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Subject: Not ‘proboked’ by a vulgar slur




Apa khabar? The gates of hell just opened this month and ghosts are practically partying in our realm. Some of us might not see the difference in Malaysia as hell broke loose long ago.
Niresh Kaur, Shambavi Shankar

What’s the tea in Malaysia?

Source: Tenor
Criminal breach of trust, ghosted
The High Court has granted the former intelligence chief, Hasanah Ab Hamid, a full acquittal for criminal breach of trust (CBT). 
Source: Make a meme
Hasanah was accused of misappropriating RM50 million in government funds. In April last year, she was granted a discharge not amounting to an acquittal (DNAA) which means that she can be charged again for the same charge. 

There was a delay in investigating her case due to the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) internal investigation over missing case items in relation to Hasanah’s case. 

Hasanah’s lawyer, Datuk Suhaimi Ibrahim, then made an application to the court for a discharge amounting to acquittal which the court granted. The Justice Commissioner, Roz Mawar, in her judgement stated that “It is not fair to have it (the trial) hung over her head for over a year now”.   

What does a full acquittal mean? This means that the prosecution cannot charge Hasanah for CBT again. 

Fly now, Hasanah. 
Troll farm – no not a place where we harvest trolls 
Source: Tenor
In a perfect world, we are allowed to have choices (pro-government, anti-government, pro-ghost, anti-ghost, you get the point).
What’s not healthy is planting trolls all over the internet to change the narrative. What’s worse is that this narrative is being spread by the cops themselves. Meta recently reported that the Malaysian Royal Police were involved in the troll farms in Malaysia, but we know that already (because you follow our social pages 😉).

Do we have a precedent?  Yes – during the 2016 presidential campaign of Rodrigo Duterte in the Philippines. An Oxford University study found that $200,000 was spent targeting Duterte’s opposition to spread propaganda against them. They did this by using social media to post pro-government comments while harassing other users who spoke against the government. Words are sharper than weapons indeed.

This is a serious allegation against the police and we can only hope that this can be addressed as soon as possible. Can’t keep stressing that the IPCMC Bill is needed can we?
Trigger warning: Suicide
This week, Sashikala Nadarajah, mother of three, was believed to have committed suicide due to being a victim of cyberbullying. 

In May 2020, a 20-year-old girl, Thivyaanayagi Rajendran, left behind a note stating that the reason she took this decision (to end her life) is due to cyberbullying by a user on Facebook named Joker Oruvan (who had more than 70,000 followers at that time).  

In May 2019, a 16-year-old girl from Sarawak took her life upon seeing the results of her Instagram poll asking users if she should end her life. 69% of her followers wanted her dead. 
digi and celcom merger meme
Source: i sight
Take note that each case should be assessed differently. If this keeps going, trigger warnings may be a daily thing now.
Malaysia currently does not have an Act against cyberbullying. The closest we have is Section 233 of the Communications and Multimedia Act which makes it a crime to engage without disclosing his identity with the ‘intent to annoy, abuse, threaten or harass any person.’

It’s always the cowards behind fake profiles, isn’t it?

Let’s look at our neighbour – Singapore has a Protection from Harassment Act 2014 designed to make cyberbullying a criminal act.

Malaysia too should take cyberbullying offences seriously. We cannot have these keyboard warriors not taking accountability for their acts.  
The ghost in your office will have more time for itself (what’s the pronoun for ghost again?)
Take note, everyone:
Take our data seriously, please
Not long after Tan Sri Annuar Musa stated that there will be amendments made to Act 709 of the Personal Data Protection Act (PDPA) 2010 to strengthen the law, IPAY88 confirms a possible cyber security breach affecting users’ card data. However, they have assured that they have taken various additional measures to ensure the security of data. 

BNM has stated that investigations are currently ongoing and appropriate actions will be considered upon wrapping up the investigation. 
That said, your emails are safe with us. 

Legal Lingo of the Week – Subpoena

A subpoena in Latin means ‘under penalty. It’s an order from the court for a person to appear in court (to testify) or produce documents or both.
Source: Giphy

Question of the Week

What do you do if you are served with a subpoena?
*Hint: It’s definitely not playing dead.
Last Week’s Question: 
You do not want to have it,
but when you do have it,
you do not want to lose it.
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