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Are Malaysians so dangerous and diabolical to deserve the anti-fake news law?

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It is an insult to all those who have never resorted to violent means to struggle for their rights and democratic space, writes JD Lovrenciear.

The reckless speed and questionable urgency in rushing through the widely talked about anti-fake news law by Najib’s government – with loyal support from his partners-in-waiting, Pas – raises a fundamental question.

Are Malaysians really a dangerous lot? Are we notorious for throwing out governments every five years through ugly, dangerous and violent acts and through deception?

In these past 13 general elections spanning six decades, did Malaysians march to the polls employing fake news to overthrow their elected government? Did we use molotov cocktails and gunpowder to force politicians to flee?

Every five years, over 13 terms, Malaysians faithfully and peacefully voted the same political party to power. Malaysians have demonstrated that they cherished peace, progress and prosperity through peaceful and honourable means.

But now, this anti-fake news law gives the unmistakable impression that Malaysians are prone to instigation, false news mongering and violence at the least provocation and therefore need to be caged by the fear of an extraordinarily intimidating law with ambiguous powers.

Indeed it is an insult to all the citizens in this country who have never resorted to brutal, violent, bloody means to fight for their rights, beliefs, democratic space and justice.

Despite having diverse roots – from Bugis to Malabar to Indian, Chinese, and what-have-you with equally different religious beliefs and education to boot (East to West, North to South) – we Malaysians have largely lived in peace and harmony. At most, we have taken part or supported peaceful assemblies through Bersih and the Reformasi in recent decades.

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Even the controversial May 13, 1969 riots did not turn Malaysians into some underground terrorists plotting against their own nation and people.

So why now this fear of fake news threatening public safety and national security?

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Kin Boon Chong
5 Apr 2018 9.04pm

Oh, boy

Mages Vari
3 Apr 2018 10.49pm

Vote PH.

Lau Chengkeat
3 Apr 2018 4.56pm

Honest people and governments are not afraid of fake news! Ever heard the saying, Law makers are law breakers! If anyone slander, sue him to prove that you are right! No need new laws. The laws are already in place!

Teh Ooi Wah
3 Apr 2018 2.21pm

Here’s an open letter to Azalina.

Cheah Chachacheah
3 Apr 2018 2.08pm

You were not elected to oppress & suppress us. This time VOTE WISELY folks. ๐Ÿ˜˜

Eng-Bee Yeap
3 Apr 2018 1.49pm

๐Ÿ˜ฐ๐Ÿ˜ฌ๐Ÿ˜จ๐Ÿ˜ต๐Ÿ˜–๐Ÿคฎ๐Ÿคข๐Ÿค•๐Ÿคฅ๐Ÿคฅ

Jefferi Chang
3 Apr 2018 1.48pm

Najib will taste his own medicine like mahathir today. #karma

Yap Bin Chun
3 Apr 2018 1.32pm

What they said, truth??? What others said, fake. Fu….

Frank Meeng
3 Apr 2018 1.02pm

The government seems to “BEDEVILED” their own rakyats…we,the rakyats are not as bad as you think of us.The last straw on a camel’s back shall surely break the camel’s spinal bones.The political situation seems so gloomy and hopeless as we are forced to swallow our own thoughts and aspirations, fearing that we might hurt the feeling of others.We are force to be muted and dumped citizens.

Lim Oon Tin
3 Apr 2018 1.18pm

Treating the citizen like IS IS
TERRORIST??FINE A JAIL TERM, FOR SPEAKING THE TRUTH?? NOW GAG ORDER FOR EXPOSED OF MISAPPROPRIATIONS!!?? MISMANAGEMENT!!??
MISGOVERANCE?? AND CORRUPTION??
AZALINA BIN OTHMAN PLEASE EXPLAIN WHAT IS FAKE NEWS?? YOU TOO?? ARE CONFUSED??

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