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MCMC warns stern action

KUALA LUMPUR, 31 Dec 2008: The Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC) has warned of stern action against those publishing offensive and indecent content about race and religion online.

Any action that constitutes a contravention of Malaysian laws in the offline world also constitutes an offence in the online world, including the internet, an MCMC statement said.

It also called on parents and guardians to monitor the use of the internet by minors and young persons to ensure that they do not fall prey to unscrupulous individuals.

Users of internet social networking sites should be cautious of the type of information they choose to post or publish online as irresponsible individuals may use these information against them in the future, it added.

“MCMC is very concerned with the increasing incidence of irresponsible and unethical use of the internet, in particular comments made in blogs. The internet is a powerful tool for development but is unfortunately misused by a small number of irresponsible and unethical individuals.”

Citing the latest incident where a blog was reported to have published contents found to be offensive and indecent, in particular comments relating to the Prophet Muhammad and Islam, the MCMC said it was working closely with other enforcement agencies in its investigations. — Bernama


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