Putting the public on good behaviour

  • Letters
  • Wednesday, 27 Sep 2017

I REFER to the letter “Think again before hitting ‘Share’” (The Star, Sept 11). The writer wrote at length about the negative aspects of sharing videos on social media. He referred in particular to the video of a woman in an angry tirade with an enforcement officer of the Subang Jaya Municipal Council. He felt that she didn’t seem violent or had any intention to hurt anyone.

But I beg to differ. Anyone looking at the video would not be the least surprised if the officer was physically assaulted with the steering lock. The saving grace was that he kept his cool and contained his emotions despite the verbal abuse.

Whoever records an event like this should be responsible for the effects after sharing their video on social media. Anyone who felt that the video sharing had maligned or defamed them can take legal means to correct the alleged injustice done.

Barring irresponsible sharing, something useful can come out of sharing these video recordings.

There are so many anti-social behaviours we can do without. Child abuse, animal abuse, sexual tryst, road rage, school bullying, wayside robbery and verbal and physical assault are common examples of anti-social behaviours. Therefore, let it be known that anyone who misbehaves in public should be made aware that their actions can be overtly or covertly recorded and the contents shared online.


Petaling Jaya

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