Anti-fake news bill reduces proposed jail time to 6 years

Source: Free Malaysia Today

KUALA LUMPUR: The maximum jail time proposed under the Anti-Fake News Bill 2018 has been amended from 10 to six years.

Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Azalina Othman said the government would also change the word “knowingly” to “maliciously” in Clause 4 of the bill.

The word “knowingly” was among the contentious points brought up during meetings between the Attorney-General’s Chambers (AGC) and opposition MPs and journalists.

It was pointed out that the word “knowingly” was vague and could be interpreted in many ways and was hard to define.

“This shows that the government, under the leadership of the prime minister, is very attentive and ready to receive all views and suggestions to make the bill inclusive and comprehensive,” said Azalina in the Dewan Rakyat here today. Read more

Report: Muslims-only, Chinese-only show Malaysia’s growing racism

Source: Free Malaysia Today

The Malaysian Racial Discrimination Report 2017, released today, said the government had reneged on its promises to promote national unity.

“In fact, racism has become more pronounced and is being increasingly used as a tool to divide and rule.”

It added that with the 14th general election (GE14) around the corner, politicians from both sides of the political divide had resorted to race-based politics to win support.

The 46-page report said the rise in racial and religious discrimination was not only worrying but also highlighted the inherent danger due to the overreach of bureaucratic Islamic institutions.

According to the report, 2017 saw an increase in incidence of racial discrimination. Read more