Malaysia government might amend laws regarding internet usage to handle problems like cyber bullying, confirms the Communications and Multimedia Minister Gobind Singh Deo.
This statement came after the post of the suicide of a teenager came into light. According to the police, a 16-year-old girl from Sarawak district of the country had put up a poll on Instagram. In that poll, the girl wanted to know whether she should choose life or death. According to the sources, about 69% of the responders of that post chose death. After which the girl jumped off the roof of a building.
Mr Govind has already asked the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC) to help the police officers in every possible way. He stated that people should be very careful when they are dealing with matters like this. This incident has pointed out a serious issue and the Malaysians should not overlook that. Social media should not endanger the lives of anyone, he stated.
Mr Govind said that perhaps tweaking the communication and Multimedia act could solve problems like this. He said that the government will definitely think of changing the laws to help people save lives.
In the meantime, the MCMC has asked the public to be more attentive to this type of posts. They have asked people to report to police and inform the family members of the person to stop them from doing something arbitrary.
Another lawmaker of the country, Mr Ramkripal Singh, has said that those who have voted for death should be punished. In the Malaysian law, abetting the suicide of a minor can result in a death sentence or 20 years imprisonment.
Malaysian Youth and Sports Minister Syed Saddiq Syed Abdul Rahman also said that the guilty should be punished. He pointed out that the rising mental health issues and suicides of the younger people should not be taken lightly.