Teen’s death: Gov’t may amend law to tackle cyber-bullying

Teen’s death: Gov’t may amend law to tackle cyber-bullying

PUCHONG: The government may amend the Communications and Multimedia Act (CMA) 1998 to better tackle cyber-bullying and online suicide attempts after a 16-year old killed herself on Monday.

Communications and Multimedia Minister Gobind Singh Deo said he had instructed the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission to work with the police and get the facts on the case as soon as possible.

“I feel we have to be very careful when it comes to matters like this. It’s a serious issue when social media is being used in a manner which can endanger people’s lives.

“I think at the same time we also want to see on how the CMA Act could be tweaked to deal with problems like this,” he said.

Early this week, the victim took her own life by jumping from the top of a shophouse after putting up a poll on her Instagram account on whether she should kill herself or otherwise.

Sarawak police said that the girl had put up the poll with the question, “Really Important, Help Me Choose D/L”, hours before committing suicide.

About 69% of the respondents chose death for her on the Instagram account.

The police have since classified the case as sudden death as they did not detect any criminal element on the matter.