Dewan Negara passes Anti-Fake News Bill 2018

Source: The Malay Mail Online

KUALA LUMPUR, April 3 — The Dewan Negara today passed the Anti-Fake News Bill 2018 which represents a serious move by the government to check the dissemination of fake news brought on by the development of modern technology.

Dewan Negara president Tan Sri SA Vigneswaran announced that the bill was passed by a majority voice vote after 17 senators spoke during the debate on it.

Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Datuk Seri Azalina Othman Said, who tabled the bill earlier today, said during the winding-up of the debate that the government’s move to introduce the law would not restrict freedom of speech as it was only aimed at checking the dissemination of fake news.

She said that despite the existence of several relevant laws, it had been difficult to effectively and swiftly control the dissemination of fake news until today due to the rapid and complex development of information technology.

“The laws often cited in this matter, such as the Penal Code, Printing Presses and Publications Act 1984 and the Communications and Multimedia Act 1998, had been enacted in the 1990s or earlier and are unable to address the complex nature of the offences in line with the advancement of current technology,” she said. Read more

Redelineation Proposals are Fundamentally Flawed, Inherently Unfair, and Unconstitutional — Malaysian Bar

Source:  Malaysian Bar

Press Release

Redelineation Proposals are Fundamentally Flawed, Inherently Unfair, and Unconstitutional

The Malaysian Bar is deeply disturbed by the overall manner in which the redelineation exercise was conducted by the Election Commission (“EC”), leading up to and including the indecent haste in which the EC’s redelineation proposals were tabled and passed by the Dewan Rakyat on 28 March 2018.

The redelineation exercise was dogged by procedural issues from the very beginning, starting from the redelineation exercise for the state of Sarawak, the proposals for which were presented for public review in January 2015.  In the High Court case of See Chee How & Anor v Pengerusi Suruhanjaya Pilihan Raya Malaysia, the High Court of Sabah and Sarawak at Kuching ruled that the preliminary information provided in the EC’s public notice was insufficient, although this finding was reversed by the Court of Appeal.  The Federal Court in turn refused to grant leave to appeal, on the ground that the proposals had, by then, already been submitted to the Prime Minister. Read more