‘MCMC only regulates, does not spy on WhatsApp users’

Salleh-KeruakKUCHING: The Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC) is only a regulatory body and does not monitor or spy on what WhatsApp users say, says Communications and Multimedia Minister Salleh Said Keruak.

Recent posts alleging that the commission was monitoring content in the app was “absolutely false news”, he said to reporters today after officiating at the Asean International Film Festival and Awards 2017 Biz World.

Salleh said the ministry had only been advising the people against abusing the social media platform as they were bound by the country’s laws and regulations.

“MCMC is only a regulatory body. Some other authorities will take the necessary action if people are found to post allegations and wild rumours on social media,” he said.

He added meanwhile that Sarawak’s plans to set up its own multimedia and communications authority – the Sarawak Multimedia and Communications Authority or SMCA – was “a very positive development”.

“With such a dedicated authority, Sarawak can speed up the process of upgrading its ICT system.

“We, at the federal level, are ready to give our fullest cooperation. We may set up a committee between the state and us to help implement smoothly what we have planned for the state.”

Salleh said there were allocations for the construction of communications towers to further boost broadband speed and penetration.

“We are, in fact, meeting the Chief Minister Abang Johari Openg this afternoon to hold further discussions on this,” he said.