Govt to tackle online menace as it improves Internet access

  • Nation
  • Thursday, 19 Sep 2019

PUTRAJAYA: The Government will work to tackle online menace like fake news, as it improves the nation’s access to the Internet under the National Fiberisation and Connectivity Plan (NFCP).

Communications and Multimedia Minister Gobind Singh Deo said the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC) was studying measures to prevent online connectivity from being used for nefarious means.

“We recognise the fact as we build the infrastructure that there will be more people using Internet services, and there will be increased participation on social media, and this is an area of concern.

“But this is also an area that the MCMC is looking at very carefully, and I hope to announce some ideas to deal with such problems, ” he said.

He said many had expressed concerns that it was a problem, and the ministry and MCMC were meeting with stakeholders to get their opinions to create a suitable solution.

“We will be engaging with everyone a little bit more before we decide what we need to do.

"We are looking into it and will make the necessary announcement once it is ready, ” said Gobind at a press conference after launching the plan.

He also said the government was continuing to work on a law that could be used to curb cyberbullying and was speaking with relevant ministries.

He first announced the need for such a law last December, and the topic was revisited once again in May, following the death of a teenager in Sarawak who jumped from an apartment following responses to a poll she had put up on Instagram on whether to kill herself or not.

The NFCP is a five-year plan to put in place high-quality and affordable digital connectivity for the people and drive Malaysia’s progress.

Among other things, it's targetting by 2023 to provide 98% of populated places in Malaysia with average Internet speeds of 30Mbps and making Gigabit-speed connectivity available in all state capitals.

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