Friday, 5 September 2008

WILL THIS BE SEDITIOUS TOO

Stop believing SMS rumours, Malaysians told

PETALING JAYA: Malaysians should be less gullible and not simply believe rumours spread via SMSes, said Home Minister Datuk Seri Syed Hamid Albar.

He was responding to two rumours making the rounds Friday that Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Musa Hassan was in a coma, and that a press conference would be called at 3pm to announce the defection of Barisan Nasional component parties to Pakatan Rakyat.
He said action could be taken against those who started and spread rumours that were seditious and incited the public.(well, will this be under seditious act and the rumour starter will be called to the police station and later court)
“The IGP is very healthy. It is a very mischievous rumour.
We need to find out who did it. I think action can be taken against those spreading the rumour on the head of the police force,” he said.(Datuk Seri, would this also mean you're going to get the Home Minister ban smsing?)

Syed Hamid said he would also check if PKR's weekly newspaper Suara Keadilan had breached publication laws by publishing an article speculating on Musa's health entitled Musa Hassan lumpuh? (Musa Hassan paralysed?). (Now, why on earth is he making such statement?. So, the reporter and the newspaper editor wanted to do silly scoop (at least to get the newspaper selling) Does that mean that these people are going to be called to explain themselves? What is the basis of his statement?)

On the rumours of Barisan parties joining PR, he said it was a move to undermine the unity of the ruling coalition and had resulted in some instability within the country.
“I've heard this rumour for so long. It's spread inside the country and outside. Don't believe anything,” he said.(Datuk, if you've heard it for so long already, why didn't you nail down the rumours starter and letting it floating in the air freely. Is it that you cannot comment further and know nothing on it at all until being asked by the reporter?)

The rumour of the crossover Friday was very strong but it fizzled out after The Star sent out an SMS and posted an online report quoting leaders of Gerakan, PPP, Sabah Progressive Party, Liberal Democratic Party, Parti Bersatu Sabah and UPKO as denying that they had held press conferences to announce they had quit Barisan.
Energy, Water and Telecommunications Deputy Minister Datuk Joseph Salang said the authorities would trace the source of the rumours.
“All phones are registered now so we should be able to do so. The Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (SKMM) can take action against the person who originated the SMS,” he said.
“The police can also take action as the originator of the SMS has an obvious malicious intent.” (There you go.....in Malaysia you cant say something 'hurtful' such as that to avoid you being called to the police station under the Seditious Act for writing or sending slanderous messages to the mass )

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