Malaysia's IGP warns online rumour-mongers

Malaysia's IGP warns online rumour-mongers
Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar

KUALA LUMPUR - Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar has warned netizens against spreading false information and statements that can jeopardise peace and public safety.

He said recent postings on social media making comparisons of court rulings on certain cases, challenged the credibility of the Government and ridiculed police action.

Some of the posts, he said, compared the action taken against Siti Fairrah Ashykin Kamaruddin @Kiki (a road rage case), Muhammmad Zahier Afiq Zarol Nizam (assaulted by men from one ethnic group for his alleged involvement in a snatch theft) and sex blogger Alvin Tan Jye Lee (a buka puasa Facebook posting).

"What the posts are trying to suggest is that the Government and police are biased towards a certain race," he said in a statement yesterday.

Khalid stressed that the actions taken in some cases were different because they depended on various aspects of the investigations

He said this includes technical matters that could take time to be completed.

"In the Siti Fairrah case, the investigation was swift because she gave us her full cooperation, turned herself in and admitted committing the offence.

"In the Muhammmad Zahier case, the man recorded kicking him did not turn himself in to help with the investigation," he said, urging anyone with information on this case to come forward.

"In the Alvin Tan case, police have concluded the investigation and the trial is on-going," he said.

He said policemen always conducted their duties according to proper procedure and the law, and not in a selective or biased manner.

Khalid urged the public to be cautious and responsible when using social media.

"Users should be smart and evaluate information they read, and should not simply spread everything they receive, especially regarding sensitive issues that could incite racial tension.

"Anyone who spreads false information can be charged under Section 233(1) of the Communications and Multimedia Act 1998 or Section 4(1) of the Sedition Act 1948," he said.

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