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Johor cops probe misuse of social media, allegedly involving TMJ

Posted: 10 Apr 2016 11:12 PM PDT

Police and the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC) are working to trace those behind the spreading of false statements and impersonating Johor crown prince Tunku Ismail Sultan Ibrahim.

State police chief Comm Datuk Wan Ahmad Najmuddin Mohd (pic) said the police received two reports on the misuse of Twitter and Facebook involving the prince on April 8 and April 10.
"The first report was in regards to a fake Twitter account under the name of DYAM Tunku Mahkota Johor, where his photo was edited and an image uploaded along with a sensitive statement against a political party.

"In the second report, DYAM Tunku Mahkota Johor's name was misused via a Facebook account to spread a statement criticising the country's leadership," he said in a statement here on Monday.

Comm Wan Ahmad said investigations confirmed that the offensive statements, which could affect the peace and harmony of the country, were never issued by the Tunku Ismail.

"We are investigating the matter under Section 419 of the Penal Code for lying and impersonating and we are working with the MCMC to trace the true owners of the accounts," he added.

Dr Mahathir Appears Confused About OSA

Posted: 10 Apr 2016 08:08 PM PDT

Communications and Multimedia Minister Datuk Seri Dr Salleh Said Keruak says that former prime minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad appears confused over the Official Secrets Act (OSA).

In his latest blog ( posting here tonight, Salleh quoted Dr Mahathir's statement: "I believe the OSA is to punish those who leak Government administrative documents on policies, Cabinet papers and taxation."

He said Dr Mahathir had also said the OSA was to prevent information from being made use of by individuals, companies or foreign governments to their advantage, and it was not meant for keeping secret the crimes committed by officers, employees or individuals.

"Such crimes must be reported or exposed by whoever comes across them. Criminal proceedings should follow," Dr Mahathir had said.

Referring to Dr Mahathir's statement, Salleh said first of all, everyone needed to understand the issue of what a whistleblower was, and the rights of a whistleblower under the Whistleblower Protection Act (WPA) 2010.

"The WPA says that whistleblowers can provide evidence if it is legally available through the course of their work. The catch phrase here is 'legally available through the course of their work'.

"That does not cover data or document theft or information illegally procured, this is a very crucial aspect of the WPA that Dr Mahathir either does not understand or he is not telling us," he added.

In short, he said one could not fight crime by committing a crime, and any document or file stamped 'RAHSIA' (TOP SECRET) comes under the protection of the OSA.

Salleh said, as the late Raja Aziz Addrusse (a lawyer and former Bar Council president) sarcastically said in court back in 2002, on the Mohamad Ezam Mohd Nor (former chief of Parti Keadilan Rakyat Youth) case, even if toilet paper was stamped 'RAHSIA', then anyone who was in possession of that toilet paper had committed a crime and could be jailed.

"Mohamad Ezam was convicted and slapped with a two-year jail sentence by Dr Mahathir's Government for a violation of the OSA, even though he told the truth.

Mohamad Ezam's crime was revealing abuses by certain people in power.

"In other words, it is not the contents of the file that matters, it can even be a menu for the departmental dinner, which is not at all sensitive to the security of the nation. It is the 'Top Secret' classification of that file that would be the crux of the matter," Salleh said.

Salleh said surely, Dr Mahathir, who held the prime minister's post for 22 years understood about the 'Top Secret' classification, and there are certain files, papers or documents that did not even need a 'RAHSIA' stamp and were automatically protected under the OSA, with or without any 'RAHSIA' stamp.

"This is so fundamental, it boggles the mind that Dr Mahathir does not seem to understand about this and even more perplexing is the fact that the former prime minister sent Mohamad Ezam to jail for doing precisely what he (Dr Mahathir) says, Malaysians should do," he said.

PM’s Dept soon to launch app for complaints

Posted: 10 Apr 2016 07:03 PM PDT

The Public Complaints Bureau of the Prime Minister's Department will introduce a mobile smartphone app to make it easier for people to channel complaints.

Its director-general Datuk Harjeet Singh said the app was being developed and targeted for launch soon.

He said with the smartphone app, the public could also send in suggestions and ideas to help the Government resolve problems.

"These days people prefer to use phones and the mobile app will let them do that," he said after attending the bureau's mobile counter service event here.

With the app, Harjeet said the public could snap photos of potholes or fallen tree branches and forward them to the bureau for further action.

"We will refer the matter to the relevant agencies," he added.

Harjeet said it was high time that the bureau, government departments and agencies went to the ground to check on complaints such as damaged lifts at low-cost flats and vandalism.

"There is no use if we receive complaints and spend money to address them but they keep recurring. It will be more effective if we analyse the problems to prevent them from happening again," he said.

Harjeet noted an example where a local council spent RM17mil on lift repairs, but RM10mil of it was used to deal with damages caused by vandals. Last year, he said they received 6,388 complaints nationwide.

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