KUALA LUMPUR: An aide to Rosmah Mansor, Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak’s wife, has openly urged Putrajaya in a Facebook posting on Friday to ban social media sites including the one he was using to send the message.
Rizal Mansor did not explain in his posting how the authorities could do such a thing under the Constitution and rule of law and get away with it. He merely reckoned, without getting into the specifics on the details, that “the social media is now a threat to national security”. He claimed that the people were “abusing it” to spread division and disunity when its “original intention” was as a social networking tool.
“It’s high time that Facebook and similar social media sites are banned,” said Rizal, ironically in Facebook. “The social media is supposed to bring us closer.”
“It’s being mostly used to spread hatred, falsehood, and slander.”
Rizal warned that the continued existence of social media sites, especially Facebook, would cause “the collapse of the race and country”.
His comment drew 25 likes. One person criticized him for being out of touch with the pulse of the community.
Rizal was commenting on Najib’s announcement on Thursday that the Federal Government intends to curb criminal defamation in the social media. He hastened to add that the government nevertheless would follow international standards in “regulating” the internet.
The Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC) has already blocked the UK-based The Sarawak Report, an investigative website run by Founder-Editor Clare Rewcastle-Brown.
The Sarawak Report has uploaded many exposes on Sarawak and the Malaysian Government. None of them have so far been challenged or proven to be false.
There have been claims made by various parties that The Sarawak Report in fact doctored original documents that it obtained from various parties to paint other parties in a bad light. These allegations have not been proven.
The Sarawak Report has since announced that it will commence legal proceedings against certain parties it feels have crossed the lines of normal behaviour since these parties themselves are not willing to sue it over their allegations and unhappiness.