KUALA LUMPUR — May 21, 2018: The Anti-Fake News Act that was officially gazetted in April just a few weeks before the general elections on May 9 will be abolished.
New Communications and Multimedia Minister Gobind Singh Deo will bring the proposal to Prime Minister Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohamad so that it could be abolished as soon as possible.
“I have a list that we need to study. I will hold a press conference tomorrow to inform specifically. We have an Anti-Fake News Act . As mentioned in the Pakatan Harapan manifesto, we will repeal it.
“We will set the time frame. The first 100 days we have to deliver but how much time is required I will discuss with my officials tomorrow. Indeed, I will do it and start work tomorrow at 8.30am sharp,” he said today after taking his oath of office, loyalty and secrecy together with 12 other Cabinet ministers before Yang di-Pertuan Agong Sultan Muhammad V at Istana Negara.
As the minister, Gobind, 45, said media freedom was his main agenda and he was committed in that regard, especially since it was one of the promises in the manifesto.
“Media freedom is my priority. The media churning out news and publishing companies are bound by existing laws so we have to look at it that way and we have to find ways to improve freedom of the press in the country. And I am committed to do so.
“I will create a group of legal experts so that they can see the impact of the law so far…. where there are shortcomings we will try to improve,” he said.
The Puchong MP said he would also give serious attention to the whole aspect of news reporting and find out how local television stations can compete with international media channels.
Gobind, who is a DAP deputy chairman, has a Bachelor of Law degree from Warwick University and was admitted as Barrister-at-Law at Lincoln’s Inn. He was admitted to the Malaysian Bar in 1996.
His involvement in politics began 10 years ago as a member of the DAP central executive committee. — Bernama