Report social media posts inciting racial, religious sentiments, urges Johor exco rep

JOHOR BARU: Social media users are urged to report any incitement and religious postings on social media platforms to the relevant authorities to help fight the issue.

Johor health and unity committee chairman Ling Tian Soon said attention should also be paid to companies that coordinate social media to monitor the contents of posts including racial and religious postings.

He said that unity in the country was a shared responsibility and everybody has a role to play to ensure multi-racial Malaysia remains a harmonious country.

Ling said the recently concluded 15th General Election (GE15) was held to get a mandate from the people.

"But, post-GE15, there was an uproar on social media regarding racial issues and religion," he said in a statement released on Thursday (Nov 24).

Ling opined that this should be stopped before it becomes a source of division.

He said this election should be a celebration of democracy and achieve stability in the country.

Ling added that the resolution of the political uncertainty in the country should be left to the leadership of each political party and the wisdom of Yang di-Pertuan Agong.

"I understand the people’s concern about this instability, but it cannot be an excuse for racial issues and each party or coalition that competes does not represent any religion or race," he said.

Ling called on all Malaysians including politicians to continue practising moderation, adding that since independence, Malaysia has celebrated diversity and pluralism.

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