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Wednesday, 21 March 2018 | MYT 7:20 PM

Unverified info on 1MDB is fake news, says deputy minister

KUALA LUMPUR: Any information related to 1Malaysia Development Bhd (1MDB) that has not been verified by the Government is considered fake news.

Datuk Jailani Johari (pic), the Deputy Communications and Multimedia Minister, explained that fake news is information that is confirmed to be untrue, especially by the authorities or parties related to the news.

He said that 1MDB has been investigated by the police and Attorney-General and the reports have been presented to Parliament's Public Accounts Committee (PAC), which is made up of lawmakers from both sides of the divide.

Jailani added that recommendations from the PAC report have been accepted and been implemented by the Government.

"The process of rationalisation has also been implemented well.

"As such, the Government views that other than the information that has been verified by the Government, all other information is deemed as fake news," he said during his ministry's wrap-up on the debate of the Royal address on Wednesday (March 21).

Jailani also said the 1MDB issue had been investigated by the authorities but it is the Opposition that keeps bringing up "old issues".

He added that there is no need to scrutinise the issue further.

Earlier, Jailani said that a special committee on cybercrimes, formed in November last year, had investigated 154 cases and 16 of those cases have been brought to court.

"The Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC) has also taken action against 4,358 fake accounts and 80% have been deleted by the relevant social media platform providers," he said.

About 48 websites, portals and blogs that have fake content have also been blocked, he added.