Don't use Covid-19 SOPs to tarnish reputation of others on social media, says Mike Chong


  • Nation
  • Monday, 02 Nov 2020

Datuk Seri Michael Chong. -filepic

KUALA LUMPUR: Beware of using the Covid-19 standard operating procedures (SOPs) as a means to tarnish the reputation of others on social media, warns Datuk Seri Michael Chong.

The MCA Public Services and Complaints Department head said they have received a complaint that someone had put up the photo of an individual at a food court, alleging that he did not follow the SOPs.

He said the photo of KK Group of Companies founder and executive chairman Datuk Seri Dr KK Chai had been posted on Facebook, along with a claim that he was not adhering to the SOPs.

The woman who wrote the post and uploaded the pictures claimed that Chai allegedly did not wear a mask and that he was not practising physical distancing properly.

The post has garnered negative comments and reactions on Facebook.

Chong, however, questioned why the woman thought Chai was required to wear a mask when he is eating at a food court.

"The SOPs are important and should be followed, but that doesn't mean you see a shadow and jump the gun.

"Who wears a mask when eating at the food court? Why did she put up the photos on Facebook, what was her motive?" he said in a press conference in Wisma MCA on Monday (Nov 2).

He said Chai did not lodge a police report, but was considering legal action.

Having received six cyberbullying complaints this year so far, Chong noted that some have used the Covid-19 pandemic as a means to get an edge over their business rivals.

"They post false claims that certain cafes or their employees have Covid-19 incidents, and such news made people fearful of going to the premises," he said.

Lawyer Datuk Theng Book, who was at the press conference, also said legal provisions on putting up photos of another person on social media must be updated.

"Provisions on the invasion of privacy are not (explicitly) codified in the Malaysian law," he said, adding that this is especially important as technology and social media are playing a bigger role in society now.

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