KUALA LUMPUR – May 14, 2018: The plan by Prime Minister Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohamed not to repeal the new Anti-Fake News Act is being criticised by some, including supporters of his Pakatan Harapan coalition.
A Twitter user by the name of Faieq insists that the law passed weeks ago before parliament was dissolved is regressive and should be abolished.
“I really respect Mahathir but there is no reason for the act to remain in any form. It needs to be abolished… period,” he wrote.
Another Twitter user called Olz echoed Faieq’s thinking.
“Abolish it. It’s repressive and ridiculous and you know it. Keep to your promise.”
Others however are not so forgiving and feel betrayed by Mahathir’s statement on this.
Social activist Kee Thuan Chye, in expressing his anger, wrote on his Facebook wall that Mahathir’s stance on the matter is a clear case of an unfulfilled promise.
“During the GE14 campaign, Mahathir said a few times that the act would be abolished. Now he’s saying something else. Have they now seen how the law might be useful to themselves now that they are in government?
“Whatever the reason, it is a betrayal to break a promise to the people,” wrote Kee, who was known to be supportive of Pakatan before the elections.
“Abolish the draconian laws and give us a new democratic Malaysia. Don’t give us new laws resembling the old, like old wine in new bottles!” he remarked.
There are those who support Mahathir’s plan, one of whom is Varma Sreebala.
“Hahah, I think the law should stay, chill everyone the new government are (??) transparent,” she wrote at Facebook.
“Even though we support freedom of the press and freedom of speech, there are limits,” said Mahathir live on RTM.