Mahathir Under Investigation For Spreading 'Fake News' That His Plane Was Sabotaged
Police has revealed that Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad is being investigated under the Anti-Fake News Act 2018 after the Pakatan Harapan chairman claimed that the chartered plane he was to board on 27 April had been sabotaged
However, investigators from the Civil Aviation Authority Malaysia (CAAM) have confirmed that the issue was a "routine and technical fault" involving an air leakage at the nose wheel of the aircraft
In response, Mahathir said that, "The denial by the CAAM is not the result of a proper investigation, it is just a denial to say that what I’ve said is not true."
On Tuesday, 1 May, the Malaysia UMNO Grassroots Movement lodged a police report against Mahathir, saying that his allegations led to an incorrect perception of the BN coalition
Malaysia is among the first few nations to legislate the policing of fake news. Under the Anti-Fake News Act 2018, offenders face a RM500,000 fine, a six year jail sentence, or both, upon conviction.
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