Wednesday September 12, 2012
Fadillah: Do not be intimidated by hate postings
By NIGEL EDGAR
KUCHING: Sarawakians have been advised against being intimidated by postings of criticisms and hatred against them or their state by bloggers and Facebook pages.
Science, Technology and Innovation Deputy Minister Datuk Fadillah Yusof told The Star that instead of getting angry at the posts, Sarawakians should focus on efforts to maintain unity and peace with each other despite their different backgrounds.
“We Sarawakians should not react to the sentiment of ill-feeling against us to weaken our unity. Instead we should focus on unifying ourselves so that we could continue to move forward,” he said.
Fadillah said Malaysians, particularly Sarawakians who are from diverse racial and religious backgrounds, had never had any issue with unity all this while.
“We have been strong and united because we have been unified. There are other countries which achieved independence about the same time as us but are still going through unrests now. So we must cherish and maintain our unity,” he said.
Meanwhile, sources indicated that the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC) has taken action against some of the intimidating and hate Sarawak social network pages and is investigating several more.
The hate postings had been widely circulated among Facebook users in the state which had caused minor uproar among Sarawakian Facebook users.
The Sarawak Contingent Police Department would also investigate the Facebook pages under Section 233 of the Communications and Multimedia Act.