Rosmah: I too, am a victim of cyberbullying

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Prime minister’s wife urges the public not to be fooled by postings apparently made by her on social media.

rosmah-false-allegationPETALING JAYA: Prime Minister Najib Razak’s wife Rosmah Mansor says she too has been a victim of cyberbullying and has urged people not to be fooled by fake Facebook accounts using her name.

“I’m not so internet savvy, but I know that a lot of people abuse the use of the internet.

“I don’t have Facebook, so if you see a Facebook page with my name on the internet, it is not mine,” she said during her speech at a seminar on cybercrime at Royale Chulan Hotel in Kuala Lumpur today.

Rosmah said she did not know who would have the time to create a fake Facebook account for her.

She urged the public not to be fooled if they came across “funny” postings allegedly made by her on social media.

Rosmah also expressed concern that internet addiction was a developing trend, especially among the youths.

She said it would damage their social skills, thinking, learning, emotions and even family ties.

Rosmah said strong family ties were important to instil noble values which were crucial to nurture children into becoming responsible adults.

“This is an inter-generational problem which will repeat itself and can later lead to the risk of children becoming victims or predators of cybercrimes,” she said.

Speaking at the same event, CyberSecurity Malaysia CEO Amirudin Abdul Wahab said that the internet had revolutionised the way children learn, play and interact with one another.

He said there had been a shift in communication and social interaction and there were many challenges such as addiction to online games and social media, cyber-bullying, and cyber-stalking.

Based on CyberSecurity Malaysia’s statistics, a total of 379 cases of cyber harassment were reported in the first six months of 2017.

Amirudin said if left unchecked, the social problems would spiral into a serious menace that would harm our future generation.

“We must find a balance between empowering and protecting our children online,” he said.

The seminar covered several topics from internet addiction, laws and policy responses to cybercrimes, and psychological and social perspectives of cybercrimes.

The speakers included experts from the police, the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission, the Attorney-General’s Chambers, and criminologists.

Also present at the seminar were Women, Family and Community Development Minister Rohani Karim, Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Azalina Othman Said and Deputy Education Minister I P. Kamalanathan.

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