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JOHOR BARU, Dec 10, 2015:

The Johor state police will not hesitate to take stern action against those that irresponsibly post insults or hurtful and provocative comments on the social media.

This warning is believed to be linked to several recent incidents that are linked to the Johor Royal Palace, as well as those that also insult the police force.

Newly-appointed Johor police chief Datuk Wan Ahmad Najmuddin Mohd said the authorities take a serious view of such malicious and irresponsible acts by the individuals.

“The police will take action under the law as we are also entrusted with keeping public order,” he said today.

It is learnt that police have initiated investigations on the recent incident where there were alleged insults being posted by an individual on the recent death of the Tunku Laksamana Johor, Tunku Abdul Jalil Sultan Ibrahim.

Tunku Abdul Jalil, the fourth child of the state ruler Sultan Ibrahim Sultan Iskandar and the Permaisuri Johor Raja Zarith Sofiah Sultan Idris, passed away on Saturday due to cancer.

Police are also investigating those that promoted the alleged insults through sharing on social media.

At present, Wan Ahmad said police have initiated investigations under Section 500 of the Penal Code, which touches on defamation, and also Section 4(1) of the Sedition Act 1948 on dissemination of hateful or provocative posts on the social media.

The state’s top cop also added that those who disseminate the posts will be investigated under Section 233 (1)(b) of the Communications and Multimedia Act 1998.

Wan Ahmad said that such insults and unwarranted harsh comments were not part of a civil society.

“I advise the public to be more thoughtful and sensitive when disseminating information on social media as to not affect the country’s peace and harmony.”

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