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The new government must prioritise law reform

  • May 8, 2018
LETTER | The 14th general election provides all eligible citizens of Malaysia the opportunity to shape the future of our country.Every general election presents the possibility of a change in government and, with that, an opportunity for a reassessment and shift in government policy for the betterment of the nation and its people. The new government must give due recognition to the voice and the will of its people, and must respect the sentiment that they expressed through the popular vote.The M
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Fake news law: Guilty until proven innocent?

  • Apr 15, 2018
LETTER | The term is innocent until proven guilty, but the same can’t be said for the Anti- Fake News Act that was recently gazetted despite strong opposition from the public, as they deemed the act was just another repressive state apparatus to curb the freedom of speech.That aside, I think it is also important for Malaysians to see this act objectively to fully gauge its pros and cons. If nothing at all, the initiative by the government to enact laws that tackles new forms of issues in the c
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Anti-Fake News Law Can Inspire An Authoritarian Form of Government.

  • Apr 2, 2018
COMMENT: Though the concern over the utilisation of fake news is global, which the Human Rights Commission of Malaysia (SUHAKAM) agrees must be managed; SUHAKAM having perused the Anti-Fake News Bill 2018 (“Bill”) cannot support the Bill for the following reasons:1. The Bill in its present form has far reaching consequences as the law could be used to exert government control over the media. At present, Malaysia is ranked poorly at 144th out of 180 countries by Reporters Without Borders in t
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