KUALA LUMPUR – May 16, 2018: The plan by Prime Minister Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohamad to repeal the Anti-Fake News Law and not just review it means better news to some.
One of them is activist and former journalist Kee Thuan Chye.
“This is very happy news indeed…. I was a bit worried when I read reports of Mahathir wanting to review the act but now I’m happy he chooses to follow through his promise to abolish it,” said Kee.
“I also hope he will keep to his promise to abolish other controversial acts that might impede the freedom of speech.”
Kee must have been referring to the Sedition Act and the Printing Presses and Publications Act. He started a petition two days ago to urge the current government to keep its promise to repeal these laws and others deemed oppressive.
“I want a government we can trust. If they break their promise, they will lose the people’s trust,” remarked Kee.
The Free Malaysia Today news portal today quoted Mahathir as reasserting that he would repeal these laws but a search at other news outlets didn’t show a similar story.
Lawyers of Liberty (LFL) executive director Eric Paulsen echoed Kee’s view and was one of those unhappy over reports of Mahathir wanting to review the act instead of abolishing it.
Laws such as the Malaysia Communications and Multimedia Act and the Penal Code are sufficient to deal with untrue reports that can create chaos, pointed out Paulsen.