Sunday, July 21, 2013

Matters related to religions were not open to ridicule, says Communication and Multimedia Minister Ahmad Shabery Cheek

Social media is one of the most popular in the cyber world today. It’s a new space that gives us unlimited instant opportunity for fun, information, connection and entertainment. 

Unfortunately, some misuse it to hate on others, terrorizing, offending and cyber bullying. There are many users posting inappropriate videos of others and posting derogatory photos.

In the dynamically changing environment, the bottom line on social media that the users are responsible for is the content that chooses to submit for sharing. The users should take personal responsibility for not insulting or mocking religion on social websites.

They should also take responsible for not contain anything that is likely to cause serious or widespread offence. Material that is likely to condone or encourage violence or anti-social behavior is also prohibited. Anything claimed deemed to be distasteful should not necessarily be held in breach of the responsible use of social media.
It’s a well-known fact that the authorities and the tech doctors can easily identified the offensive terrible remark, photos or video that were posted and who will be responsible for the wrong doing.

It’s reported that the Communication and Multimedia Ministry will not compromise with those who insult or mock religion on social websites.

The minister, Datuk Seri Ahmad Shabery Cheek, said stern action would be taken against perpetrators, if it was proven that social websites were used to touch on religious sensitivities, resulting in anger and unrest among believers.

He said, the arrest of controversial couple Alvin Tan and Vivian Lee was a reminder that matters related to religions were not open to ridicule.

 "This is a warning to all parties not to mock matters pertaining to religion. It is not only non-Muslims who cannot touch on the feelings of Muslims but Muslims should also be careful not to touch on the feelings of others," he said. 

Alvin Tan, 25, and Vivian Lee, 24, have been charged and imprisoned without bail by the Sessions Court on three counts of provoking Muslims during Ramadan and displaying pornographic pictures on the website. 

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