MALAYSIA - Harsher action, such as caning, should be taken against those who make disparaging remarks about race and religion on social media, a Barisan Nasional MP suggested.
Sibuti MP Ahmad Lai Bujang said current laws, which provided for jail terms and fines for such offenders, were not enough.
Harsher penalties could deter people from making remarks that could cause provocation among Malaysians, he said during the question and answer time.
To this, Minister in the Prime Minister's Department in charge of national unity and integration Tan Sri Joseph Kurup said his department was unable to act on the suggestion as it was out of its scope.
"My department's approach is more on creating educational awareness on the importance of unity."
Anthony Loke (DAP-Seremban), in a supplementary question, then said he recently came under fire on Facebook for allegedly supporting and promoting a fund-raising show for a Chinese primary school in his constituency that was sponsored by a beer company.
Loke said a Facebook page posted pictures and accused him of allowing the beer company to be featured on a billboard in front of a school.
Kurup replied that Loke should lodge a police report and wait for the authorities to take action.