| Azlan Othman |
TOPICS relating to social media conduct, financial scams and ways to combat crimes were highlighted by religious authorities yesterday as the nation marks the 94th anniversary of the Royal Brunei Police Force this year.
“Today, the world is becoming borderless and our country has also been impacted by the torrent of sophisticated communication that delivers information almost immediately,” Imams said in Friday’s sermon. “But we must be conscious of the negative impact of such a technology.
“It must not be abused, for example, by spreading wrong information and circulating gossips.
“The police have taken steps to ensure that this communication trend does not compromise public safety.
“What is worrying is that lately, some of us have been guilty of spreading false information that damages a person’s reputation.
“At the same time, together with other government agencies, the police have adopted crime investigation strategies, such as forensic IT capable of detecting cybercrime.”
The Imams added that Internet scam cases are becoming increasingly disturbing.
“We must therefore take precautionary steps and protect our personal data from being hacked.
“We must not be so easily tricked by those who capitalise on the negligence and carelessness of others.
“It is also crucial for parents to supervise their children because the majority of today’s cybercrime victims are teenagers.
The Imams urged the Ummah to work together in protecting peace and preventing crime by cooperating with the police.
“The role of the public is to report crimes that occur within their vicinity.
“We should always be careful and cautious. If people work together, we can curb crime.
“It is crucial that we rid ourselves of the (can’t be bothered) culture.
“The neighbourhood watch group plays an important role in safeguarding peace.
“The neighbourhood watch is the eyes and ears of the police force.”