KUALA LUMPUR: The cyber-bully was a stranger who “struck” sporadically on Instagram and Facebook every month.
She hurled profanities in Malay and English and made the family fear for their safety.
This was award-winning actress Maya Karin’s recollection of her family’s five-month ordeal at the hands of a female Netizen from Melaka.
The 20-something’s cyber-threats to injure Maya and damage her property were fortunately stopped by police last January.
Maya, the star of Pontianak Harum Sundal Malam, Ombak Rindu and Jwanita almost gave up Facebook and Instagram.
Nevertheless she chose to fight back lodging a police report in Taman Tun Dr Ismail.
The cyber-bully was fined after pleading guilty during her subsequent trial.
“I can’t divulge the details of these insults and threats, but they targeted my family in Malaysia and Germany,” said Maya at the launch of the End Cyber-Bullying And Spreading False Information campaign at the Kuala Lumpur Performing Arts Centre here, today.
“At first I thought we were bullied by a group of people. Thank goodness, police found out that only an individual was involved.”
The cyber-bullying resulted in Maya, 38, “toning down” her Facebook and Instagram presence.
Nowadays, she only talks about her projects in music and films.
“I’m not going to let cyber-bullies deter me from using social media.
“Nevertheless, for the safety of my loved ones, I’ve decided not to reveal my off-screen activities too much.”
When asked about her new projects, Maya said she will soon record duets with Kaka Azraff and Awi Rafael, and launch a new single after Hari Raya Aidilfitri.
“My single is written and composed by Aizat Amdan, one of my favourite artistes,” said Maya, adding that she will be in the film Olympic Dream directed by Don Hoe.