- The Straits Times
Deputy Home Minister Azis Jamman has denied Johor Crown Price Tunku Ismail Ibrahim’s claims that the Malaysian government is monitoring members of the Johor royal family using covert surveillance systems.
“As far as I know, no such orders were given either from the leadership or any parties in the Pakatan Harapan government,” Datuk Azis was quoted as saying in a report published in the Malay daily Sinar Harian on Monday (Sept 10). “If Tunku Ismail is telling the truth, he should inform and provide information on the matter to us or the police.”
In his Facebook post titled ‘My Father and I Being Monitored’, which was published last Saturday, Tunku Ismail said that someone had approached him to get him to buy a surveillance device. He said that the government officials had told him that such devices were being used to monitor him and his father, Sultan Ibrahim Iskandar, and that cyber troopers were watching their social media pages.
He also mentioned that the government officials had told him that the surveillance device was used by national agencies such as the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission, the police intelligence agency Special Branch, the Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC) and the Prime Minister’s Office.
However, in a statement yesterday, national police chief Mohamad Fuzi Harun said, “The police wish to assure the Johor palace that this is not taking place.”
The MCMC also issued a statement yesterday saying it does not carry out mass monitoring of any social media or e-mails. The Internet regulator’s acting chairman, Datuk Mohd Ali Mohamad Nor stressed that the government upholds the right to freedom of speech and privacy within the confines of the law and MCMC will assist if there is a breach of the law.
Meanwhile, Sinar Harian also reported that Johor police had not, as yet, received any reports on the claims made by Tunku Ismail.