PUTRAJAYA, Sept 21 — Communications and Digital Minister Fahmi Fadzil today said he found that contrary to a claim made by another MP which spread on social media, all MPs have not sworn by Allah since 2013.
The wallahi wabillahi watallahi oath was made specifically by members of the administration such as Cabinet members, he said at a press conference at his ministry after its monthly assembly.
“The false claim was made by an MP for reasons of content on social media, among others, which are not good.
“So we will handle this issue by providing explanations as well as by taking any actions that are needed to ensure this accusation does not endure,” he said.
The claim was made by Arau MP Datuk Seri Shahidan Kassim, said a report from Getaran.
Fahmi also commented on Ampang MP Rodziah Ismail's suggestion of providing a new slot in RTM news, which he referred to yesterday as being potentially named Fitnah Apa Hari Ini (Today’s False News).
“What is important is that we address any misinformation to eradicate it, in a quick manner, and in a way that is widely distributed so that sustained misunderstanding does not occur,” he said.
He added that he will be meeting with other Asean leaders regarding the issue of fake news.
He said he will be at the 16th Conference of Asean Ministers Responsible for Information (AMRI) in Danang, Vietnam which will go on until this Sunday.
“I will be meeting several other ministers from neighbouring countries, from the Asean region, to discuss several matters, particularly the issue of fake news,” he said.
Yesterday, national news agency Bernama reported Fahmi as saying that all parties should play an active role in verifying the authenticity of news or information received before going on to spread it.