Clarify stance on Anti-Fake News and Sedition Act, Govt urged

  • Nation
  • Tuesday, 10 Jul 2018

KUALA LUMPUR: Umno has urged the Government to clarify its stance on the Anti-Fake News Act and Sedition Act.

Its strategic communications unit highlighted incidents such as veteran journalist Datuk A. Kadir Jasin’s questioning the Yang di-Pertuan Agong’s privileges and expenditure, as well as a suggestion by former minister Tan Sri Zainuddin Maidin to ban all tahfiz schools.

“Does the Government truly aim to abolish both Acts, and not act on subversive elements such as these?

“If so, that means the Government encourages the spread of fake news and sedition by anyone, which could lead to racial tensions. Is this what the rakyat wants?” it said in a statement.

Umno also compared the current situation to that of a time bomb planted by “liberal agents” in Pakatan Harapan, which has gone undetected.

The party expressed regret that after the UiTM issue where the bumiputra-only university was pressured to accept non-Malays, tahfiz schools were now being used to spark social disharmony among Malays.

“What is their excuse on the suggestion that members of the LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender) community be given various rights in religion and society?” it said.

Umno also called on Prime Minis­ter Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad to give an explanation regarding civil organisation Sisters in Islam, saying the group has his daughter Marina’s support, but was in conflict with precepts of Islam.

Saying that unrest was beginning to appear in the country’s multi-ethnic and multi-religious society, it said DAP’s suggestion that “bumiputra” status be abolished to create equal opportunity would backfire on them.

“While Malays adopt a give and take stand by declaring the rights of all races, they are continuously pressured with such provocations,” it added.

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