Fake news law: Malays not stupid

In Malaysia on 03/05/2018 at 10:52 am

The Malays ruling M’sia show that authorities in SE Asia (S’pore included) got a point on need of a “fake news” law.

M’sia’s first use of its newly passed “fake news” law will have ang moh tua kees here wondering what hit them. They’ll have to admit that the actions of one Sulaiman (who pleaded guilty) shows the need for such a law even if it limits freedom of expression:

A Malaysian court has convicted a Danish citizen over inaccurate criticism of police on social media, the first person to be prosecuted under a new law against fake news.

Salah Salem Saleh Sulaiman, 46, was charged with spreading false news after he posted a video on YouTube accusing police of taking 50 minutes to respond to distress calls after the shooting of a Palestinian lecturer on 21 April.

Police said they took eight minutes to respond to the shooting in the capital, Kuala Lumpur. The charge against Sulaiman said he had “with ill intent, published fake news through a video on YouTube”.

Sulaiman, who was not represented at the court hearing, pleaded guilty, but said the video was posted in a “moment of anger” and he did not mean any harm. “I agreed I made a mistake … I seriously apologise to everybody inMalaysia, not just in the Malaysian police,” said Sulaiman, a Danish citizen of Yemeni descent.

From ang moh tua kees favourite newspaper

It’s a sad day for the ang moh tua kees here and the rest of SE Asia because

Governments elsewhere in south-east Asia, including Singapore and the Philippines, have also proposed laws aimed at clamping down on the spread of fake news, to the dismay of media rights advocates.

  1. “ang moh tua kees”, many of them have western passports

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