KUALA LUMPUR, March 23, 2015:
Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar today slammed non-governmental organisation (NGO) Gerakan Hapus Akta Hasutan (GHAH) for urging the public to report his Twitter account.
Khalid said the move was questionable, adding that parties concerned should stop worrying about him.
“Why are they so worried about me?” Khalid said, when contacted by The Rakyat Post.
He also took to questioning GHAH’s claim that he had been abusing the social networking site.
“Who has been abusing Twitter? Me or them?” Khalid asked in return.
He added that action would be taken against those who flouted the law and for those who abide by the law, they should have nothing to fear.
Khalid also said that those who had in fact abused the social networking site Twitter are the ones who should be afraid as action would be taken against them.
“Thousands of people use Twitter and I don’t bother them. Only those abusing the site should be afraid,” he said.
On the possibility of his Twitter account @KBAB51 being blocked, Khalid replied that there are many other means to monitor criminal acts taking place on social networking sites.
Earlier, at a press conference held at Pusat Komas here, GHAH claimed that the IGP had been abusing his Twitter account, and called on the public to report the account to Twitter.
Bersih chairman, Maria Chin Abdullah, who was also present at the press conference claimed the IGP saw himself as a referee in monitoring the public’s Twitter updates and is stopping them from expressing their views freely on the site.
“Social media is a place to speak up but the IGP is using Twitter to restrict freedom of speech and detain individuals, particularly politicians and those from NGOs who have many followings on Twitter,” she said.
She added that in order to prevent the misuse of the IGP’s Twitter account, the public is urged to report to Twitter so @KBAB51 can be blocked, the same way Twitter blocks accounts belonging to IS militants.