Minister slams Muafakat Nasional for misleading public with old news

Communications and Digital Minister Fahmi Fadzil has accused Muafakat Nasional president Tan Sri Annuar Musa of misleading the public by sharing outdated news as if it were current. Fahmi questioned a Facebook post by Annuar that featured an article from 2014 in which DAP’s Beruas MP Datuk Ngeh Koo Ham advocated for Muslims to respect apostates. The post, which has since been removed, also included a parliamentary question about the recognition of marriages between Malaysian Muslims and non-Muslims in Malaysia.

Fahmi criticised Annuar for not clarifying the age of the news article and for omitting the religious affairs minister’s response to the parliamentary question, which can be found on the Parliament website. According to Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department (Religious Affairs) Datuk Mohd Na’im Mokhtar, marriages involving Muslims and non-Muslims are not recognised under Malaysian law.

Fahmi emphasised the importance of verifying information obtained through social media before sharing it and warned against spreading slander created by irresponsible parties. He added that the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission and the Royal Malaysia Police will continue to monitor and take action on issues related to royalty, religion, and race.

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Lee Shuyi

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