Ministry: Public can record raids but it’s an offence if manipulated


  • Nation
  • Wednesday, 04 Apr 2018

At the dewan rakyat
Reports by HEMANANTHANI SIVANANDAM, HANIS ZAINAL and TARRENCE TAN  

The public are free to record or take pictures of police operations and raids, says the Home Ministry.

However, it said such recordings should be done with good intention to expose violation of procedures or unnecessary actions by police personnel.

“It will become an offence under the Communications and Multi­­­­- me­dia Act 1998 if facts are manipu­­­­la­ted or false news is spread to cause public uneasiness,” said the ministry in a written reply to Lim Lip Eng (DAP-Segambut).

Lim also asked why it was not compulsory for the police to record their raids to ensure transparency.

The ministry said “body video cameras” were introduced to police motorcycle patrol units in 2016.

As a pilot project, 700 cameras were issued to units nationwide.

The cameras, said the ministry, were to record daily patrols, incidents or crime scene information to help with identifying suspects and to be used as evidence.

It was also used as evidence in public complaints.

The ministry said making these cameras compulsory during raids or arrests would require a comprehensive study.

The study will include whether using the cameras would restrict or endanger the movements of personnel during operations or raids and the cost involved.

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