A law to curb false news should be created immediately in Malaysia to check the action of certain parties who are trying to jeopardise the peace and harmony of the country (Source: www.marketing-interactive.com)
 
Kuala Lumpur (VNA) – A law to curb false news should be created immediately in Malaysia to check the action of certain parties who are trying to jeopardise the peace and harmony of the country, International Trade and Industry Minister Datuk Seri Mustapa Mohamed was quoted as Malaysia's national news agency Bernama as saying.

"False news can also undermine the economy, finance and affect Malaysia's good relations with other countries," he told reporters after opening the Malaysia Kelantan Student Leaders Retreat at Universiti Malaysia Kelantan (UMK) on February 1.

He said that the law should have long been created so that the community would be more responsible and not easily disseminate any inaccurate information, he said.

News Straits Times on February 2 cited Datuk Seri Ahmad Razif Abdul Rahman, leader of Terengganu state, as saying that fake news can be more potent than a gilt-edged sword.

The Terengganu menteri besar said that the negative impact of fake news can have far-reaching effects, even to the extent of destroying a person’s credibility, reputation and future.

“With social media now easily available to almost everyone via mobile applications, people tend to be influenced by unverified news.

“This poses a great danger to society at large, the government, the corporate sector, organisations and the country as a whole,” he said at the 4km ‘KT City Fun Run 2018’ Pulau Warisan.

Earlier, on January 27, Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak said his government will seriously consider this matter as the people could be turned to hate the government or did something like rioting after being influenced by false news.-VNA