IGP hits back at critics who slam use of Twitter to detect sedition

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  • Saturday, 14 Feb 2015

PETALING JAYA: The Inspector-General of Police has hit back against his detractors, who criticise his policing via Twitter.

Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar said that to accuse the police of using Twitter to crack down on dissent was most inappropriate. He added that to claim that the medium was an extension of the arms of archaic and draconian law was most uncalled for.

“It is appalling that critics should lambast the way that the police keep the public informed of our actions through Twitter.

“With regards to matters that have raised public’s concerns, it is not legally wrong to do so.

“It is wrong when some quarters use the platform to influence or instigate third party’s opinions that adversely affect national security and interest,” he said in a statement yesterday.

Khalid called on the people to practise restraint and caution to control the rise of racial and religious sentiments, which could tear the country apart.

“Such is also true with seditious and intimidating comments, which could disrupt social harmony and create unrest amongst the people.

“Freedom of speech is the political right to communicate one’s opinions and ideas.

“However, it must come with common limitations, which are universally observed by governments all over the world,” he said.

Khalid said the irresponsible use of freedom of speech include slander, sedition, hate speech and causing public nuisance.

“The police will continue to do what is right and best for the nation, without fear or favour,” he said.

The IGP has come under fire recently, mostly from the opposition over his monitoring and use of Twitter in detecting those who allegedly make seditious remarks.

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