Sisters in Islam (SIS) stands in solidarity with Nini Siron, the woman who took photos resembling Kedah Menteri Besar, Muhammad Sanusi Md Noor and his two aides in what appeared to be a test drive in Penang and urges the public to stop the harassment towards her.
Nini, a housewife, has been under attack by many, including supporters of the menteri besar, ranging from religious teachers to those with political links. The attacks on Nini range from the circulation of personal details of her family, including the circulation of her husband’s, her son’s and her sister’s photos. She also received hate messages and threats on her Facebook personal account and her husband’s business page, forcing her husband to deactivate the business page after his mobile number and pictures of his customers were circulated.
In this time of the pandemic, everyone, without exception, must all take part to help curb the spread of the coronavirus by adhering to the standard operating procedures.
Senior Minister (Security) Ismail Sabri Yaakob said in his press conference last year that the public can play their role by reporting and alerting the authorities of anyone breaking the Covid rules.
Nini, being a responsible Malaysian, did just that by lodging a police report on the incident the same day, with a video recording she took from her mobile phone as evidence. She then received many threats and attacks from the public, especially from supporters of the menteri besar.
While Malaysia has yet to make cyber-bullying and cyber harassment a crime, threats on social media are a crime under the Communications and Multimedia Act 1998, which carries a fine of not more than RM50,000 or imprisonment not exceeding one year or both.
Threats and harassments made by the public on social media or directly are truly appalling, and this must be taken seriously by the authorities. Nini’s courage in reporting the incident to the authorities is truly commendable and we applaud and stand in solidarity with Nini.
Hence, we urge the public to stop the harassment, to not spread hate and to remain calm towards Nini and her family. We also call for a specific law to make cyber-bullying a crime to curb cyber-bullying. – SIS