KUALA LUMPUR – The police and the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC) have received 20 complaints against a woman who called herself Kaklong Dungun.
According to the Deputy Minister of Communications and Multimedia, Datuk Zahidi Zainul Abidin, the complaints were lodged based on her insults against People with Disabilities (PWD) that was shared on the Facebook of Wan Noor Baizura.
The police and MCMC are conducting investigation based on those complaints.
He also reminded the public that insulting the modesty of a person, including making fun of the physical condition of a person could be charged under Section 509 and Section 504 of the Penal Code and Section 233 (1)(b) of the Communications and Multimedia Act 1998.
He was answering the question from Senator Datuk Ras Adiba Mohd Radzi and Senator Datuk Seri S. Vell Paari who raised question on the actions which would be taken against those who insult and mock PWD in the social media.
According to Zahidi, contents with hatred elements against the PWD is an offence according to the service terms of social media platform providers such as Facebook and Instagram.
“Based on joint-governance, other actions which could be taken include advising those affected to lodge complain to the social media platform providers.
“Besides that, the government is also mobilising awareness and educational programmes to encourage wise and prudent culture among social media users,” he said.
According to Zahidi, the Ministry of Communications and Multimedia (K-KOMM) also organises advocation programmes such as Klik Dengan Bijak (KDB), Hentikan Buli Siber dan Berita Palsu to produce more a responsible community.
Besides that, K-KOMM had also finalised the suggestion to amend Section 233 233(1)(b) of the Communications and Multimedia Act 1998 (Act 588).
“Proposal to amend the punishment could serve as lesson to the perpetrators not to repeat their actions. It could also prevent the community from committing the similar offence in the future,” he said. -MalaysiaGazette