Govt making progress on cyberbullying law, says Gobind


KUALA LUMPUR: The Government is making progress with its plan to come up with a law to tackle cyberbullying, says Gobind Singh Deo.

The Communications and Multimedia Minister, who had mentioned the proposal of such a law last December, said discussions with different ministries and the police are
ongoing.

“We are looking at several areas, but let us complete discussions first and let the process take its course. Once we have come up with a decision, we will make an announcement,” he said in response to questions on what the law would cover.

Gobind said this after distributing bubur lambuk to TM Bhd staff members at Menara TM on Thursday (May 16).

It was reported that the Communications and Multimedia Act 1998 may be amended to better tackle cyberbullying.

This follows the death of a Sarawakian teenager, who jumped from an apartment, after seeing polling results on a question she put up on Instagram.

The 16-year-old girl had put up a poll as part of her Instastory, asking followers to help her choose between "D" or "L".

It is learned that 69% of her respondents voted "D" which allegedly stood for "Death". "L" is believed to stand for "Life".

Gobind said he has tasked the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC) to cooperate with the police in investigating the matter.

“The matter is now under police investigation, and I have instructed MCMC to cooperate with the police as much as possible to get clearer facts on the case before we take further steps to amend the existing laws,” he said.