Umno Denies Ties with ‘Sabah-Sarawak Merdeka’ FB Page

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Umno has denied any involvement with a Facebook page that promotes East Malaysia secessionist sentiments and makes insensitive remarks against royalty institutions.

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The page, “Sabah-Sarawak Merdeka”, listed Umno headquarters’ official telephone number under its contact details tab.

Umno executive secretary Datuk Mohd Sumali Reduan said the party had never given authorisation to anyone to create a social media account on its behalf.

“We view this matter seriously, and action will be taken through lodging a report with the authorities so that no wrongdoing will taint the good name of the party headquarters and Umno itself,” said Mohd Sumali in a statement on Umno Online on Friday (April 12).

The regulatory body said an “irresponsible” party had uploaded images that insulted the King on Facebook on Thursday (April 11).

The Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC) has opened an investigation into the Facebook, conducted under Section 233 (1) of the Communications and Multimedia Act for using network facilities or app services to consciously spread news with the intention of annoying others.

If found guilty, a person charged under Section 233 would be liable for a fine of RM50,000 or imprisonment not exceeding one year, or both.

The Sabah-Sarawak Merdeka Facebook page contained several vituperative posts against the federal government and the Agong, with doctored images featuring the likeness of Sultan Abdullah Riayatuddin Al-Mustafa Billah Shah of Pahang.