Cops to probe news por­tal

> Task force to con­duct in­ves­ti­ga­tion into for­eign fund­ing: IGP

The Sun (Malaysia) - - NEWS WITHOUT BORDERS - BY ADRIAN PHUNG AND ASHWIN KU­MAR

PETALING JAYA: Po­lice have set up a task force to in­ves­ti­gate claims that a lo­cal news por­tal is be­ing funded by a for­eign party.

In­spec­tor-Gen­eral of Po­lice (IGP) Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar (pix) said Fed­eral Crime In­ves­ti­ga­tion deputy di­rec­tor (in­tel­li­gence and op­er­a­tions) DCP Datuk Zain­ud­din Ah­mad is head­ing the task force.

“The task force com­prises five po­lice­men and is in­ves­ti­gat­ing re­ports on the in­ter­net and from com­plainants.

“Once the probe is com­pleted, we will start call­ing in­di­vid­u­als who have been iden­ti­fied to give state­ments,” Khalid told re­porters after at­tend­ing a lec­ture ti­tled “Strate­gis­ing Mea­sures to Com­bat Se­ri­ous Crimes” or­gan­ised by the Malaysian Crime Pre­ven­tion Foun­da­tion and the Re­tired Se­nior Po­lice Of­fi­cers As­so­ci­a­tion.

Khalid said po­lice have also iden­ti­fied sev­eral peo­ple who are to be ques­tioned.

It was re­ported that bil­lion­aire Ge­orge Soros’ Open So­ci­ety Foun­da­tion had been fund­ing the news por­tal and sev­eral lo­cal or­gan­i­sa­tions in its pro­grammes to al­legedly in­flu­ence the out­come of the next gen­eral elec­tion.

Mean­while, the Malaysian Com­mu­ni­ca­tions and Mul­ti­me­dia Com­mis­sion (MCMC) is in­ves­ti­gat­ing com­plaints on the al­leged for­eign funds chan­nelled to cer­tain or­gan­i­sa­tions in Malaysia.

Com­mu­ni­ca­tions and Mul­ti­me­dia Min­is­ter Datuk Seri Salleh Said Keruak said MCMC has re­ceived sev­eral com­plaints on the mat­ter and ap­pro­pri­ate ac­tion would be taken once in­ves­ti­ga­tions are com­pleted.

“Laws in our coun­try are very clear, you can­not take ac­tion with­out any proper in­ves­ti­ga­tion. There are pro­ce­dures to be fol­lowed.

“We will in­ves­ti­gate first and ap­pro­pri­ate ac­tion will be taken against any in­di­vid­ual or or­gan­i­sa­tion that vi­o­lates the law,” he told re­porters at the soft launch of KL In­ter­na­tional Youth Dis­course 2016 yes­ter­day.

Salleh con­firmed one of the or­gan­i­sa­tion be­ing in­ves­ti­gated is a news por­tal, adding that the min­istry will pass all the in­ves­ti­ga­tion find­ings to the at­tor­ney-gen­eral.

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