NGO to take legal action against cyber bullies

The Malaysian Youth Rights Movement has also lodged a report with the MCMC to stop the bullies allegedly allied to a Pakatan Rakyat component party.

Athi Shankar, FMT

GEORGE TOWN: A social activist is so fed up with the abuses of cyber bullies allegedly linked to Pakatan Rakyat that he has decided to take legal action against them.

Shen Yee Aun, who heads Malaysian Youth Rights Movement (MYRM), has lodged a report with the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC).

He plans to lodge a police report in next few days and file a civil libel suit against the bullies, who have identified themselves as members of the Red Bean Army (RBA).

RBA is linked to a dominant political party within the Pakatan family.

With the next general election around the corner, Shen said the cyber war has intensified, with the cyber bullies spinning stories and twisting facts.

He said the RBA cyber bullies have threatened, intimidated and racially abused any commentators, who they thought favour Barisan Nasional or are anti-Pakatan.

A check by MYRM found that these bullies have posted derogatory pictures, visuals and graphics online especially on Facebook, fed misinformation and misrepresented facts on national affairs, and have become more vulgar, hostile and unruly.

“They intimidate commentators with sexual and death threats in various social media platforms,” Shen told reporters here yesterday, showing them certain online abuses by these bullies.

He cited a student, Wong Kim May, who was recently verbally abused with foul languages and threatened with sexual violence and murder just because she put some BN posters on Facebook.

MYRM checks found that the abuses were concerted, coordinated and collaborated efforts to cause racial divisions, fear and anger among the people.

Shen, who has also been constantly targeted, is convinced that such unethical cyber abuses were a tactical move by the bullies and their political masters.

He claimed that the political masters knew their cyber bullies were abusing and misusing social media channels by using foul languages and intimidating others with violent threats.

“The political masters knew it officially vis-à-vis our MCMC report. But they did not stop it,” he said.

He hit out at the political masters for condoning and encouraging unethical cyber behaviour.

He criticised the political party and its bullies for abusing and exploiting the freedom of expression, and warned that such abuses were detrimental to the healthy growth of democracy.

“The political party should stop its cyber bullying immediately,” said Shen.