KUALA LUMPUR, Feb 13 (Bernama) — Inspector-General of Police (IGP) Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar has described as “most inappropriate”, an accusation that the Royal Malaysian Police (PDRM) used social media such as Twitter to crack down on dissent.
The same applied to a charge that the medium was used by the PDRM as an extension of the arms of archaic and draconian law, he said.
“That was most uncalled for,” he said in a statement here Friday, referring to several criticisms over his manner of handling police investigations in matters pertaining to seditious and intimidating posting on Twitter.
Khalid said it was appaling that critics should lambast the manner in which the Malaysian police kept the public informed of police action via Twitter, with regard to matters which raised public concern.
“It is not legally wrong. However, it is so, when some quarters use the platform to influence or instigate a third party’s opinions or actions that adversely affect national security and interest,” he reasoned.
In a multiracial Malaysia, Khalid reminded that restraint and caution must be observed by all parties to prevent the rise of racial and religious sentiments which could tear the country apart.
“Such is also true with seditious and intimidating comments which could disrupt social harmony and create unrest amongst the people,” he said.
The IGP also reminded that though freedom of speech was a political right to communicate one’s opinion, it came with common limitations which were universally observed by governments worldwide, including hate speech and slander.