Deputy Communications and Multimedia Minister Jailani Johari (pic) today accuses foreign media of spreading fake news regarding 1MDB , and warns that those news portals that spread and propagate such fake news will face stern action.
Spreading fake news about 1MDB is part of last-minutes politically motivated efforts to defame and tarnish the good name of the prime minister Najib Razak in view of the 14th general election, he said when launching the Kedah edition of the Negaraku ‘ Connecting the Unconnected (CTU) programme’ at Sekolah Kebangsaan Seri Ampang Muda in Sik, Kedah today.
“1MDB case has been investigated by the relevant authorities, including the Public Accounts Committee (PAC), and all allegations about the misappropriation of funds were proven false.
“We are monitoring the issue now and we would like to advise the portals to stop spreading fake news, especially concerning the 1MDB,” he said.
Jailani said that the ministry of multimedia and communication has found several fake news being propagated by foreign media/ news portals.
Among the foreign news portals alleged to have published fake news about 1MDB, he said, were the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, The Economist, Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC), and MSNBC.
“We have identified several online news portals which, in their bid to tarnish the image and reputation of the prime minister (Najib Razak), have been reviving the 1MDB issue.
“This follows the seizure of a luxury yacht by the authorities in a neighbouring country,” he said.
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