Yesterday (1 September), the Home Minister, Datuk Seri Hamzah Zainudin had once again stressed that individuals who make statements that could incite others to the point of public fear could face action under the Security Offences (Special Measures) Act (SOSMA) 2012.
According to Bernama, he said this enforcement is in line with the Home Ministry’s policy to ensure peace and stability in the country.
“There are all kinds of people issuing statements which could incite others and cause public fear, hence police have to take appropriate action.
“For example, individuals violating the Printing Presses and Publications Act could also face action.” he said at a special media conference held at Kompleks KDN yesterday (1 September).
Meanwhile, he said that if there were individuals who are found inciting others to the point of causing public uneasiness and trying to run away to another country, SOSMA could be used against them.
“Sometimes, some people have taken the wrong ‘medications’ to the point of making various accusations that could influence other individuals who then incite others.”
The remarks were made in response to queries made by the media regarding a 39-year-old woman who claimed that the Third World War will begin in Sabah.
It was reported that the woman, who was using the name “Sittah Annur”, is part of a cult named “Kumpulan Perjalanan Mimpi Yang Terakhir (PMYT)” and they are actively recruiting people to find Imam Mahdi and “fight their enemies”.
The movement has since then gained attraction online and had over thousands of followers, some of which were government officials too.
Reports also said the “Sittah Annur” was originally from Kelantan and she is currently residing in Shah Alam. Furthermore, her peculiar actions have been tracked for the past 6 months.
Meanwhile, the woman is said to have used social media such as Facebook, YouTube and Telegram to share various allegations and strange predictions.
On the other hand, The Star had reported that Inspector-General of Police Datuk Seri Acryl Sani Abdullah Sani said the police will start hauling up those involved in the cult soon.
“There have always been these types of threats, but police were able to manage and contain the spread of their activities and ideologies.” he said, while reassuring Malaysians that the situation is under control.
“Hauling them up is part of our plan, just give us some time.” Acryl Sani added.
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