Thursday, October 16, 2008
SMS messages can also be leaked out?
The purported exchange of text message between Najib Tun Razak and lawyer Shafee Abdullah has become a controversy.The opposition has charged that there is something more to the one sentence text that read "will face a tentative charge but all is not lost." Opposition politicians and critics have claimed there is an abuse of power by the DPM while BN politicians said Razak Baginda would have been freed if there was interference. But there is a point that's being missed out by many - how could an exchange of text message between a Deputy Prime Minister and a very prominent lawyer be leaked out? That's a serious breach of security and confidentiality, if the text message is accurate. What has the service operator got to to say about its protection of its subscribers. It's bad enough that banks, property agents and even clubs seems to be able to call us up or send us an unsolicated SMS of their promotion but when private exchange of messages leaks out, surely something is wrong. If it happens to the DPM, there's nothing to stop SMS of other politicians, whether BN or Pakatan Rakyat from being leaked out. Simple SMS remarks or casual jokes could easily be distorted and leaked out to discredit a person politically. But beyond politics, the question of privacy and confidentially has been serious violated. Surely, the Malaysian Communication and Multimedia Commission (MCMC) would want to find out more. Jeff Ooi has his take on the SMS leak here.