CID officers placed at MCMC for investigations into social media postings

TWO officers from the Bukit Aman Criminal Investigation Department (CIS) will be stationed at the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC) to help with investigations into social media postings, especially those that are inflammatory in nature.

In a Facebook post, MCMC said that the move will also strengthen the capabilities and expertise of both enforcement agencies in terms of intelligence gathering, investigation and prosecution.

According to the agency, the matter was agreed upon during a meeting between MCMC chairman Tan Sri Mohamad Salim Fateh Din and Bukit Aman CID director Datuk Seri Abd Jalil Hassan on Monday (April 3).

“The meeting also discussed the need to strengthen investigation and enforcement of social media content related to race, religion and royalty,” MCMC was quoted as saying by Bernama.

“This kind of cooperation will continue from time to time taking into account the latest requirements in enforcing the provisions of the country’s laws.”

The plan to have police officers at MCMC comes in the wake of the arrest of a man in Penang on Sunday (April 2) suspected of uploading racist and threatening posts on Facebook.

Yesterday, DAP lodged a police report about a viral TikTok video which accused the party of running the show in the Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim-led unity government.

According to DAP central executive committee member Sheikh Umar Bagharib Ali, the widely-shared video had pinned the blame on DAP for the government’s move to review the teaching of Islamic studies subject in schools, land intrusion in Pahang by durian farmers, as well as the legalisation of firecrackers.

The video also blamed the party for bringing in consultants from Singapore’s Housing Development Board to reform public housing in this country and for Putrajaya’s focus on the pork pricing issue.

He also said that the viral video was shared on April 1 on the Facebook page of PAS member Shahril Azman Abdul Halim, who is the Pahang state assemblyman for Jengka.

Sheikh Umar said the video struck a defamatory tone that would stoke hatred against a legitimate party like DAP, and expressed concern that “slanderous and false content” would “victimise DAP at a time when legislative elections in six states are nearing”. – April 4, 2023


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