Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi speaks during the National Social Council Townhall in Putrajaya International Convention Centre in Putrajaya. Pic by MOHD FADLI HAMZAH

PUTRAJAYA: Communications and Multimedia Minister Datuk Seri Dr Salleh Said Keruak has been named to chair a Cabinet Committee on Cyber Crime.

Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi announced this at the National Social Council Townhall.

"I will bring this (Salleh's appointment) up in the upcoming Cabinet meeting this Friday," he said in response to an idea raised in the townhall to have a dedicated committee tasked to address the growing concerns about digital social problems.

Zahid said social problems triggered by digital technology should not be taken lightly.

He said digital addiction had become a worrying trend and signs of addiction included experiencing disappointment and anger when could not surf the Internet.

"All of us have at least one gadget each and we just cannot leave home without them."


Communications and Multimedia Minister Datuk Seri Dr Salleh Said Keruak will chair the Cabinet Committee on Cyber Crime. File pic by AIZUDDIN SAAD.

Zahid, who is also the Home Minister, said, there were many cases of cyber crime reported for the past years including phishing of which 125 cases reported in 2014; 651 cases in 2015 and 189 cases reported until March 2016.

For hacking, there were 124 cases recorded in 2014; 172 cases (2015) and 47 cases (until March 2016).

Zahid also said the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission had received 2,391 complaints on internet contents between January and April this year.

He pointed out offensive contents had the highest number of complaints at 634 followed by fake content (399), illicit content (320) and slanderous content (306).

"For me and my peers, we usually become victims of slanderous contents."

Zahid also said he would modernise policing capabilities in Malaysia using technology in the fight against crimes including having more high definition closed circuit televisions to improve tracking capability.

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