Kuala Lumpur: Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak urges the Malaysian journalists to support and be with him in fighting against fake news by finding the truths and check the facts of any news before the General Election on 9th May.
Nevertheless he said: “I am not optimistic as I am sure there will be fake stories going around.”
“Just because there is an intention to pull down the government fake news have to be dessiminated.
“If you want to compete as a gentleman do not compete below the belt,” he said in his speech before launching the “National Media Day” at Matrade On Wednesday.
The National Media Day was gazetted to be celebrated on 29th May every year.
Najib also announced that he just received news from the Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department, Datuk Seri Azalina Othman Said that the Anti Fake News law has been consented by Yang di-Pertuan Agong and gazetted as an Act effective from today 11th April 2018.
Najib then related how fake news in the 13th General Election has affected and influenced even the urban intellectual persons into believing that the Barisan Nasional (BN) Government has imported 40,000 people from Bangladesh to be phantom voters.
“With that number of people we need at least 1,000 jumbo jet 747 to bring them here but not even one plane was seen as claimed.
“The Lynas Project near Kuantan was also alleged to have high radio active effects but until today there is no victims from such case,” he added.
He the described such period as “silly season” as any news dessiminated will be taken in easily by the people.
Najib said the media can criticise the government but do not spread fake news as it could destroy whatever have been built.
“Please help me to nurture the good values and build the societies’ high intellectual thinking power at par with the advanced economic nation that we are aspiring to reach,” Najib reiterated.
– Malaysia World News