Monthly Archives: August 2022

Screen recruits for informants programme, ex-IGP tells Putrajaya

I was asked by FreeMalaysiaToday to comment on the Government programme called “Kita Demi Negara”, a national security programme which will recruit thousands of people to act as the home ministry’s “eyes and ears” on the ground. I said-

Lawyer Foong Cheng Leong said false or incorrect reports would not only waste government resources but also negatively affect innocent citizens.

“Obviously, there will be repercussions for submitting false or misleading information, but the effects on the victim of such abuse may be greater.”

He said the ministry must establish a detailed code of conduct for members to abide by.

PM’s Telegram account hacked

I was asked by FreeMalaysiaToday to comment about the effect of the hacking of the Prime Minister’s Telegram account. I said-

Commenting on the matter, lawyer Foong Cheng Leong said the biggest concern in such incidents was the spread of misinformation and the scale of damage it causes.

“If someone uses the account to spread fake news, people could screenshot it and make it go viral. That’s the main danger,” he told FMT.

However, he said it was unlikely that the government would use such platforms when disseminating confidential information.

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