PM: Monitor web content

By TheStar

PEKAN: There are laws governing Internet use and the Prime Minister wants the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC) to act on those who abuse it.

“I hope the commission will take strict action against these culprits as they are creating mischief and this we cannot tolerate,” said Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak.

He added that those who abuse the Internet by putting up content with racial and religious slurs could spark off tension.

He said the commission, tasked with monitoring such activities, has the power to take action.

Najib was speaking at a press conference after handing out alms and contributions to some 4,000 recipients comprising single mothers, the handicapped, the poor and the needy here yesterday.

Earlier, the Pekan MP received RM1.2mil in tithe contributions from Bank Rakyat (RM500,000); Tabung Haji (RM282,000), Uda Holdings (RM200,000), Amanah Raya Berhad (RM200,000) and Yayasan Harmoni (RM50,000).

In Kuala Lumpur, Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin also said enforcement authorities had been instructed to take stern and immediate action against those igniting racial or religious tension.

“There must be a basis and solid evidence for such an act,” he said.

Muhyiddin was asked to comment on a media report yesterday on a police report lodged by Gerakan Pemuda Prihatin Putrajaya regarding a Facebook account which allegedly insulted Islam although the account had since been deactivated.

The Deputy Prime Minister said there were means to investigate the authenticity of an account and to identify the person or persons responsible.

He said this after launching the integrated road safety campaign in conjunction with Hari Raya.

In Johor Baru, Higher Education Minister Datuk Seri Mohamed Khaled Nordin said students in public and private universities should be responsible when using social networking sites.

Mohamed Khaled was commenting on reports that fake or unofficial Facebook accounts had been created under the names of several leaders including Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak and MCA president Datuk Seri Dr Chua Soi Lek.

He spoke to reporters on the issue after presenting tithes to low-income families as well as single mothers yesterday.