The Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC) has started its investigation on reports of alleged foreign funding to certain news portals with the intention of toppling the democratically elected government.
Its Minister Salleh Said Keruak said the outcome of the investigation would be handed over to the Attorney-General (AG) for further action.
He said MCMC had received many complaints pertaining this matter and there was a need to conduct thorough investigation on various news portals.
“We have received complaints on the matter, and we are investigation a few online news portals.
“We would identifying the source of funding and would leave it to the AG to decide,” he told reporters after the pre-launch of the KL International Youth Discourse 2016 in Kuala Lumpur today.
Salleh said it was improper to topple a democratically elected government because the right to elect a government is entirely in the hands of the people.
“As an independent country, the people have the right to determine the ruling government,” Salleh said.
Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi had previously also said that an investigation would be conducted on allegations that billionaire George Soros was funding Bersih, the Merdeka Centre and Malaysiakini.
Meanwhile Inspector-General of Police Khalid Abu Bakar announced in a statement today that police have set up a task force to investigate claims that billionaire George Soros was meddling in the general election by funding local civil society groups and a news portal.
“We have identified several people to be questioned and we will be calling them soon,” Khalid said.