LAST_UPDATESun, 20 May 2018 9pm

MCMC Probing 29 Cases Of Insulting The King

KUALA LUMPUR: The Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC) is investigating 29 cases, including those using social media and blogs to insult the King and the Royal institution.
Deputy Communications and Multimedia Minister Datuk Johari Jailani said the cases were reported between January and June this year and were being investigated under Section 233 of the Communications and Multimedia Act 1998.

He said the MCMC was also investigating the existence of the “Red Bean Army” and pointed out there were other laws that could be used to tackle social media and Internet abuse.

“There is the Penal Code, Sedition Act 1948 and Defamation Act 1957 that can be used to charge those who commit offences via cyberspace,” he said in response to a question by Datuk Bung Mokhtar Radin (BN-Kinabatangan).

The MCMC has blocked 6,640 websites between 2008 and this year that violated the Communi­cations and Multimedia Act.

Johari said this included false bank websites, websites that violated co­­pyrights­ and pornography sites.

He reiterated the Govern­ment’s commitment not to control the flow of information on the Internet, but stressed this did not mean users had total freedom to abuse the facility.

To a question by Datuk Dr Marcus Majigoh (BN-Putatan), Johari said Malaysia had 13 million Facebook users, of which 56.9% were men.

He also said there was no need to set up a tribunal to hear cases of offences commited in cyberspace.

“Maybe we can look at how we can improve the current provisions but what is also important is to educate the public to be responsible Internet users,” he said.

- The Star