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Wednesday, March 9, 2016

MCMC records 20 million Internet users blocks 52 websites in country,

KUALA LUMPUR - The Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC) has recorded about 20 million Internet users in the country, the Dewan Rakyat was told today.

Deputy Minister of Communications and Multimedia Datuk Jailani Johari said Facebook has over 41 per cent users making it the most effective platform to promote products to targeted markets.

“Online buying and selling also increased where MDEC, one of the agencies under the Ministry of Communications and Multimedia, estimates RM40 million in revenue via the E-Rezeki and E-Usahawan programmes,” he said in reply to Datuk Datu Nasrun Datu Mansur (BN-Silam) who asked about online business fraud cases from 2008 to 2013.

Jailani said the MCMC received 1,630 complaints on cyber crimes including online business from 2008 to 2013 and 391 complaints from January 2014 to Februrary 2016.

Since the offences were under the Consumer Protection Act 1999 enforced by the Ministry of Domestic Trade, Cooperatives and Consumerism (KPDNKK), all the complaints were referred to KPDNKK for further action.

MCMC blocks 52 websites since January
KUALA LUMPUR - The Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC) has blocked 52 new media websites and investigated 14 social media abuse cases since the setting up of the Special Committee to Combat Abuse of Social Media in January.

Deputy Communications and Multimedia Minister, Datuk Jailani Johari said the aim of the committee, chaired by Communications and Multimedia Minister Datuk Seri Dr Salleh Said Keruak and comprising the Royal Malaysian Police, MCMC and the Attorney-General's Chambers, was to strengthen the Internet and new media regulatory mechanism.

"The Special Committee was set up to ensure firm action is imposed on those who use the social media to sow hatred against the government institution and to prevent the social media from sparking chaos via the dissemination of lies, hatred and religious extremism," he told the Dewan Rakyat yesterday.

Jailani was answering a question from Datuk Sapawi Ahmad Wasali (BN-Sipitang) who gad asked about the steps taken by the ministry to curb the abuse of the social media, specially the WhatsApp application, to trigger anxiety and worry among the public, especially relating to security.

Overall, he said, as of February 2016, twenty-two cases were investigated by MCMC on the abuse of the Internet and new media, and 399 sites were blocked.

He said the websites which were blocked included those on gambling, cheating and prostitution, those with pornographic content, those put up in bad taste and fake. — Bernama

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