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Zaid on 'fake news' ordinance: Why treat rakyat like enemies?

Geraldine Tong

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Modified 15 Mar 2021, 2:54 am

Former law minister Zaid Ibrahim questioned why the Perikatan Nasional (PN) government appears to be treating the rakyat as its enemies by gazetting an ordinance aimed at combating “fake news” on Covid-19.

“I don’t even know if I want to talk to the press anymore. I don’t even know whether I want to tweet anymore because what is the line between getting something wrong by accident or deliberately spreading fake news?

“You can punish, but not to the extent that is already enacted. I think it is too harsh...

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