MCMC raids suspect’s home after FB allegations against royals, leaders

KUALA LUMPUR: The Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC) yesterday raided the house of a suspect believed to have made false allegations against the country’s royals and leaders on Facebook as well as a blog in Bemban, Melaka.

MCMC enforcement and investigation division chief Mohd Shafie Harun said the raid, in collaboration with the Commercial Crime Investigation Department (CCID), Melaka contingent police headquarters, was made after police received complaints from the public.

“Initial investigations found that the suspect who used a Facebook account and a blog under the name ‘Abu Leman’ was the administrator for both accounts.

“In the raid, several pieces of equipment including a laptop, a modem, a smartphone, a SIM card, and a memory card were confiscated to help in investigations. The suspect’s statement has also been recorded,” he said in a statement.

Shafie said the case is being investigated under Section 223(1)(a) of the Communications and Multimedia Act 1998, which carries a fine of up to RM50,000, up to a year in prison, or both upon conviction.

“The commission will not compromise on the dissemination of fake news, and stern action will be taken against those involved,” he added.