MCMC: Why we blocked, Sarawak Report and Medium

Source: The Star Online

HAKAM comment: MCMC said blocked according to laws of the country. The laws have not changed (yet) so, why unblock? Isn’t that evidence of your arbitrariness? We need new MCMC commissioners appointed to replace this group who has no respect for the Rule of Law.

The Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission — The Star filepic

The Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission says it blocked GE14 results site on polling night over concerns the results were not correct.

In a post on its Facebook page, MCMC says it acted on complaints from the public that the results and information displayed on the site were inaccurate.

“However, after reviewing the content being displayed, we removed the block as the criteria used to do so were no longer relevant at this moment,” according to MCMC

Digital transparency advocacy group Sinar Project released a report on May 16 saying that the website was blocked on the evening of polling day on May 9. Read more

Man fined RM20,000 for insulting PM, A-G on social media

Source: The Malaysian Insight

A BUSINESSMAN was fined a total of RM20,000 by the Kuala Lumpur Sessions Court today after pleading guilty to four counts of uploading offensive communication contents on Prime Minister Najib Razak and Attorney-General Mohamed Apandi Ali on his Facebook page two years ago.

Azhar Mamat, 45, made the plea after the charges were read out to him before judge Zaman Mohd Noor.

He was fined RM5,000, in default of a month’s jail, on each count. Azhar paid the fine.

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MCMC and Nuemera sued over 2014 data breach

Source: Malay Mail Online

KUALA LUMPUR, Feb 7 ― PKR communications director Fahmi Fadzil filed a civil suit against the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC) and Nuemera (M) Sdn Bhd yesterday for alleged failure to protect 46.2 million personal information.

The suit was triggered by a massive date breach that is believed to have occurred in 2014.

“In this digital era, our personal infomation has become the basis of our day to day transaction. The public needs to know that they can trust and feel confident about the institutions and parties who are entrusted of such duties, can stay true to their responsibilities.

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Malaysia tops in South-East Asia for online child pornography

Source: The Star

KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia has the highest number of IP addresses uploading and downloading photographs and visuals of child pornography in South-East Asia, authorities have said.

The number of children falling prey to perpetrators whom they befriended online is also reportedly increasing fast.

Many Malaysian parents let their children use handphones without monitoring them, and more than 60% of children spend time in online chatrooms on the Internet on a daily basis.

Data shows that close to 20,000 IP addresses in Malaysia upload and download photographs and visuals of child pornography and that the country ranks top in South-East Asia in this regard.

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False news can destroy lives, threatens nation, MCMC COO says

Source: The Malay Mail Online

BUKIT GANTANG, Dec 30 —  Dissemination of false news on the Internet can ruin a person’s life, as well as threatens national stability, said Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC) chief operating officer Datuk Mazlan Ismail.

He said the spread of false news not only occurred in Malaysia, but also in developed countries such as France, Germany and Britain.

“Checking the legitimacy and source of news is very important before spreading it,” he said in his speech at the Bukit  Gantang SEBENARNYA.MY Carnival in Changkat Jering. Read more

Explain grounds for probe into news portal, MCMC urged

Source: The Star

PETALING JAYA: Groups representing journalists are troubled over the announcement that authorities are probing an online news portal for alleged “insults” against Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak.

In a joint statement, Gerakan Media Merdeka (Geramm), Wan-IFRA Media Freedom Committee (Malaysia) and Institute Journalists Malaysia (IoJM) said the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC) must explain their grounds for investigating The Malaysian Insight.

“The claims of ‘insult’ against Najib, which have been repeated over two days during the Umno general assembly, have not been backed up by any example or proof whatsoever,” they added. Read more

Rights group takes on online bullying

Source: The Malaysian Insight

The anonymity of the internet makes it a perfect place for cyber bullies to inflict harm, abuse or threats on others, besides invading users’ privacy. – EPA pic, October 7, 2017.

A HUMAN rights group looking to expand laws to protect online users from cyber-harassment will complete a public feedback initiative today and prepare a consultation document it hopes will form the basis for stronger laws to tackle the problem.

The Malaysian Centre for Constitutionalism and Human Rights (MCCHR) will compile the views under its PeopleACT initiative and hand it over to internet regulator the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC), various ministries and other organisations.

MCCHR project manager Lim Ka Ea said information communication technology was increasingly used as a tool to inflict harm, abuse or threats on others, besides invading users’ privacy.

Threats of rape, death and exposure of private data, information and photographs are emotionally stressful and the damage they inflict on their victims can sometimes extend to physical trauma, she said.

“In most of these cases, perpetrators of cyber-harassment are rarely held accountable for their behaviour  and the possibility of being anonymous in cyber-space exacerbates this problem,” Lim said. Read more

Death threat probe on Bersih chief submitted to AGC

Source: FMT News

However, second death threat against Maria Chin and her sons last November is still under police investigation. Pic from FMT News.

KUALA LUMPUR: Police have completed their probe into the death threats against Bersih 2.0 chairperson Maria Chin Abdullah and her sons, Bersih committee member Mandeep Singh and Malaysian Human Rights Society chairperson Ambiga Sreenevasan.

“The investigation paper was submitted to the Attorney-General’s Chambers on April 12, 2017,” the home ministry said in a written reply at the Dewan Rakyat today.

The ministry added that the government was awaiting a report on the issue from the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC). Read more

Over 2,000 fake accounts blocked or shut down since January

Source: The Star Online

Facebook — AFP pic

KUALA LUMPUR: More than 2,000 fake social media accounts have been blocked or shut down since January this year, said the Communications and Multimedia Ministry.

Minister Datuk Seri Dr Salleh Said Keruak said the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC) had reported these accounts to social media providers such as Facebook and Twitter because they violated the terms and conditions set by these platforms.

“From the 2,000 fake accounts, almost 75% of them have been subjected to further action while the rest are still under investigation,” he told the Dewan Rakyat on Thursday.

Salleh was responding to a question from Datuk Mohd Fasiah Mohd Fakeh (BN – Sabak Bernam) on the number of fake accounts that have been identified and the actions taken to curb the spread of fake news. Read more

1 day jail, RM4,000 fine for insulting Najib on Facebook

Source: FMT News

Money changer pleads guilty, as goverment lawyer presses for harsh sentence to deter other would-be offenders from making disparaging remarks about the prime minister. Pic from FMT News

KUALA LUMPUR: A foreign currency trader paid dearly for posting derogatory remarks about Prime Minister Najib Razak on his Facebook last year.

Mohd Nasaruddin Sairon, who hails from a Felda settlement in Kota Tinggi, Johor, was jailed a day and fined RM4,000 by a Sessions Court after he pleaded guilty to the charge.

The 41-year-old, who was unrepresented, committed the offence when he posted an emotionally charged remark about Najib on Facebook on Oct 8.

The posting on Nasaruddin’s Facebook page was read by a member of the public, Khalijah Mohamed, who filed a complaint with the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC) the following day. Read more