MCMC does not carry out mass monitoring of social media, emails

Teoh Pei Ying

KUALA LUMPUR: The Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC) today stressed that it does not carry out mass monitoring of any social media or emails. Its acting chairman, Datuk Dr Mohd Ali Mohamad Nor in a statement today explained that any investigation into social media postings and enforcement action were carried out as a result of complaints or requests by law enforcement agencies. Dr Mohd Ali stressed that the government upholds the right to freedom of speech and privacy within the confines of the law, adding that MCMC will assist if there was a breach of the law. Last Saturday, Tunku Ismail Sultan Ibrahim had posted on his Facebook that he and his father were being monitored by the government. In his post, he said he was recently approached by an individual who had wanted to sell him the device. The government was using an Israeli-made monitoring device which, he said, was used to “spy on people and gather intel.” The device, he said, was used by the previous government before the 14th general election as part of cyber warfare. Tunku Ismail added he was told by government officials that the device was being used by agencies such as the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC), Special Branch, MCMC as well as the Prime Minister’s Office. Meanwhile, Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Mohamad Fuzi Harun in a statement earlier gave assurance that police did not monitor the social media pages of the Sultan of Johor and his family members. © New Straits Times Press (M) Bhd