Appreciate media’s role, they help enlighten public, DPM tells authorities

Source: The Malay Mail Online

PUTRAJAYA, June 20- Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi today urged the authorities to understand and appreciate the media’s role in educating the public via news reports and exposés.

In his speech at a buka puasa feast for enforcement agencies at his official residence here, the Home Minister said that the roles played by all forms of media agencies are important.

“Appreciate their contributions.

“In a borderless world, the efforts from all quarters, including the social media is important as they give (news) coverage and exposes.

“I hope that the coverage and exposés will enlighten the public,” Ahmad Zahid said. Read more

MCMC receives 403 complaints on offences pertaining to insults, threats from January-May

Source: The Malay Mail Online

KUALA LUMPUR, June 20 — The Communications and Multimedia Ministry through the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC) has received 403 complaints from the public involving offences pertaining to insults and threats between January and May this year.

Its Deputy Minister Datuk Jailani Johari told the Dewan Negara today that of the total cases, 142 complaints involved threats of spreading personal videos and pictures of victims had been extended for further probe by the police.

He said, offences involving criminal extortion or disclosing information of individuals for revenge purposes are under the jurisdiction of the police, but MCMC had always cooperated with the police in fighting such crimes on social media.

“It covers cooperation in monitoring, detection, information sharing as well as aspects of digital forensics,” he said when replying to Senator Datuk Koh Chin Han on the matter.

Jailani said at the same time, MCMC was carrying out awareness and educational programmes to foster a culture of smart media consumerism so that new media users were not entangled with crime.

To date, there are 20.1 million Internet users in the country, while 16.8 million of the total are active social media users. — Bernama

Net Neutrality: The FCC Won. Did You? — Shelly Palmer

Source: LinkedIn


FCC LogoA federal appeals court upheld the rights of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to regulate broadband (wired and wireless) under Title II of the 1934 Communications Act (Title II). Or, to put it another way, regulate the Internet in 2016 like it was the phone system in 1934. This is a big win for the FCC. But what does it mean for you?

First, this opinion by the District of Columbia Circuit (DCCoA) gives the FCC the power it needs to impose some serious regulations. The decision will probably be appealed, either to the DCCoA or the Supreme Court of the United States. But, for a whole bunch of legal technicalities and precedents, neither court is likely to overturn it. So, for your regulatory pleasure, here are some of the things this decision empowers the FCC to do.

Opt-In and Privacy

The FCC used to let service providers automatically collect your data – as long as you were given a way to opt out. Now, the Commission has the power to force service providers to ask your permission to collect your data. This sounds good, but all automated data collection is not evil; some of it is used to customise your online experience. Also, if advertisers can’t get your data, you are likely to see astoundingly irrelevant ads and absolutely all unrequested emails will be spam. There are two sides to this issue. We’ll see how it plays out. Read more

Family of Customs man killed in MACC custody wins RM213,000 on appeal

Source: The Malay Mail Online

File photo of Ahmad Sarbaini Mohamed's wife, Masiah@Maziah Manap (centre) at Jalan Duta in Kuala Lumpur, on April 4, 2014. — Picture by Yusof Mat Isa

File photo of Ahmad Sarbaini Mohamed’s wife, Masiah@Maziah Manap (centre) at Jalan Duta in Kuala Lumpur, on April 4, 2014. — Picture by Yusof Mat Isa

KUALA LUMPUR, June 20 — The Court of Appeal today awarded the family of Ahmad Sarbaini Mohamed RM213,000 in damages in their suit against the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) over his death while in their custody.

The appellate court also reversed a High Court ruling from last year that dismissed the family’s wrongful death suit against the agency with costs.

Ahmad Sarbaini, then a 56-year-old Selangor Customs assistant director, was found dead on the first floor of the Kuala Lumpur MACC building in Jalan Cochrane on April 6, 2011.