MCMC says such films, which could be accessed and watched via websites, would influence the minds of the youngsters and result in cyber-bullying cases among the Malaysians to increase from year to year

KEPALA BATAS: The Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC) expects to see a rise in cyber-bullying cases should films with elements of violence which are available online are not blocked, said its Network Security, New Media Monitoring, Compliance and Advocacy Sector chief officer Dr Mazlan Ismail.

He said such films, which could be accessed and watched via websites, would influence the minds of the youngsters and result in cyber-bullying cases among the Malaysians to increase from year to year.

“We do not have the authority to block all the websites but (we) urge the Malaysians to be aware of their responsibilities in curbing the worsening crime,” he said after attending the ‘Jelajah Ramadan Klik Dengan Bijak (click wisely)’ breaking-of-fast event with Pusat Jagaan Kasih Abadi orphans and Rumah Warga Emas Darul Hanan residents.

Mazlan was commenting on the statement by Malaysian Crime Prevention Foundation (MCPF) senior vice-chairman Lee Lam Thye today that based on the Stop Cyberbullying 2017 research under the Digi CyberSAFE programme, at least one out of two youths admitted to have experienced cyber-bullying.

Mazlan also said efforts to curb violence by the Film Censorship Board (LPF) in filtering violent scenes were deemed unsuccessful due to the existence of such websites which did not mention the age limit for the viewers.

The MCMC had also launched various efforts to educate and raise awareness among the members of the public, particularly the youngsters, on internet security, he added.

— Bernama

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