IGP: Johor Sultan and family members' social media pages not monitored

Teoh Pei Ying

KUALA LUMPUR: The Inspector-General of Police (IGP) today gave the assurance that the social media pages belonging to the Sultan of Johor Sultan Ibrahim Sultan Iskandar and his family members were not monitored.

Tan Sri Mohamad Fuzi Harun said this in a statement today in responding to Johor Crown Prince Tunku Ismail Sultan Ibrahim’s Facebook post, titled “My Father and I being monitored”, which claimed that cybertroopers were active on their personal and Johor Southern Tigers' (JDT) Facebook pages.

Mohamad Fuzi added he will seek an audience with the Sultan of Johor to explain the issue.

Tunku Ismail had posted on his Facebook page on Saturday claiming that their social media pages were being monitored by the government.

He said he was recently approached by an individual who had wanted to sell him the Israeli made monitoring device, which he said was used by the government to “spy on people and gather intel".

The device, he added, was used by the previous government before the 14th general election (GE14) as part of cyber warfare.

Tunku Ismail claimed he was told by government officials that the device was being used by agencies such as the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC), Special Branch, Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission, as well as the Prime Minister’s Office.

“When it comes to national security, I think it is something we need, but these same devices should not be used by individuals for personal gain.

“I know the former government used this, but this is supposed to be Malaysia Baru – it is no place for such practices any longer,” he said.

“It is not nice when officials come to me saying that my father, the Sultan of Johor, and I are being monitored.

“And that there are cybertroopers planted on JDT and our personal pages such as the Official Sultan Ibrahim and HRH Crown Prince of Johor pages, waiting in case there is something that does not go down well with certain higher ups,” he said. © New Straits Times Press (M) Bhd