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Report Launch – Youth and Disinformation in Malaysia

8 September 2022 @ 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM BMT

“Youth and Disinformation in Malaysia: Strengthening Electoral Integrity” identifies the potential risks from disinformation that youths are likely to face in the 15th General Election (GE15) to be held latest by September 2023. A review of media reports and studies that referenced the last 5 general elections from 1999-2018, revealed 5 recurring patterns of disinformation. These largely cluster around issues related to: sexual orientation and promiscuity; corruption; electoral integrity; women politicians and foreign interference. To date, legal and non-legal measures remain largely ineffective against political disinformation. Provisions in existing laws and the revoked anti-fake news law are vague and place authority in the hands of government authorities who can use these laws against its critics. Similarly, non-legal measures initiated by government agencies, government-linked companies and politicians lack the involvement of other stakeholders. The report has a set of target recommendations for different stakeholders. However, in essence, it recommends that legislation criminalising disinformation be compatible with international standards, and not restrict freedom of expression nor silence critics. And that the development of non-legal measures, such as media and digital literacy, involve non-government stakeholders and be promoted at an early age among the youth. These recommendations, when implemented, can help prevent youth and the general public from the risks of political disinformation. In turn, it can strengthen the integrity and trust in Malaysia’s electoral system.

The report is researched and published by Asia Centre with the support of Google.

Date: 8 September 2022
Time: 2:00PM – 4:00 PM Malaysia Time GMT+8
Venue: LT21, Taylor’s University, Malaysia
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Contact: contact@asiacentre.org

Event Programme

  • 13.30 | Registration
  • 14.00-14.30 | MOU Signing Between Asia Centre and Taylor’s University
    Welcome Remarks
    Professor Dr Neethiahnanthan A/L M Ari Ragavan, Executive Dean, Faculty of Social Sciences & Leisure Management, Taylor’s University
    Dr James Gomez, Regional Director, Asia Centre, Thailand and Malaysia
  • 14.30-14.50 | Report Presentation
    Opening Remarks
    Joanne Bala (via video conference), Government Affairs and Public Policy, Google
    Dr James Gomez, Regional Director, Asia Centre, Thailand and Malaysia
  • 14.50-15.20 | Discussants
    Daranee Balachander, Programme Officer, Centre for Independent Journalism
    Zaidel Baharuddin, Vice President, MUDA
    Dr Choong Pui Yee, Senior Lecturer, Universiti Malaya
    Moderator: Dr Benjamin Loh Yew Hoong, School of Media and Communication, Taylor’s University
  • 15.20.-15.50 | Q&A Session
  • 15.50-16.00 | Closing Remarks


8 September 2022
1:00 PM - 3:00 PM BMT
Event Category:


Asia Centre
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LT21, Taylor’s University, Malaysia