Ministry denies monitoring TMJ, Sultan Ibrahim's social media platforms

Nor Fazlina Abdul Rahim

KOTA BARU: There is no need at the moment for Communications and Multimedia Ministry to probe into allegations by Tunku Mahkota Johor (TMJ), Tunku Ismail Sultan Ibrahim that his and the Sultan of Johor, Sultan Ibrahim Sultan Iskandar social media platform’s were being monitored.

Its deputy minister Eddin Syazlee Shith in denying that the ministry was conducting any such monitoring on any social media platform or e-mails of TMJ and the state ruler.

“We do not conduct any monitoring, as we do not want to interfere into the privacy of any individuals, so long as it does not go against the law.

"Unless there are some who spread defamatory statements and create a risky situation, only then will we

enforce the laws and actions would be taken.

“In fact, the Inspector General of Police, Tan Sri Mohamad Fuzi Harun had also assured that such a thing did not take place,” Eddin Syazlee told reporters at a press conference after attending ‘Jamuan Rakyat’ held in conjunction with Awal Muharram, here today.

Reports quoted Tunku Ismail Sultan Ibrahim as claiming that he and his father, Sultan of Johor Sultan Ibrahim Sultan Iskandar, are being monitored by the government.

Tunku Ismail, via his Facebook page on Sunday, said he was told of the development by several government officials.

The government was using an Israeli-made monitoring device, which he said was used to “spy on people and gather intel.”

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

Tunku Ismail also said that he was also approached by an individual who had wanted to sell him the device.

He adds that he was told by the government officials that the device is 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. © New Straits Times Press (M) Bhd