The Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission has declared its readiness to identify individuals who sell firecrackers online. Deputy Minister of Communications and Multimedia Datuk Jailani Johari said that the MCMC is awaiting instructions from the police on the matter and is prepared to take action.
“MCMC has not received any directive from the police to shut down any website selling fire crackers. It will always give technical aid, for example, to identify culprits selling firecrackers and advertising them on websites.
“We will act as soon as we get the information. The sale of the banned items is under the jurisdiction of the police. Consumers should be careful. If they find it on the Internet, they should report it,” he told reporters.
Jailani also warned the public against buying firecrackers online because they may not explode properly and cause harm to the user. Various sites have been identified selling fireworks using WhatsApp and Instagram. Potential buyers are asked to contact the seller after making their selections.
Firecrackers are currently illegal in Malaysia, although one would have a difficult time believing it during times of celebration. Illegal firecrackers are extremely popular and relatively easy to obtain; especially during the Aidilfitri celebrations.
[Source: The Malay Mail Online]