KUALA LUMPUR: The much debated Bill to repeal the Anti-Fake News Act 2018 was today rejected by the Dewan Negara with 28 against, 21 supported and three others chose not to vote.
The outcome of the voting taken by the senators was announced by the President of Dewan Negara Tan Sri S.A. Vigneswaran.
The Dewan Rakyat had passed the Anti Fake News (Repeal) Bill on August 16.
The Anti Fake News Act 2018 was bulldozed through Parliament by the previous Barisan Nasional Government on April and passed in Parliament on April 2.
On April 3, Dewan Negara then passed the Act even though there was a strong protest by Pakatan lawmakers in the Dewan Rakyat.
The Pakatan Harapan (PH) in its election manifesto has promised to repeal the Act.
On another development, Deputy Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department (JPM), Mohamed Hanipa Maidin said, the decision made by the senators was to delay and embarrass the Pakatan Harapan Government.
“We have to wait for one year before the Anti Fake News (Repeal) Bill could be tabled again in the Dewan Rakyat,” he told TV1 at the Parliament lobby today.
Mohamed Hanipa also warned the Barisan Nasional (BN) senators to be extra careful… for their actions will be closely watched by the people.
“The Anti Fake News Act has to be repealed to ensure that nobody will become the victim as the “problematic Act” was passed by the former Barisan Nasional Government in a hurry,” he said. – Malaysia World News