Lawyer slams AGC's defence of anti-fake news law
N Surendran says the Attorney-General's Chambers should withdraw its objection before the hearing date on May 21.
PKR lawyer N Surendran says the Attorney-Generalâs Chambers cited âspecial circumstancesâ in its objection to the judicial review.
KUALA LUMPUR: The lawyer representing news portal Malaysiakini in its bid to nullify the Anti-Fake News Act today said he was shocked over the Attorney-Generalâs Chambersâ (AGC) objection to their legal challenge.
N Surendran said it was âunbelievableâ that the AGC wished to uphold the âoppressiveâ law made and passed by the former Barisan Nasional government.
âWe call upon the AGC to withdraw its objection before the hearing date,â he said after meeting High Court judge Azizah Nawawi in chambers today.
The court fixed May 21 to hear the AGCâs objection.
When asked about the AGCâs grounds for objecting to the judicial review, Surendran said it had cited âspecial circumstancesâ.
Malaysiakini had filed the review to quash the law before the May 9 election, saying it breached the Federal Constitution.
It also said the law was unreasonable and irrational as its definition of âfake newsâ was unclear.
Pakatan Harapan (PH) had pledged to repeal the law if the coalition won federal power in the 14th general election.
However, Prime Minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad said yesterday that âproperâ definitions would be provided so that the public and media are clear on what âfake newsâ means.
However Surendran, who is a member of PKR, maintained that the fake news law must be repealed.
âThis was PHâs promise and theyâd better repeal it,â he said.
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