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Body Shaming Is Now A Crime In Malaysia

The terms cyberbullying and body shaming are now a popular issue on the internet. The social freedom that social media sites have not only allows us to interact with each other but has also opened a can of worms for bullies. 

We often come across negative remarks people make online about someone’s physical appearance – fat lah, dark lah, skinny la, too fair lah. Dah lah tu, nobody needs that kind of negativity in our lives. Whether you’ve witnessed it or been a victim of body shaming, we can all agree that it’s not a new phenomenon on social media. Cyberbullying has been rampant these days and keyboard warriors who have been hiding behind their keyboard (but in truth, probably hiding behind their insecurities) find some kind of sick joy by bringing people down. 

No matter how many times people say we should stop body shaming, the message doesn’t seem to be getting across fully. Now, the Ministry of Health Malaysia (MOH) is stepping in and taking steps to remind everyone that body shaming is a punishable crime!

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“Body shaming is a cyberbullying crime. Those who have been affected by the crime – ie, the victim; can lodge a report of the offence to the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC).

According to Section 233 (1)(b) of the Communications and Multimedia Act 1998, if found guilty, the offender can be fined up to RM50,000 or be imprisoned for no more than a year, or both.”

According to MOH, body shaming can get you thrown into jail or cost you up to RM50,000. They have also included the effects of body shaming in the Facebook post. It may cause victims to experience:

  • Stress and emotional disturbance
  • Loss of self-confidence
  • Eating disorder
  • Depression
  • Suicide

They made the latest announcement in efforts to raise mental health awareness and reminding the public to stop making negative comments about an individual’s body. Body shaming can be humiliating which often cause painful and long-term consequences.

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We hope with this new initiative by the government, people will be more careful with what they post online. Cyberbullying is a crime so make sure you think before posting or saying anything on social media. If you don’t have anything nice to say, then say nothing at all!

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