Meta queried on removal of reports

PUTRAJAYA: Meta, which operates social media platforms like Facebook and WhatsApp, has been asked to explain why reports by Malaysian media on the Prime Minister’s meeting with Hamas top brass were taken down from these platforms.

The Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission has written to Meta asking for an explanation on its move, says Fahmi Fadzil.

The Communications Minister said Meta had “violated media freedom” with its move.

“I, too, will be writing to seek an explanation from them,” he said.

“As minister, I condemn the move to take down media posts on the Prime Minister’s official work and activities.”

On whether the country is prepared to face economic backlash over its continued relations with Hamas, the government spokesman pointed out that Malaysia’s relations are with Hamas’ political wing.

“All political parties in the country have ties with the political wing of Hamas, based on the struggle to establish Palestine as a nation. The government’s stand is clear on this,” Fahmi said.

“We do not have relations with Hamas’ military wing.”

While in Doha, Qatar, this week, Prime Minister Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim met with Hamas political bureau chief Ismail Haniyeh.

The meeting sparked speculation, especially since Malaysia’s name has been linked to the channelling of funds to Hamas.

On another matter, Fahmi said Anwar had his own considerations when extending Tan Sri Azam Baki’s contract as chief commissioner of the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC).

He said that while groups have the right to state their views, the Prime Minister would have his reasons for making the decision.

The Centre to Combat Corruption and Cronyism had criticised Azam’s reappointment, saying it highlighted the ongoing failure of the government to enact institutional reforms.

Azam’s contract as MACC head was extended for another year last Friday.

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