PETALING JAYA: Penang’s executive councillor for tourism Danny Law today lodged a police report on a message that has been spread to promote a non-existent vulgar event at the Batu Ferringhi tourism belt on the island.
George Town police chief ACP Anuar Omar said Law made the report after he was handed a piece of paper by someone he did not know at the Jelutong market this morning.
“When he returned home and looked at the paper he found that it was about a ‘National Masturbation Month’ that had been uploaded by a ‘Noem Hj Abdullah’ on Facebook on May 26,” Anuar said in a statement.
The person who used the account name had made critical comments on the supposed event, saying it defiled the holy month of Ramadan.
Anuar said Law made the report to deny the Penang government’s involvement in any such activity.
The case is being investigated under Section 233 of the Communications and Multimedia Act for improper use of network facilities or network service.
A person convicted under the section faces a maximum fine of RM50,000 or imprisonment up to a year, or both. The person is also liable to a further fine of RM1,000 for every day during which the offence is continued after conviction.
It covers any communication of an “obscene, indecent, false, menacing or offensive” character intended to annoy, abuse, threaten or harass another person.
It was reported yesterday that a hotel in Batu Ferringhi had denied that it was organising any such event and had lodged a police report to trace the culprits behind the flyer publicising the event.
The flyer, bearing the wording “Penang Tourism” and the logo of a beer brand, invited people to the hotel’s beachfront restaurant from 10pm to 3am on Saturday for a “semen for beer” party where each participant will receive two bottles of beer for two “cums”.