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
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.”