The Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC) has warned Malaysians against spreading false information about 1MBD. The MCMC issued a statement through its Facebook page, warning internet users that sharing and spread misinformation about the embattled company may be a violation of Section 211 and 233 of the Communications and Multimedia Act 1998.
Social media users should already be aware of the numerous memes that have been spreading around the internet. These include a series of continuing posts that alter movie names to fit the current 1MBD saga, as well as accompanying it with photoshopped movie posters.
The MCMC’s Facebook post advises the public that sharing the images, misleading information, or speculation about the 1MDB investigation through any means could be in breach of the law, and may result in a fine up not more than RM50,000 or one year imprisonment.
The post also points out that social media sharing includes instant messaging services like WhatsApp; which is interesting in that the messages are encrypted and third parties will be unable to see what is being shared. However, in the light of current events, it would perhaps be better to err on the side of caution.
It should be noted that the MCMC is not actually banning anything. Rather it is issuing a reminder to the public that their actions may be breaking laws, and that they should be more careful with the kind of information that is shared on social media.
(Source: MCMC (Facebook))