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Tackling cyberbullying in Malaysia

AvantiKumar | Oct. 6, 2016
Safe Internet studies conducted in late 2015 and early 2016 found a high incidence of cyberbullying in Asian markets.

Digi Cyberbullying 

Photo - Tuan Mohd Azizi b Mohd Zain, Mayor of Petaling Jaya and Digi's Chief Executive Officer, Albern Murty together with the representatives of Digi's CyberSAFE programme partners, Astro, Petaling Jaya City Council (MBPJ), Ministry of Communication and Multimedia (KKMM), Malaysian Communications And Multimedia Commission (MCMC), Royal Malaysia Police (PDRM), UNICEF Malaysia, CyberSecurity Malaysia, Protect and Save the Children, Generasi Gemilang, Childline Malaysia and Women:girls at the opening ceremony of the Us vs Cyberbullying.


Cyberbullying is on the rise in Malaysia with 37 percent of Malaysian students having experienced either 'being bullied or disturbed online', 'being bullied by the same person both online and offline or even having actually engaged in the act of bullying others online.

Conducted by Telenor Group, the studies helped drive local awareness campaigns such as the 'Us vs. Cyberbullying' event in Petaling Jaya on 1 Oct.

Members of the public were invited to come and learn more about this issue at the event, which included edutainment activities and performances by local artistes KRU, Johanis Sani, Nur Amirah, Juztin Lan and Back2Basixx.

Event partners included Digi Telecommunications (Digi) Astro, Petaling Jaya City Council (MBPJ), the Communications and Multimedia Ministry (KKMM), Malaysian Communication and Multimedia Commission (MCMC), Royal Malaysian Police (PDRM), UNICEF and several non-government organisations (NGOs).

Albern Murty, chief executive officer of Digi (a Telenor Group company) confirmed the increase of cyberbullying in Malaysia, said: "A safer and better internet experience is a priority and we need to educate both children and adults alike on the serious threat it poses."

Murty said Digi also sent more than 1,400 Digizens (employees) nationwide into the streets of six major cities to help raise awareness of cyberbullying for its annual Customer First Day (CFD) celebration.


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