Real danger of fake news


  • Metro News
  • Wednesday, 16 Jan 2019

Media members relaxing during the annual PCTH media night at Bayview Hotel Georgetown. — Photos: CHAN BOON KAI/The Star

THE Malaysian Government should come up with solutions to stop the spread of fake news, said Penang Chinese Town Hall (PCTH) chairman Datuk Khor Teng How.

Khor said that since the abolishment of the Anti-Fake News Act by the new Government, there had been no specific methods to control the threat.

He also urged people to be more alert and check the accuracy of a story before sharing it with others to avoid affecting the country’s peace and harmony.

“The advancement of technology has created social problems, especially in a multicultural country like Malaysia where people use the media to start religious and racial issues,” he said at the annual PCTH media night at Bayview Hotel Georgetown.

Khor also said the media carried a huge responsibility to report genuine news to portray society as it is.

The fun event saw media personnel in Penang mingling with one another as they enjoyed a buffet spread featuring local delicacies.

Those present were also entertained by performances put up by fellow press members from various media platforms.

Khor (purple shirt) and media night organising chairman Datuk Yeoh Chip Tong (left) posing with lucky draw cash winners.
Khor (purple shirt) and media night organising chairman Datuk Yeoh Chip Tong (left) posing with lucky draw cash winners.

A lucky draw was also held where prizes like bags and umbrellas along with hotel and shopping vouchers were up for grabs.

Cash prizes were also given to the winners.

Also present was Star Media Group Bhd regional operations general manager (north) Simone Liong.


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