Umno denies ties with 'Sabah-Sarawak Merdeka' FB page

  • Nation
  • Friday, 12 Apr 2019

KUALA LUMPUR: Umno has denied any involvement with a Facebook page that promotes East Malaysia secessionist sentiments and makes insensitive remarks against royalty institutions.

The page, “Sabah-Sarawak Merdeka”, listed Umno headquarters’ official telephone number under its contact details tab.

Umno executive secretary Datuk Mohd Sumali Reduan said the party had never given authorisation to anyone to create a social media account on its behalf.

“We view this matter seriously, and action will be taken through lodging a report with the authorities so that no wrongdoing will taint the good name of the party headquarters and Umno itself,” said Mohd Sumali in a statement on Umno Online on Friday (April 12).

Earlier, the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC) said it had launched investigations against an individual who insulted the Yang di-Pertuan Agong on social media, following multiple complaints.

The regulatory body said an “irresponsible” party had uploaded images that insulted the King on Facebook on Thursday (April 11).

The MCMC also said it was sharing information on the matter with the police.

MCMC’s investigations are being conducted under Section 233 (1) of the Communications and Multimedia Act for using network facilities or app services to consciously spread news with the intention of annoying others.

If found guilty, a person charged under the Section 233 would be liable for a fine of RM50,000 or imprisonment not exceeding one year, or both.