Cops likely to halt ‘fake news’ probe against Dr M

Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad and Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Mohamad Fuzi Harun attend an iftar event in Bukit Aman, Kuala Lumpur May 29, 2018. — Picture by Firdaus Latif
Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad and Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Mohamad Fuzi Harun attend an iftar event in Bukit Aman, Kuala Lumpur May 29, 2018. — Picture by Firdaus Latif

KUALA LUMPUR, May 29 — The police said today they will likely not pursue the investigation against Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad for allegedly spreading fake news, a case that happened before he became prime minister.

Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Mohamad Fuzi Harun said the decision was based on a statement made by the Langkawi MP.

“Not likely because as we were informed, Tun gave a statement on this matter and we will abide by the previous statement,” he told reporters after a breaking fast event at the Bukit Aman mosque here, referring to Dr Mahathir.

Communications and Multimedia Minister Gobind Singh Deo yesterday announced that the Anti-Fake News Act 2018 will be repealed during the first Parliamentary sitting.

On May 13, Dr Mahathir had said the new government will redefine Act, which was introduced by his predecessor.

Earlier this month, Dr Mahathir was probed under the Act over his claims that the jet he had chartered to fly to Langkawi on the eve of Nomination Day was sabotaged to thwart his candidacy in the parliamentary constituency the following day.

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