Expert: Online bullying can hurt more than the face-to-face kind

Source: Free Malaysia Today

PETALING JAYA: A psychologist has warned of the devastating effect that cyberbullying can have on some individuals.

Goh Chee Leong, Dean of the Faculty of Behavioural Sciences at HELP University, told FMT the harm from cyberbullying could sometimes be worse than the effects of conventional bullying.

“There is no one size fits all when it comes to the different types of bullying,” he said. “However, there could be instances where cyberbullying may affect the victim just as badly, if not worse, than face-to-face bullying.

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#MeToo goes global but is Malaysia ready for it?

Source: The Malaysian Insight

THANKS to the power of the internet, the #MeToo movement has spread globally and in Malaysia, it has resonated with many, prompting people to speak up about their experiences of being sexually harassed or assaulted.

One of them is a 26-year-old Muslim man of mixed ethnicity, who asked to be identified as Peter. Standing 180cm tall, he comes across as a decisive person, but hides a dark secret.

Peter was sexually harassed when he was 15. In the years since then, until speaking out because of #MeToo, his mind would shut off whenever he the incident returns.

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NGOs fear more arrests with proposed law against fake news

Source: Malay Mail Online

KUALA LUMPUR, Feb 4 — Human rights groups have raised concerns that free speech could be curtailed by proposed legislation to curb fake news.

Suara Rakyat Malaysia chairman K. Arumugam said that in order for implementation of laws against fake news to be a success, the strengthening of other institutions like the judiciary and enforcement agencies had to take place first.

“The proposal to enact new laws to fight against fake news is also linked to the fight for greater freedom of expression because of the government’s intolerance in using existing laws like the Sedition Act 1948, the Official Secrets Act 1972, the Communications and Multimedia Act, among others,” he said.

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Less government intervention, more resources for schools to tackle bullying

Source: Malay Mail Online

KUALA LUMPUR, Feb 4 — Educators insist it is unnecessary for the government to directly tackle bullying, and that schools should instead be provided the necessary resources to address the matter.

In a report on school bullying by the National Human Rights Society (Hakam), education experts and NGOs fear this could result in government overreach.

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Verbal, social bullying more common in Malaysia… with lasting effects

Source: Malay Mail Online

KUALA LUMPUR, Feb 4 — Verbal and social bullying has become more common than physical bullying in Malaysia, with greater long-term damage to victims, according to a recent report by the National Human Rights Society (Hakam).

In the Hakam report on Malaysian school bullying released last month, contributing expert and HELP University psychologist on bullying Goh Chee Leong said that statistics by the Education Ministry have shown that over 14,000 school bullying cases occurred between 2012 and 2015.

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