Monday, February 05, 2018

War against Fake news: Why we need to win it together

Msia and Spore join nations around the globe
 in the war against FAKE news


Some Opposition politicians have accused the Government  of wanting to use a proposed new law against fake news to silence anti-government elements aka its political enemies. Well, some Opposition politicians are stupid. You don't need me to tell you that but I will tell you that anyway.  Because Communications Minister Saleh Said Keruak is not going to say that because he has to play nice and explain why Malaysia needs such a law:

“The fake news are not only a matter of concern for those from the ruling party but also those from the opposition parties and members of the public. We should determine together that the fake news problem can be resolved.” - Law against fake news not for political interest: Salleh 
Fake news according to the Daily Telegraph 

Fact is, fake news is not just a Malaysian problem. Just last month, the UK government said it was going to set up a new national security unit to tackle fake news. US president Donald Trump says even the great American mainstream media - not just the social media - have been faking it these days. Singapore has launched its war against fake news, h e r e.
Trumping fake news in America

Here in Malaysia, we really know how to fake it. Let's not blame it just on the ruling party's so-called cyber troopers; the Opposition's propaganda machinery has had more experience in this department. In any case, an anti-fake news law should serve neither the ruling party nor the Opposition; it should be meant to protect the Malaysian public against fakehood and half-truths. 

2 comments:

RD. said...

Salam Dato Rocky.

"US president Donald Trump says even the great American mainstream media - not just the social media - have been faking it these days."

Lets start 'lead by example' of not propagating fakehood by the mainstream media, starting, with TV3 and Utusan...and our DPM Zahid in the lead by apologize for being the harbinger of fake news by flashing Dr.M's old IC of which he said he got from the NRD and that Dr.M was an Indian, named Mahatdir son-of Kutty or something. As the the Head of NSC too, he must apologize for contravening Article 709, Personal Data Protection Act 2010.
If things like this were to happen in a Kapir country, the minister would have been forced to resign in disgrace, already.


"... it should be meant to protect the Malaysian public against fakehood and half-truths."

Well in that case, the government should first protect Malaysian from RPK, who in 2008 had brought about disrepute to our Judiciary's Statutory Declaration by swearing that Rosmah was at the scene where Altantuya's was detonated by military grade C4. Thereafter, held a PC and fled to UK. A fugitive ever since.
Malaysian was so disgusted with RPK then, hence applauded when Dato Syed Alhabsye, the Cheras UMNO's Head then, demanded the government revoked RPK's citizenship, forthwith.

Melayu mudah lupa?

xnakdedak said...

"In any case, an anti-fake news law should serve neither the ruling party nor the Opposition; it should be meant to protect the Malaysian public against fakehood and half-truths."

Hee hee, Latuk O Latuk.

And who is going to protect us from "the SWIFT codes are wrong", "so it wasn't bullshit" and the suggestion that the WSJ is trying to bring down Raja Klepet Malaysia for some hidden reason?

We all peddle fake news, eh Latuk?

Or "cari makan" as some call it : )