MCMC wants social media companies to remove Zayn Rayyan murder probe ‘leaks’

Zayn Rayyan
The police previously said the ‘irresponsible dissemination of information’ via social media platforms could affect the Zayn Rayyan Abdul Matiin murder investigation. (Facebook pic)

PETALING JAYA: The Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC) has made requests to social media platform operators to remove content showing alleged information leaks on the investigation into Zayn Rayyan Abdul Matiin’s murder case.

In a statement, the Internet regulator said it had identified several social media platforms, such as TIkTok and Telegram, where the alleged information has surfaced.

“The dissemination of these alleged investigation details is considered irresponsible and may disrupt the case trial,” it said.

MCMC also advised social media users to delete any posts or comments that could lead to speculation or spread misinformation.

“Sharing false or misleading information is an offense under Section 233 of the Communications and Multimedia Act 1998,” it said, adding that penalties include a fine of up to RM50,000, imprisonment of up to one year, or both, and an additional RM1,000 fine per day for continuing said offences after conviction.

Yesterday, Bukit Aman criminal investigation department (CID) director Shuhaily Zain said police would contact the MCMC to remove the content, first detected on a Telegram account, and prevent it from being spread on other platforms.

The parents of Zayn, an autistic six-year-old boy who was murdered last December, pleaded not guilty to child neglect at the Petaling Jaya sessions court on Thursday after initially being probed for murder.

Shuhaily said that the “irresponsible dissemination of information” could not only affect the trial, but also have an adverse effect on the prosecution, defence lawyers and Zayn’s family.

Pictures of alleged information related to Zayn’s case have gone viral on social media since Thursday night.

Two police reports have also been lodged over the matter.


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