Facebook page insults east Malaysians

KOTA KINABALU, Sabah - A Barisan Nasional leader here wants stern action to be taken against those responsible for creating a Facebook page allowing people to post insults against Sabahans and Sarawakians.

Ranau Upko deputy chief Datuk Siringan Gubat said the social network page had insulted people in Sabah and Sarawak, as well as hurt the feelings of Christians in the country.

"We cannot just sit down and keep quiet when someone does something as serious as this," said Siringan, who is also the state Resource Development and Information Technology Minister.

Such acts, he added, would jeopardise the unity and relations among people with different religions and between peninsular Mal­aysia and Sabah and Sarawak.

"We also do not want to see any difference or bias in treatment or action against anyone who insults other religions, no matter who he or she is and from what religious background," he stressed.

He added that it would not be good for the image of the Gov­ernment, which was promoting the 1Malaysia spirit and national integration, should it take such matters lightly.

Siringan made the call following a police report lodged by Tua­ran Upko Youth members against those who created the Semenan­jung Malaysia Anti Sabah and Sarawak Facebook page on Aug 7.

The Facebook page, which was created on Dec 19 last year, had comments and taunts against people in Sabah and Sarawak as well as Christians in the country.