 and 29 of the amended act, a registered medical practitioner or medical officer, any family members and child minder on reasonable grounds that the child has been physically or emotionally abused as a result of being tortured, neglected, abandoned, exposed or sexually abused must immediately notify the relevant parties.

“If they fail to report, they are liable to be convicted of imprisonment or fine (fine not exceeding RM5,000 or jail not exceeding two years or both),” she said during the question-and-answer session at the Dewan Rakyat sitting here today. Read more

Govt tables anti-fake news Bill for first reading

Source: The Malay Mail Online

KUALA LUMPUR, March 26 — The government tabled its Anti-Fake News Bill 2018 for the first reading in Parliament today.

The proposed law seeks to penalise those who create, offer, circulate, print and publish fake news or publications containing fake news with a jail term of up to 10 years, a maximum fine of RM500,000, or both.

Those found guilty of persisting in spreading fake news will be further subject to a fine of RM100,000 if they fail to remove such publications and a maximum fine of RM3,000 for every day the “offence” continues to be committed.

According to the Bill, fake news is interpreted as any news, information, data and reports which is or are wholly or partly false whether in the form of features, visuals or audio recordings or in any other form capable of suggesting words or ideas.

Publication is interpreted as any written publication or similar in nature and every reproduction of such publications. Read more

What Putrajaya wants you to know about its anti-fake news law

Source: The Malay Mail Online

KUALA LUMPUR, March 26 — The federal government today issued a seven-point frequently asked questions (FAQ) on its proposal for a new Anti-Fake News Act that will punish those who create or publish “fake news” about Malaysia or Malaysians.

Image taken from The Star Online.

Why this law?

In the FAQ, Putrajaya justified the need for this new law, asserting that existing Malaysian laws are incapable of effectively controlling the problem of “fake news”.

“Furthermore, the laws that are frequently cited in this matter such as the Penal Code, the Printing Presses and Publications Act 1984 and the Communications and Multimedia Act 1998 that were drafted on or before the 1990s cannot deal with the type of complex offences in line with the latest technological developments,” said the FAQ issued by the de facto law minister Datuk Seri Azalina Othman’s office.

It also said this proposed law will feature new elements such as “extra-territorial application”, which treats anyone of any nationality who had committed a fake news-related offence abroad as having committed it in Malaysia. Read more

Anti-Fake News Bill seeks high punishment for offenders (Updated)

Source: The Star Online

Image taken from The Star Online.

PETALING JAYA: Under the proposed Anti-Fake News Bill, the dissemination of fake news on social media and any other medium could land you with a fine and in jail.

According to a Frequently Asked Question sheet about the Anti-Fake News Bill make available to The Star, offenders will see a higher punishment that includes a fine and imprisonment.

It said the Anti-Fake News Bill is needed as a deterrent to send the message that every individual is responsible for sharing real and verified news.

It said the proposed bill indicates that the Government will not compromise with the dissemination of fake news that can threaten the security and harmony of the country.

It added that the bill is needed because the current Penal Code, the Printing Presses and Publications Act 1984 and the Communications and Multimedia Act 1998 are not sufficient to cope with the complex nature of the spread of fake news in this technological era.  Read more

So what exactly counts as ‘fake news’? Govt Bill explains

Source: The Malay Mail Online

KUALA LUMPUR, March 26 — The Parliament saw the tabling of the Anti-Fake News Bill 2018 for the first reading today after the Cabinet approved its draft last Wednesday.

But what are the cases in which a person can be found to have committed fake news under the law, if it’s passed?

Here are eight scenarios listed in the Bill in which a person can be charged and slapped with a fine up of to RM500,000 or jailed up to 10 years, or both.

1. When B publishes ‘fake news’ from A unknowingly: A is guilty

Under the first scenario, if person B publishes on his blog a news that he received from person A without knowing if the information was false, he is not found guilty. Instead, it is the latter who is found guilty. Read more