IGP: Police targeting ‘immature Malaysians’ on social media


KUALA LUMPUR: Efforts are being intensified to monitor "immature Malaysians" who make "overzealous" comments on social media.

Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar (pic) said the current situation had pushed the police to crack down on the matter.

"There are about 14 million Facebook users in Malaysia and we are considered the worst when it comes to making comments.

"The way a person handles social media shows a lot with regard to the level of his or her maturity.

"This is the reason why we are focusing on beefing up our efforts since social media threats are going overboard," he said at a press conference at Bukit Aman on Tuesday.

Khalid said there was a need for police to intervene as comments and threats made on social media could cause public unrest.

"We will monitor messaging applications like WhatsApp, which is widely used by Malaysians to spread incorrect and false information," he said.

Khalid added that the police would also be working closely with the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission.

"We will drag these perpetrators to justice," he said.