Malaysia underestimates power of the Internet-Malaysian Digest
June 10, 2012
[FACT comments: One more lying pol goes back on his word. At least now we know what his word is worth! One more country which can kiss Internet and high-tech business good-bye.]
Malaysian Digest: June 4, 2012
Former prime minister Tun Dr Mahathir said he had been unaware of “the power of the internet” when he made the promise not to censor it.
“When I said there should be no censorship of the internet, I really did not realize the power of the internet, the power to undermine moral values, the power to create problems and agitate people. [FACT: Another pol afraid truth and secrets might leak out.]
“Now it is so porous that we cannot prevent all this filth from coming into our country,” told The New Sunday Times in an interview published yesterday.
He said Putrajaya should rethink absolute freedom on the internet, reversing his previous guarantee that Malaysia would never censor online content.
He was reported saying this in an interview at Malaysia’s 26th Asia-Pacific Roundtable held at the Institute of Strategic and International Studies last week.
Dr Mahathir, who is an avid blogger, said that countries should now enforce some form of regulatory control to block “filth” and punish those who corrupt the minds of internet users.
Dr Mahathir, who was prime minister for 22 years until 2003, had promised that Malaysia would never censor the Internet in any way as part of a pledge draw investors to develop the Multimedia Super Corridor.
He had repeated this stand last at the Third Annual Malaysian Student Leaders Summit in August last year, although he then suggested disciplinary action on some aspects of internet abuse.
“For example, there is too much violence coming through on the internet.
“That, I think, we have a right to ban, but as far as political thinking, if you are not instigating violence and things like that, I think the Internet should not be censored in any way,” Bernama had then reported him as saying.
Meanwhile, The Malaysian Insider pointed out that Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak voiced similar sentiments last year and vowed his administration would not resort to Internet censorship but will instead engage further with Malaysians when acknowledging that people now use social networking sites to express outrage.
“Malaysians have to thank Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad for this.
“When he was the prime minister, and Malaysia was developing our Multimedia Super Corridor, Tun made the promise to the world that Malaysia would never censor the Internet.
“My government is fully committed to that wisdom – we intend to keep his word,” Najib told the first Malaysian-Asean Regional Bloggers Conference here on April 24 last year.