Malaysian Cops to HUNT Security Forces Scorners on Social Mediaby
Salhan K Ahmad
Police will hunt down individuals who post disparaging comments about the actions of security forces in Sabah via social media, warned deputy inspector-general of police Khalid Abu Bakar.
"I have issued orders to hound those who post statements that disparage or demean the actions of our forces, especially those who have fallen or are injured," he told a press conference in Kuala Lumpur today.
"Don't commit stupid acts like this... I ask that they stop. We will hound them, we will take action.”
When asked about the legal provisions and penalties for this, Khalid (left) vaguely said that there are "various ways" to do so.
He conceded that action could not be taken against foreigners as “that is out of our jurisdiction”.
Asked about investigations into PKR vice-president Tian Chua who allegedly gave a statement that the intrusion into Lahad Datu was a ‘show’ (sandiwara) by Umno, Khalid the police will make an announcement when the time comes.
Police, however, will not let the Batu MP get away so easily, he said. “How can he get away,” he added.
A police unit from Johor had last night recorded a statement from Tian Chua after hundreds of police reports had been made by individuals and NGOs on the statement which had appeared on the Keadilan Daily website.
Police also recorded statements from two journalists of the PKR organ, as well as a journalist from New Straits Times Press on the same case.
Last Tuesday, Tian Chua had said he was only responsible for the direct quotes in the article.
On a related matter, Khalid announced that police have opened two investigation papers over the intrusion of armed gunmen into Sabah
One covers incidents in and around Lahad Datu and the other, for events at Kampung Simunul in Semporna.
This is being done under Section 130 of the Security Offences (Special Measures) Act 2012, read together with Penal Code provisions on terrorism-related offences.