DAP willing to host anti-fake news conference if opposition is keen

KUALA LUMPUR, DAP is willing to host a roundtable conference on combating fake news and hate speech if the opposition is keen to attend, said DAP’s adviser Lim Kit Siang.

The invitation was made by the Iskandar Puteri MP in a speech in Sibu, Sarawak, last night.

I want to issue a challenge to all political parties, whether in government or opposition, either at the national or the state level, to take a united and firm stand against fake news and hate speech. Are the opposition parties prepared to attend a roundtable conference to combat fake news and hate speech If so, the DAP is prepared to host such a roundtable conference, he said in a statement today.

Lim said the country has been flooded with fake news and hate speech calculated to incite inter-racial and inter-religious polarisation in the country especially in the social media, where it can be the greatest threat to Malaysia in becoming a united, successful and top world-class nation.

Even on Malaysia Day, when we should be exhorting all Malaysians regardless of race, religion or region to unite as one people, there are political parties and political leaders who used the occasion to disseminate fake news and hate speech to incite greater division and disunity among Malaysians, he said.

Lim added that when DAP was in the opposition for 52 years at the federal level, the party would respond positively to any proposal by any government party to take a united and firm stand against fake news and hate speech without any hesitation.

Source: BERNAMA (News Agency)