Mind your pos­tosts

From be­ing fired from their jobs to be­ing ha­rassed or even ar­rested, so­cial me­dia can be a very unso­cial place – as some Malaysians find out after post­ing on­line com­ments with­out think­ing. Ex­perts think it is now time for good on­line be­hav­iour to be taugh

The Star Malaysia - - Front Page - by MEI MEI CHU, SAND­HYA MENON, LEE CHONG HUI and FARIK ZOLKEPLI

PE­TAL­ING JAYA: Malaysians should be care­ful about what they post on the In­ter­net, es­pe­cially so­cial me­dia, says Bukit Aman Crime Pre­ven­tion and Com­mu­nity Safety Depart­ment di­rec­tor Comm Datuk Seri Rosli Ab Rahman.

He said if peo­ple were more care­ful about their post­ings, re­sources could be bet­ter spent on fight­ing crime and pre­ven­tion ef­forts.

“In­ap­pro­pri­ate com­ments, es­pe­cially lewd and hurt­ful com­ments, should not be posted.

“So­cial me­dia is meant to be used by ev­ery­body but it must be used wisely,” he said.

Malaysians, said Comm Rosli, should re­frain from mak­ing any state­ment that could be viewed as provoca­tive.

“The pub­lic have the right to voice their opin­ions but not to the ex­tent of post­ing dis­parag­ing re­marks.

“Cer­tain provoca­tive post­ings can in­cite anger as well as dis­rupt se­cu­rity and pub­lic or­der,” he said.

Po­lice, he said, had to in­ves­ti­gate should of­fences such as those that came un­der the Sedi­tion Act were com­mit­ted on­line and re­ports were lodged.

“We will in­ves­ti­gate the mat­ter. How­ever, if ev­ery­one were to use so­cial me­dia re­spon­si­bly, then po­lice re­sources could be used for crime bust­ing and crime pre­ven­tion ef­forts,” he said.

Comm Rosli called on the pub­lic to re­spect each other, re­gard­less of their back­grounds.

“So­cial me­dia is a con­ve­nient tool for ev­ery­one. It does not ben­e­fit any­one if cer­tain peo­ple abuse it,” he said.

“Pre­ven­tion is cer­tainly al­ways bet­ter than cure. So, be care­ful be­fore post­ing any­thing on­line.”

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