Monday, May 20

Senate rejects Anti-Fake News (Abolition) Bill 2018


Vigneswaran speaking to reporters on the rejected Anti-Fake News (Abolition) Bill 2018 yesterday. — Bernama photo

KUALA LUMPUR: The Dewan Negara sitting yesterday rejected the Anti-Fake News (Abolition) Bill 2018.

This was announced by Senate President Tan Sri S A Vigneswaran, after the block voting saw 28 members of the Senate not supporting while 21 supported and three others abstained.

The motion for block voting was presented by Senator Khairul Azwan Harun as soon as Deputy Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Mohamed Hanipa Maidin concluded the winding-up of the Bill for second reading.

In line with Regulation 45 (4), Vigneswaran later ordered for the bell to be sounded for two minutes to enable the block voting process to be carried out.

The Bill aimed to abolish the Anti-Fake News Act 2018 passed by the Dewan Rakyat on Aug 16, 2018 after the third reading.

Meanwhile, Mohamed Hanipa when met by reporters at the Parliament lobby described the action of senators who rejected the abolition of the Anti-Fake News Act 2018 at the sitting yesterday as a move to shame the Pakatan Harapan government.

“Actually I think they just want to delay to embarrass Pakatan Harapan but it’s okay, it’s alright. No problem. I’m not angry, I’m happy.

“…For us this is not an urgent matter but of course we want to expedite. They want to delay, it is up to them. I just want to send the message to Barisan Nasional senators, people are watching,” he told reporters here yesterday.

Mohamed Hanipa, when asked on the action that needed to be taken after the motion was rejected, said it would be presented again to the Dewan Rakyat at the next sitting. — Bernama