Corona Alarm: When Virus Viraling is A Criminal Offence

By: Sonny Zulhuda

coronavirus_update920.jpg.daijpg.600Everyone now speaks about this COVID-19, the latest Corona virus epidemic which started in China recently and had now affected over 45,000 people worldwide, and killed more than 1,200 people. People talk about it because it is everyone’s concern. It is about life and death (beyond just economy!).

The problem now is, we have too much information to the extent that it is so hard to identify the truth behind each piece of information. Some of those info may have led to increasing fear and panic. I believe this is not what we want: mixing facts with fiction, then distorting our priorities.

It is interesting to note recently (the past few days) that some penal sanctions were upheld by courts in Malaysia against those who are found to spread fake news or information about COVID-19. Here are some excerpts from one media report (The Star Online, 13 Feb 2020):

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Penal Code for Cyber Crime

By: Sonny Zulhuda

Cyber Crime is any crime that involves computer or computer system either as a target or as a medium. With this definition, one could should not be mistaken into thinking that cyber crime only takes place when a computer genius manages to interfere with a networked computer system, bypassing complicated security, encryption or any access-controlling mechanism.

Cyber crime includes those ‘conventional crimes’ in which the criminal has found a new way to launch their wrong-doing. by way of computer network or otherwise being facilitated by information technologies.

The legal role of addressing and curbing cyber crime can therefore be attributed to the conventional law of crime. In Malaysia, the main statute is the Penal Code.

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