Two bloggers held over false allegations, racist remarks
May 8, 2013, New Straits Times
KUALA LUMPUR: Police have arrested two bloggers for posting racist remarks and posting false allegations against the force.
Federal Commercial Crime Investigation Department director Datuk Syed Ismail Syed Azizan said investigations had also started on an alleged inflammatory report which was published on the front page of Utusan Malaysia yesterday.
He said bloggers “Papa Gomo” and “King Jason” were detained for allegedly posting racist remarks and posting false allegations against the police on a microblogging website.
The two were picked up at two separate locations on Monday.
Papa Gomo, 33, was arrested at a petrol station near Danau Kota about 3pm while King Jason, 38, was detained at Jalan Kota Raja, Klang, in the afternoon.
Syed Ismail said Papa Gomo was picked up for posting two tweets on Twitter that had elements of hatred and racism towards a particular political party while King Jason had posted three tweets alleging that phantom voters were protected by police.
“We will continue monitoring social media and we will not rest until those who circulate racial postings online are detained.
“Anyone who tries to instil hate and compromise public safety will face the music.”
Syed Ismail said the police cyber crime unit had been monitoring posts on social media networks since polling day.
“The police reports against the two bloggers were made after their postings were detected by the unit personnel. We have identified several other culprits and we expect to make arrests soon.
“We will also hunt down those who share these postings,” he said, adding people should be careful of what they ‘share’ and always verify the facts before passing it around.
Syed Ismail said the bloggers were being investigated for sedition and defamation. He confirmed two police reports were also lodged against Utusan Malaysia for allegedly publishing an inflammatory article.
Meanwhile, Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Ismail Omar urged political party supporters to accept the 13th General Election results and be more careful before sharing any postings made on social media.
In a separate press conference at Bukit Aman yesterday, he said many postings on social media networks were written and shared to ignite hatred, racial tension and sedition by irresponsible individuals.
“What they are trying to do is disrupt the peace in this country. Often, the information shared on Facebook, Twitter, blogs and text messages were nothing but rumours, hearsay or simply untrue.
“This was done just to incite anger among the public.
“Please don’t create trouble as people have made their decision in choosing the government. Let’s allow the government to prove themselves through their work.
“Plus, the election was done in a democratic way. Don’t compromise the peace of this country.”
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