CYBERJAYA: Stern action will be taken against people who use social media to instil hatred towards the institutions of government, said Communications and Multimedia Minister Datuk Seri Dr Salleh Said Keruak.
He said this was among the decisions adopted at the inaugural meeting of the recently-formed special committee to tackle abuse of the social media which he chairs.
Attorney-General Tan Sri Mohamed Apandi Ali and Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar also attended the meeting, he said at the soft launch of the fifth Malaysia Social Media Week 2016 at Limkokwing University of Creative Technology here yesterday.
The other members of the committee are Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Datuk Seri Azalina Othman Said, Communications and Multimedia Ministry secretary-general Datuk Seri Dr Sharifah Zarah Syed Ahmad and Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC) chairman Datuk Seri Dr Halim Shafie.
“The meeting agreed that stern action will be taken against those who use social media for the purpose of defaming, abusing or inciting others to belittle the position of or instil hatred towards the institutions of government,” Salleh said.
He said the committee had also agreed that the Royal Malaysia Police would lead in the investigation along with the MCMC.
“The Attorney-General has assigned a dedicated Deputy Public Prosecutor for this purpose and will utilise every available law to ensure that those reponsible will be brought to justice soonest possible,” he said.
Salleh said the formation of the special monitoring committee should not be misinterpreted because it was done with the best intention of protecting public interest.
“It is a safeguard and pre-emptive measure to avoid the social media from causing unnecessary havoc by spreading lies, hatred and religious extremism, among others,” he said.
He said the government was also very keen to raise people’s awareness of the dangers that lie in the world of internet as crime was on the rise.
“More Malaysians are succumbing to online scams and losing millions of their hard-earned money to cyber criminals.
“In this respect, the government fully supports the establishment of the Malaysia Digital Innovation Centre,” he said.
The fifth Malaysia Social Media Week is slated for March 7 to 13 in Kuala Lumpur. — Bernama