"Disebabkan pelanggaran berterusan terhadap terma penggunaan dan syarat serta terma Facebook, dan risiko pencabulan Akta Fitnah 2006 serta Kanun Jenayah Komanwel, maka kami tiada pilihan kecuali menggantung sementara komen di dinding ini," katanya dalam satu pos di Facebook.
Penggantungan itu dibuat ekoran amaran berkali-kali terhadap warga siber ketika membuat komen tentang anugerah ijazah Doktor Kehormat Persuratanan universiti itu kepada Datin Seri Rosmah Mansor, isteri Perdana Menteri, Datuk Seri Najib Abdul Razak.
Menurutnya lagi, terdapat begitu banyak serangan peribadi, tuduhan mengenai aktiviti ciminal, dan kebencian yang disebar, dan pihaknya perlu mematuhi Akta Fitnah 2006 untuk membuang kandungan seperti ini.
Walaupun pengguna tidak lagi boleh memberi komen terus di dinding Facebook Universiti Curtin, tetapi komen boleh dibuat di posting universiti berkenaan - Malaysiakini
Curtin University slammed over Rosmah award
KUALA LUMPUR: An Australian university has faced online criticism since it gave an honorary degree to the Malaysian premier’s wife, who has been ridiculed over reports of her excessive shopping sprees.
Western Australia’s Curtin University on Friday suspended public comments on its Facebook “wall” after days of verbal attacks over the award from users in Malaysia and Australia.
The university awarded Rosmah Mansor, wife of Prime Minister Najib Tun Razak, an honorary degree on Saturday for what it said were her contributions to early-childhood education.
Rosmah is a controversial figure in Malaysia, where she is routinely portrayed by critics as out of touch with ordinary Malaysians amid reports of her extravagant tastes, and web users have pounced on the affair.
“How much Rosmah paid for this PhD?” one Facebook user wrote on the university’s page, before submissions were blocked.
Another admonished the school to “Get your fact(s) right before giving out your cheap toilet certificate.”
Several Curtin degree-holders pledged to tear up their own certificates in disgust, while a separate Facebook site called “Boycott Curtin University till Rosmah Mansor’s Doctorate Revoked” also was set up.
Rosmah has faced ridicule in Malaysia’s independent online media over her alleged shopping exploits at a time when many Malaysians are concerned about inflation.
Recent accusations include reports that she spent tens of thousands of dollars on clothes from an Australian designer and bought a $24 million diamond ring and a $200,000 designer handbag.
She has denied the accusations.
Curtin vice-chancellor Jeanette Hacket defended the degree award in a statement on Facebook, saying Rosmah “was recognised as the founder and driving force behind” early childhood centres in Malaysia.
But the school said Friday it had “no choice but to temporarily suspend comments” on its Facebook wall.
Rosmah has responded by saying her critics might be “jealous” over the degree.
“I don’t want to handle personal petty issues. It is all out of frustration. It is all out of… I don’t know… Maybe jealousy,” she said.