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Malaysia to Scrap Anti-Fake News Law Once Used Against Mahathir

  • Anti-fake news law carried up to 10 years prison in punishment
  • Singapore passed controversial “fake news” law last week
Mahathir Mohamad

Mahathir Mohamad

Photographer: Akio Kon/Bloomberg

Malaysia is set to scrap an anti-fake news law that was once used to investigate Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad during his election campaign.

The parliament’s lower house voted to repeal the law a second time, after its first attempt was blocked by the upper house last year. This time, the decision is set to be passed to Malaysia’s king regardless of the upper house’s stance, and the king isn’t expected to deny it.