KL police launch probe into Mahathir under fake news law for claiming his jet was sabotaged

  • Former prime minister Mahathir Mohamad is being probed under the controversial new law on fake news for his statements alleging that the private jet he was to board last week was sabotaged.
  • Kuala Lumpur police chief Datuk Seri Mazlan Lazim on 2 May 18 said an investigation paper (IP) had been launched under the Anti-Fake News Act following a recent police report filed by an individual.
  • Mr Mazlan told reporters that a total of eight investigation papers, including the one on Tun Mahathir, had been opened since the start of the campaign period on 28 Apr 18.
  • A source told The Straits Times that while the case is still being investigated under the fake news law, KL police are still determining whether there is merit to proceed.
  • The Straits Times also understands that Malaysia’s federal police are not planning to proceed with the probe.
  • Malaysia’s New Straits Times reported that a group called Gerakan Akar Umbi Umno Malaysia (GAUM), the Umno grassroots movement, had lodged a police report against Dr Mahathir on 2 May 18 over his claim. GAUM chairman Zulkarnain Mahdar was cited saying the former prime minister had caused anxiety and uncertainty among the people, and created a wrong perception of Barisan Nasional (BN).

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