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KOTA BARU - The Government is looking into introducing laws to curb fake news, which is a threat to political stability and public order, says Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak.

He said the move was necessary because the people could be instigated to hate the Government or commit uprisings due to the influence of fake news.

“We don’t want fake news to spread. This does not mean we control the Internet. The Internet is free, but the freedom must exist with elements of accountability,” he told reporters here after attending a gathering with Kelantan federal and state civil servants here yesterday.

Giving an example, Najib said the Opposition made a now-debunked claim during the last general election that 40,000 Bangladeshis were roped in to cast their votes for the Barisan Nasional.

It was reported that Britain’s Prime Minister Theresa May wanted to set up a new unit to intensify efforts to address the spread of fake news and prevent the dissemination of inaccurate information by other countries.

French President Emmanuel Macron said he wanted to introduce a new law that banned fake news on the Internet during the country’s election campaign.

Earlier, during a

COX’S BAZAR - Actress Tan Sri Michelle Yeoh, who is the Goodwill Ambassador for the United Nations Development Programme, praised Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak and the Government’s efforts to help Rohingya refugees.

She said the Prime Minister and the country had done amazing work on the issue and it was very important for Malaysia as a neighbouring country to help the Rohin­gya who faced suffering and oppression in Myanmar.

“We are very proud to recognise the fact that the Prime Minister was

IPOH - The Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC) has raided the home of Perak DAP chairman Nga Kor Ming in Tambun, as well as his parent's home in Ayer Tawar. Nga's service centre in Taiping was also raided.

When met at the Sungai Senam police station, he told reporters the raids were conducted simultaneously at 3.30pm.

"The checks lasted for an hour before they left," he added.

According to Nga, who is also Kepayang assemblyman, the raiding parties included police and

KUALA LUMPUR - In about a month after the news broke, the Federal Land Development Autho­rity (Felda) successfully recovered ownership of 16 strategic plots of land worth an estimated RM200mil along Jalan Semarak here from a local company.

A jovial Tan Sri Shahrir Abdul Samad, the Felda chairman, showed the media copies of the land grants and the memorandum of transfer, which were returned to the agency earlier at 1pm yesterday.

“You can look at all the documents closely. We have successfully

KUALA LUMPUR - MCA today revealed further discrepancies involving the multi-billion ringgit Penang cross-channel undersea tunnel project.

Its deputy president, Datuk Seri Wee Ka Siong, said any changes to a project that was awarded by a state government needed to be reverted back to the latter, especially if it involved shareholdings.

He said failure to do so could render the project null and void.

Wee, however, said this was not done for the controversial Penang undersea tunnel project

PETALING JAYA - The international community acknowledged Malaysia for being the first nation to invoke compulsory licensing allowing hepatitis C patients to gain access to affordable medicine.

The country was awarded the Leadership Award in Intellectual Property and Access to Medicines.

The Government received the award at the Global Summit of Intellectual Property and Access to Medicines in Morocco on Monday, said Health director-general Datuk Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah.

“A pride to the

GEORGE TOWN - A local fashion company that has become a shareholder in the RM6.3bil Penang undersea tunnel project last month is not the main contractor.

Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng said just because a company was investing in a project did not mean that it would be involved in the building process.

The company is just an investor, Lim said in reference to Vertice Bhd (formerly Voir Holdings Bhd), the fashion company that bought 13.21% shares in tunnel developer Consortium Zenith Construction

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