KUALA LUMPUR: The Anti-Fake News Act is to protect Malaysians from the scourge of fake news, caretaker Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Abdul Razak said today.
Noting that fake news could pose a security threat, Najib added that there were incidences where fake news was used to interfere in a country's affairs.
He added that the government would not compromise Malaysia's sovereignty by allowing other countries or individuals to dictate the direction of the country.
"We have seen many instances around the world where ... fake news has been used as a tool of interference - which strangely some opposition leaders now say they welcome.
"As patriotic Malaysians, I can tell you that the members of my government do not (manipulates fake news)," he said.
"The future of our country is for Malaysian people to decide, and they should do so on the basis of facts, not fake news of lies, propaganda, false promises and illusions," he said in his speech at the opening of Putrajaya Forum 2018 at Matrade Exhibition and Convention Centre.