"Malaysians really must take a step back from being champion keyboard warrior kings and queens who effortlessly swing from being aviation experts to being pathologists to being forensic scientists to being flood relief experts to being earthquake and seismic activity experts to being bankers and economists."
Updates: Time to clamp down on social media, The Malaysian Insider 14/7/15
Anti-crime activist Dave Avran is quoted as saying that PDRM and MCMC need to track down and bring to book each and every website, online news portal, Twitter account, Whatsapp account, Messenger account, Facebook account, Youtube channel and Instagram account that tried to twist the Low Yat incident into a deadly racial confrontation.
The Evil Side of Social Media
I woke up this morning wih a feeling of profound gratitude to the Polis DiRaja Malaysia for keeping the Low Yat incident to just that, and not something more serious and deadly. And it could easily have (been) spun out of control. The Inspector General of Police's use of the social media via his Twitter account to appeal for calm and tell the people that the scuffle had nothing to do with race was most commendable.
Not so the attempts by some quarters to take advantage of the incident to stoke the racial fire. To bring back the ghosts of May 13. God knows there are people out there who want the Malays and the Chinese to kill and maim one another. And these scums, their number is small but they have a powerful weapon in their possession: the smart phone. With the phone, they have access to the social media. This weapon, coupled with Malaysians' inherent gullibility, made stoking that racial fire the much more easier. If the Police had been less than effective last night, we could have woken up to very bad news this morning.
Things are now under control though I doubt may of us would be going to Low Yatt anytime soon. The thing is, we know it will happen again, unless the authorities punish not just the those gangsters involved in the fight but, more importantly, those who tried to turn this stupidity into something even more sinister. The authorities need to stop the abuse of our social media freedom now. Regulate the social media. Yes, REGULATE.
And bring to book each and every website, news portal, twitter account, FB account, instagram etc that tried to turn last night's melee into a racial confrontation. We gotta teach these scums a lesson, or take responsibility when they turn the next little gang fight into a "race thing".