Social media-obsessed a threat to country and self, cops warn

KUALA TERENGGANU, Feb 1 — Police will step up their vigilance at Terengganu’s gateways to prevent negative elements including Daesh terrorists from entering the state.

Terengganu police chief Datuk Rosli Ab Rahman said the authorities were also keeping a sharp eye on the state’s petroleum industrial area, Sultan Mahmud Airport and government buildings against potential threats.

He said the move was in response to the Inspector General of Police’s recent high national security alert announcement.

Meanwhile, he said that obsession with the social media could unwittingly cause individuals to commit offences such as libel and influence them to act negatively, to the detriment of the country and themselves.

He said such obsession could change the way of thinking and mentality of the individual as to lead him or her to defy the country’s laws or for a Muslim, act in opposition to Islamic teachings.

“For example, the Malaysians including students involved in Daesh terrorist activities were influenced by the information circulated through the social media.

“Even though it is clear that the activities were linked to terrorism and against Islamic law, the sympathy and empathy approach used by Daesh through the social media could still sway an individual’s reasoning,” he told Bernama today.

Rosli said social media can also threaten the security of the individual as his or her personal and confidential information could freely be accessed through the social media such as Facebook and Twitter. – MMO.