KUALA LUMPUR, Jun 13 – Selling firecrackers online, including on social media, is unlawful and stern action will be taken against anyone found doing so, said Inspector-general of Police Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar today. However, he said, the police have not received any report on the sale of firecrackers through the Internet.
He said he hope that the operators of delivery services, like Pos Laju, will cooperate with the police to prevent such matters. Meanwhile, the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC), in a statement sent to Bernamatoday, said the commission would provide technical assistance to the police, if required, to address the matter.
This included identifying the suspect, providing forensic expertise, and if necessary, blocking of website, it said. Checks by Bernama found sale of firecrackers on at least seven websites as well as through smartphone applications like WhatsApp and Instagram. The websites concerned posted images of the various types of firecrackers, at a price of RM3 to RM260 per box.
The websites concerned are ‘Mercun Raya 2016’, ‘Mercun RAYA 2016 baru’, ‘Bungapi & Mercun@skyblast’, ‘Mercun Online Store (mercun_online)’, ‘mercun_bunga_api_lcm’, ‘Kedai Bunga Api Raya’ and ‘Mercun Raya’. Prospective buyers are required to make payments through bank accounts and are given the option to either receive the goods by hand at a pre-determined location or by post. — Bernama