Digital reading, a stage for fake news – PM

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fake news Prime Minister, Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohamad in a group picture with some of the students during the National Reading Decade launch at Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia in Bangi, Selangor. PIX: SYAFIQ AMBAK / MalaysiaGazette / 13 FEBRUARY 2020 digital reading platform
Prime Minister, Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohamad in a group picture with some of the students during the National Reading Decade launch at Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia in Bangi, Selangor.PIX: SYAFIQ AMBAK / MalaysiaGazette / 13 FEBRUARY 2020

By Muhammad Azizul Osman

BANGI – Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad confessed that the digital influence on the community has become a challenge to instil the culture of reading tin the country.

According to him, the digital influence is so huge that traditional reading sources such as the newspapers and books were being pushed aside.

Therefore, he said that the strong digital influence could easily become a platform to spread fake news.

“It is worrying that the reading sources from the digital platform go without prohibition that it has become a stage to distribute fake news besides having contents that are not good for the people.

“This is the challenge for readers – to differentiate the truth and falsity. Which one is produced based on research or created by the inconsequential,” he said during the launch of National Reading Decade in Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia today.

Also present at the event was the Deputy Minister of Education, Teo Nie Ching.

The acting Minister of Education also said that the efforts to turn reading into a culture needs to be arranged systematically and expanded for everyone in the country.

“Such programmes need to be held continuously, implemented whole-heartedly by everyone involved to produce a knowledgeable nation.

“This will become the catalyst and pillar for the Shared Prosperity Vision 2030,” he added. -MalaysiaGazette

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