Penang Chief: Advisory against unverified news 'political tactic'

Penang Chief: Advisory against unverified news 'political tactic'

GEORGE TOWN - Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng has chided the Malaysian Communication and Multimedia Commission (MCMC) for its advisory notice on spreading speculations and unverified news related to 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB).

Lim claimed that the advisory notice was a political tactic to prevent the people from understanding the 1MDB controversy better.

"Such statements should not be made by the MCMC as it is against the freedom of information that we practice.

"Why when there are negative news involving Barisan Nasional leaders only did the MCMC issue such notice?

"No such actions were taken when there is similar news about opposition leaders," he told a press conference at his office in Komtar here Friday.

Lim added that when allegations to defame his son were spread on several blogs, he was told that action will be taken.

"It has been so long and nothing has happened. I don't think the MCMC is even interested," he said.

Earlier in the day, it was reported that the MCMC warned the public not to spread modified pictures, unverified news or any speculation regarding investigations into 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB) through social media, including the mobile messaging application WhatsApp.

"It is an offence to share or spread such materials as it could break the law, especially Section 211 or Section 213 of the Communications and Multimedia Act 1998. If one is found guilty, one could face a RM50,000 fine, a one-year jail sentence or both," the MCMC said in a statement.

Under Section 211, it is an offence to provide content which is indecent, obscene, false, menacing, or offensive in character with intent to annoy, abuse, threaten or harass any person.

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