Palace meetings leave Malaysians with a heavy dose of fake news, and humour too
Dozens of doctored images and documents have been making the rounds on social media, giving Malaysians yet another dose of “news” on the “impending collapse of the government” in the wake of a series of royal audiences granted to opposition politicians by Istana Negara this week.
From fake press statements claiming the withdrawal of support by ruling parties for Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin to posters featuring pictures of a “new” Cabinet line-up, the bulk of material has been circulating on WhatsApp.
Much of it is premised on sarcasm and humour, a familiar take on current issues in the country.
This time, the psy-war has been kicked up a notch with politicians’ speeches turned into deprecating clips as a cloud of speculation continues to hover over the timing of the audiences, with the national vaccination drive gaining momentum in the push t