The Home Ministry will continue to monitor blogs and websites touching on the people’s sensitivities with the cooperation of the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC).

Its minister Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Hussein said the authorities were now collecting evidence to bring the culprits to book for touching on sensitivities involving race, religion and the institution of Malay rulers.

“Our actions of late reflect our seriousness in bringing those responsible to court when we have sufficient evidence to do so,” he told reporters after attending a Johor Umno Liaison Committee meeting chaired by Menteri Besar Datuk Abdul Ghani Othman here on Sunday.

Citing the case of blogger Aduka Taruna, who was arrested for insulting the late Sultan of Johor Sultan Iskandar ibni Almarhum Sultan Ismail, Hishammuddin said the Home Ministry, MCMC and other relevant agencies would identify those guilty of the offence and bring them to court.

Hishammuddin said he was informed by Bukit Aman Commercial Crime CID director Datuk Koh Hong Sun that certain bloggers and websites were being monitored for touching on sensitive matters but did not elaborate.

Asked on the calls made by some bloggers for Umno Youth chief Khairy Jamaluddin to quit his post, he said the reports were not accurate.

“I understand that the bloggers involved do not know head or tail about what was discussed at the recent Umno Youth executive committee (exco) meeting,” he said.

Hishammuddin, who is also an Umno vice-president, did not dismiss the possibility that the reports were made due to some people’s personal interest, adding that such calls would do nothing to strengthen the party.

Some blogs had reported that several Umno exco members had demanded for Khairy to step down as he had failed to steer the direction of the movement to be in tune with the leadership of Prime Minister and Umno president Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak. – BERNAMA