More pro-Islamic State websites blocked

SKMMSUNGEI PETANI: The government has been stepping up its efforts to block websites that are involved in the propagation of Islamic State (IS) ideology.

Deputy Minister of Communications and Multimedia Jailani Jailani said the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC) had blocked 36 websites that promoted IS ideology in Malay, English and Bahasa Indonesia

He said 72 URL links and 12 social media accounts were removed for promoting IS related ideology.

Johari told this to reporters after opening the Current Issue Forum: Threat by Islamic State at Dewan Majlis Perbandaran Sungai Petani, here yesterday

“We are aware that the Islamic State group are experts in using new social media to propagate their IS ideology. They gain support and assistance or recruit new members by twisting facts from the Quran.

“It is therefore a major challenge for the authorities to control the activities of these extremist groups who use various applications on social media like You Tube, Whatsapp, Twitter and Facebook,” he said.

This sees an increase of 25 websites and 50 URL links from the numbers given by Communications and Multimedia Minister Salleh Said Keruak on July 14.

At the time, Salleh had said there were 11 websites and 22 URL links that the MCMC had taken action against.

“It is hoped that continuous monitoring and action by MCMC and other agencies will contain the spread of IS ideology by the terrorist organisation through social media,” Salleh was quoted as saying.

Salleh said the cooperation of all parties was important and the government wished to seek help from the public to inform MCMC if they have information on this matter.

“Considering that IS is very active in creating new websites and social media accounts, we appeal to the public to report to MCMC if they have any information regarding this matter.”