The Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC) is currently working on tracking down the administrator of the "Jocker Oruvan" Facebook page, whose cyberbullying allegedly drove a 20-year-old woman in Penang to commit suicide.
In a statement to Astro Ulagam, the commission confirmed having received a report from an NGO (Malaysian Tamilar Kural) on the matter.
"MCMC is currently working closely with the Royal Malaysian Police (PDRM), and Facebook, to identify the details regarding the said Facebook page (which has since been deactivated).
"From 2019 until April 2020, MCMC has received a total of 3,307 public complaints regarding disturbance and harassment, including bullying, sexual harassment, threats, as well as the use of personal photographs and information to shame people," said the commission.
According to the commission further, it will investigate and act on every complaint lodged, and those found to have used the internet or the social media to deliberately hurt someone else, can be jailed a maximum of one year, fined up to RM50,000, or both, upon conviction.
"Besides Section 233 of the Communications and Multimedia Act 1998 (AKM 1998), other relevant laws, such as the Penal Code, may also be used against the culprits, according to the facts of the case under investigation.
"The MCMC is more than willing to work with other enforcement agencies, as required," said the commision, adding that it also often holds awareness campaigns against cyberbullying and fake news, nationwide.
Those who come across offensive content on the internet, which borders on cyberbullying, can report the matter to the MCMC through the https://aduan.skmm.gov.my/ portal, or by e-mailing to [email protected], noted the commission.
"Reports lodged by the affected victims carry extra weight as it will help the MCMC understand the context of the targeted victim.
"Those who are bullied to the verge of having suicidal thoughts are also urged to seek counselling help by emailing support groups like The Befrienders by e-mailing them at [email protected], or calling their round-the-clock hotline at 03-7627 2929."
The latest fatal cyberbullying case happened in Bukit Mertajam, Penang, where a 20-year-old woman hung herself, unable to bear trolling and derogatory remarks on the "Jocker Oruvan" Facebook page, which had shared her Tik-Tok video taken with her colleague, believed to be a Nepali.
The Facebook page, which had accused her of having a relationshop with the foreigner, was deactivated after the woman's death became public.
It was reported that the page administrator had also ignored pleas from the victim's family to take down the post, after her death.
A suicide note, allegedly written by the victim prior to hanging herself, is now being circulated on social media.
In it, the woman explicitly names "Jocker Oruvan" as the driving force behind her suicide, and profusely apologizes to her family and friends for her decision.
Fri May 22 2020
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