CYBERJAYA, Aug 23 – The Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC) and the Royal Malaysian Police (RMP) arrested several individuals for abusing communications and social media. Head of Monitoring and Enforcement Commission Zul Mohd Yasin said they were detained in the operation in a number of premises in Terengganu, Kelantan and Penang recently.
“The operation was carried out based on public complaints against several suspects who upload pornographic content on the web, send pornographic content via SMS and e-mail and make prank calls to the 999 Emergency Service. Some equipment or communication devices belonging to the suspects were seized in addition to recording their conversation was taken for questioning,” he said.
“The communication devices seized included mobile phones, sim card, pendrive, laptop, modem and Samsung Tab,” he said in a statement here Saturday. Meanwhile, the act is an offense which was under section 233 of the Communications and Multimedia Act 1998 and if convicted they shall be liable to a fine not exceeding RM50,000 or imprisonment not exceeding one year or both,” he added.
“The MCMC takes seriously the abuse of social media and communications services and will take appropriate action based on the rule of law as provided under the Communications and Multimedia Act 1998. We also thank the individuals who helped identify the suspect and expect the public to provide information misuse social media and communications services to expose abuse of authority in social media,” he said.
In a related development, the Commission also asked for an individual named Muhammad Rais Ramlee MCMC to contact the investigating officer, Akmal Hamdy in line 03-8688 8000 or attend at the headquarters of the MCMC for investigation.