Fahmi: Telegram To Assist Curb Cyber Crimes

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Fahmi Fadzil in a meeting with Telegram at PDRM headquarters yesterday. Picture; Fahmi Fadzil Twitter
Fahmi Fadzil in a meeting with Telegram at PDRM headquarters yesterday. Picture; Fahmi Fadzil Twitter

Telegram pledged to fully cooperate with MCMC to fight cybercrimes found rampant on the application.

KUALA LUMPUR — Telegram has finally agreed to work together with the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC) and the Royal Malaysia Police (PDRM) to tackle cybercrimes taking place via the application. 

Communications and Digital Minister Fahmi Fadzil said the commitment was pledged after a meeting with Telegram at PDRM headquarters in Bukit Aman here yesterday.

Also present at the meeting were MCMC chairman Tan Sri Salim Fateh Din, Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Acryl Sani Abdullah Sani, Bukit Aman CID director Datuk Seri Ayob Khan Mydin Pitchay and several top PDRM officers.

Fahmi said that in the hour-long meeting, he had stressed that there were too many criminal cases taking place on the application, such as fake investments, paedophilia, pornography and other online crimes. 

 “We also firmly stated that Telegram and any messaging applications or social media should adhere and comply with Malaysian laws,” said Fahmi in a statement.

Millions Lost Through Online Scams

Fahmi further said that from January 2020 to May 2023, the total losses suffered by Malaysians as a result of various scams via Telegram have exceeded RM45 million.

“The government would not be silent and allow criminals to hid behind fake identities.

“Hopefully the meeting today is a good start in cross-agency cooperation to ensure the application is safer to use,” he stated. 

Earlier, the Communications and Digital Ministry had urged Telegram to meet with MCMC and cooperate on curbing cyber security issues. — Bernama