KUALA LUMPUR: The Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC) will assist the authorities in the probe into the leaked e-mails on PetroSaudi and 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB).
“We will not only work together with the police and the Thai authorities but against those who spread false information,” Communications and Multimedia Minister Datuk Seri Ahmad Shabery Cheek (pic) told newsmen at the Parliament lobby on Thursday.
“If there are elements of sabotage to the economy then action should be taken against those responsible,” he added.
He said this was necessary as there were irresponsible media, particularly social media and blogs, whose publications gave rise to anger and suspicions against the Government.
He said information gleaned from the internet must be verified and not taken as the truth, and as a result, “the Government was tried by the media, particularly on social media”.
Ahmad was asked to comment on the arrest of suspected former PetroSaudi IT executive Xavier Justo, in Thailand on Monday.
Justo allegedly relayed incorrect information to The Sarawak Report where the emails and documents published by the blog showed signs of tampering after being stolen from PetroSaudiâ€™s databases.
On Wednesday, Home Minister Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi said the daily, The Edge, and its owner Tong Kooi Ong must be held responsible for publishing inaccurate reports and false information.
He had said the Sarawak Report blog had become a source of false information and this information was later reported by The Edge and other media.