KUALA LUMPUR: The Royal Malaysia Navy (RMN) has gone to “war” with rumour mongers with its campaign to prevent abuses on social media.
Habitual offenders among navy personnel could face internal disciplinary action, says RMN chief Laksamana Tan Sri Ahmad Kamarulzaman Ahmad Badaruddin.
He called on the personnel to help by advising their colleagues from abusing social media if they notice negative behaviour among them.
He also said personnel who notice any of their colleagues spreading false information should let them know so that they would not continue.
“If any of our personnel is found to continue to spread false information, action could be taken by their various heads of department,” he said.
“The in-house campaign was initiated as false news was being spread through social media. Social media needs to be used prudently for the good of all.
“Our campaign is meant to raise awareness among our personnel to keep from spreading false news online,” he told reporters after launching the campaign at Wisma Pertahanan yesterday.
“We are also trying to discourage our personnel from using social media to chat while attending meetings, driving, or when they are in places of worship.”
On another matter, Laksamana Ahmad Kamarulazaman said the Langkawi International Maritime and Aerospace Exhibition (Lima 2017) will return for its 14th edition in March.
“We had 36 vessels for Lima 15. Visitors can expect to see more vessels this year,” he said adding that there would be a lot of new attractions during the exhibition in Langkawi.
In his speech, Laksamana Ahmad Kamarulazaman said besides the problem of the abuse of social media, the RMN is facing other challenges, such as fiscal deficit, social problems such as drug abuse, gambling, being involved in crime and being absent without leave.
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