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Monday, 14 April 2014

Shabery denies involvement in Facebook account

ALOR GAJAH: Datuk Seri Ahmad Shabery Cheek has distanced himself from the “1 Juta Rakyat Malay-sia Menyokong Shabery Cheek” Facebook account, saying it has nothing to do with him.

The Communication and Multi­media Minister called the Facebook account mischievous and reported the matter to the Malaysian Com­munica­tions and Multimedia Com­mission (MCMC).

He urged the commission to investigate and take appropriate ac­­tion.

The Kemaman MP said he would also lodge a police report against the parties responsible and would personally ask Facebook to delete the account.

“I was shocked when my name was used to open the account when in actual fact, I do not know anything about this.

“The account has postings which are unsuitable and made by irres­ponsible people,” he told reporters here on Saturday night.

Earlier, Ahmad Shabery had attended a dinner organised by the Ministry of Communications and Multimedia held in conjunction with the three-day Transformation Re­treat Workshop, which ended yesterday.

The Facebook account in question has made postings with negative connotations to the country’s va­­rious races and religions, the monarchy and the police force.

The account was started on May 29 last year and allegedly managed by its administrator known as “Amran Pekida”.

To date, the account had accumulated 2,328 “likes”.

Ahmad Shabery lamented that using someone else’s name to open a Facebook account was quite common and urged the public not to make any hasty decisions on the postings in the account or make accusations until it had been investigated.

“This is why we stress the need to educate the public to be wise in their assessment of data they get on the Internet,” he said.

On the allegation that the MCMC was not firm in curtailing such things, he said that at present, Malaysia had more than 14 million Facebook accounts, which was among the highest in any country, and that these accounts were ma­­naged by Facebook itself and not MCMC.

“We practise an open system, so we cannot stop Facebook. It is not logical that we shut down these accounts or make special registration requirements.

“These cannot be done and will have a negative effect on us,” he said. — Bernama

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