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Gov is looking for "tweaking" CMA after the deaths of teenagers associated with social media



The government is considering existing provisions, including the Criminal Code, to find better ways to combat internet abuse, said Gobind Sing Deo today.

After the recent suicide of teenagers who abused the Internet in Sarawak, the Minister of Multimedia and Communications told reporters today that the government wants to see if the legal measures that they now have enough.

"As I said yesterday, we will look at existing laws, whether there is a need for amendments.

"We have provisions under the Criminal Code, but whether they are sufficient and effective, all that is what we take into account," he said after dividing bubur lambuk (a cash dispenser) to Telekom Malaysia staff at an event in Bangsar earlier today.

Gobind responded to a journalist's request to detail his comment last night in which he noted that the government is seeking amendments to the Law on Communications and Multimedia (CMA) in 1998.

It was announced that the 16-year-old from Padawan was found dead last Monday, he believed it was due to a fall from several floors, hours after he published an online social media survey asking for a choice between life and death.

At least 69% of respondents chose "D" for death, while only 31% chose "L" or life.

"I feel we have to be very, very careful when it comes to these things. I think it is a serious matter in which social media is used in a way that can endanger the lives of certain people.

"By saying this, I think at the same time, we also want to look at how the HAK Law might be corrected to solve such problems," the minister said last night, Malai Mail.

At today's press conference, Gobind said that the plan to introduce a new act specifically addressing Internet violence is still ongoing, and talks between various ministries and the police are now underway.

Asked about the suicide and whether his ministry received any request from the police to find those who voted in the girl's online survey, the minister said that he can not reveal this information for the time being.

"I know that there is a debate, but I can not uncover the details, but we look at it because it is something very serious and attracted the attention of many, and I got many messages and tweets to look at it.

The fallen police classified the case as a sudden death.

The case was challenged by lawmaker Bukit Gelugor Ramkarpal Singh (up) to the question of the role netizens who participated in the survey to death.

He said that this issue should not be treated as an isolated case and called for a thorough investigation.

In a letter, the head of the national legal bureau of DAP added that incitement to suicide could be considered a violation in Malaysia.

"Although it's too early to find out exactly what happened, it's possible that the girl suffered from depression and as a result she thought about suicide," he said.

"Would you listen to the advice of Internet users to seek professional help for doing this?

"Did the encouragement of these netizens really affect her decision to take her life away?" He said.

In the meantime, the MCMC reportedly said last night that those who supported the teenager's actions in the survey could face up to 20 years in prison and a fine.

According to Free Serbia Todai, The MCMC cited section 305 of the Criminal Code relating to those who incite the suicide of those under the age of 18, as well as those who are considered insane and under the influence of alcohol.

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