SOCIAL media has become the most influential media used to spread fake news and slander, Yang di-Pertuan Agong Sultan Muhammad V says.
He said the medium was the most influential in shaping the values and culture of society.
In supporting the proposal to formulate laws to address the spread of fake news and slander in social media, he said all parties should play their roles in safeguarding good character and moral values.
His Majesty, in his royal address at the opening of the first meeting of the sixth session of the 13th Parliament here yesterday, called on Malaysians to preserve unity, adding that it was the essence of peace, well-being of the people and the stability of the nation.
On the question of security, the Yang di-Pertuan Agong said the Government should continue to step up the level of its preparedness in enforcement including in relation to cyberspace, intelligence capabilities, patrols along the borders and in the waters as well as combating human trafficking.
“We are concerned about the threats to peace and security of the country.
Sultan Muhammad V praised the Government’s continuous measures in addressing issues that are close to the hearts of the people, such as the cost of living, to ensure their well-being.
“I believe more initiatives will be introduced following the setting up of the council to draw up appropriate programmes that can be implemented immediately to ease the burden of the people.
“The country is still one of the most preferred investment destinations and is expected to attract higher investments in 2018.”
Sultan Muhammad V also urged the Government to ensure that all planned programmes and projects are implemented by taking into account the challenges facing the country.
He also said the Government would continue to implement the transformation programmes to improve the quality of life and well-being of the people as well as the skills training and entrepreneurship programmes that have helped to increase the income of the rural people, Felda and Felcra settlers, Risda smallholders, villagers, the orang asli and bumiputra minorities in Sabah and Sarawak.
Sultan Muhammad V said the Government would continue to strengthen efforts to combat elements of leakage, malpractices and abuse of power in the public administration.
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