The Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC) has ordered news portal Malaysia Today to remove three articles concerning Malaysian Chinese business magnate and investor Tan Sri Robert Kuok, after receiving complaints about the articles.
According to multiple media reports, the three articles were found to have violated Section 233 of the Multimedia and Communication Act 1998. Section 233 states that a person who creates and initiates the transmission of any comment, request or other communication which is obscene, false or offensive in character, with the intent to abuse or harass another person commits an offence.
The section also states that an offence is also committed if the person initiates communication using any applications service with or without disclosing his identity and with intent to abuse or harass. As such, the person is liable to either a maximum fine of RM50,000 or maximum imprisonment term of up to a year, or both.
The articles in question were “Robert Kuok Wants Chinese Rule In Malaysia”, “Malaysian Insight Funder Fingered” and “Robert Kuok’s Last Chance At Changing The Government”. Malaysia Today was also reminded by the MCMC that it had to ensure news published on its website did not violate any of Malaysia’s laws.
This is not the first time in recent months that MCMC has requested for the removal of articles. Last month, it informed two online news portals, one of them being Malaysia Today, to remove a total of eight articles which allegedly broke the law, and was reported to the authorities by members of the public.