Lack of consultation in terms of the Anti Fake News Bill is raised by opposition lawmakers

KUALA LUMPUR: Teo Kok Seong (Rasah – DAP) today declared that he would not be defending his parliament seat in the upcoming 14th general election. He said this while debating the Anti Fake News Bill in Dewan Rakyat.

“I will not be contesting in the general election but I am rejecting this bill for the sake of the people,” said Teo at the end of his debate.

Dewan Rakyat Deputy Speaker Ronald Kiandee calmly responded that it may not mean Teo would be retiring from politics.

“Not defending parliament seat may mean he may go for a state seat,” said Ronald Kiandee.

Teo also criticised the briefing session on the bill that was given to the opposition lawmakers last week.

“A select committee should have been formed instead of a briefing which was given, which was less than an hour,” said the DAP man.

Steven Sim Chee Keong (Bukit Mertajam-DAP) and Nurul Izzah Anwar (Lembah Pantai – PKR) intervened to raise the fact that there was a lack of consultation.

“The Singapore parliament formed a select committee to discuss methods to overcome this issue. They had a public consultation in March. In Malaysia there are only two days to discuss this,” said Sim.

“In US and UK, there were select committees for fake news. In UK alone eight months were used. Here, consultations are put aside,” Nurul added.