Parliament: Ministry blocks 6,640 websites

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  • Thursday, 31 Oct 2013

THE Communications and Multimedia Ministry has blocked 6,640 websites which contravened the Communications and Multimedia Act 1998 for phishing, content plagiarism as well as carrying pornographic materials, says its deputy minister Datuk Jailani Johari.

“Twenty cases are now being investigated under the same Act, including a person who had used social media to insult the Yang di-Pertuan Agong and the royal institution.

“In the latest case, a 28-year-old suspect was charged with insulting the Sultan of Johor via Facebook and was fined RM20,000 at a Sessions Court,” he said.

However, Jailani said there was no plan to set up a special task force to handle issues involving social media.

The cases of complaints about social media were very small and could be handled by the ministry on its own.

“Our role is to facilitate investigations and after completion of a probe, we will forward it to the relevant agency for further action,” he told Datuk Abdul Rahman Mohamad (BN-Lipis).

Jailani said that between Jan 1 and Sept 30 this year, the ministry, through the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC) recorded 8,101 cases, whereby 63% of them involved complaints regarding services, slow Internet connection and poor 3G coverage.

A total of 37% involved SMS, television and radio, including telecommunication infrastructure and radiation, cyber crimes and other reports which are beyond the ministry’s purview, he added.

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