Tuesday, July 24, 2007


Utusan Malaysia Online, 24 July 2007

Bagaimanapun, kata Timbalan Perdana Menteri, Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak, setiap orang perlu menyedari bahawa negara ini mempunyai undang-undang yang perlu dipatuhi.

‘Tidak, tidak ada keputusan khas dibuat untuk ambil tindakan ke atas blogger, tetapi setiap orang perlu sedar bahawa negara ini mempunyai undang-undang,” katanya., 24 July 2007

However, Kadir, a blogger himself, felt that such an action would be unlikely. “I don’t think so (there will be a crackdown). It’s too early to say that,” he said when met at the sidelines of a forum on bloggers in Shah Alam today., 24 July 2007

Meanwhile, Prof Zaharom Nain of Universiti Sains Malaysia said there are attempts to control bloggers through lawsuits, citing Jeff Ooi and Ahirudin Attan, who are currently embroiled in a multi-million ringgit lawsuit for defaming the New Straits Times, as examples.

Bloggers are creating space for democracy to expand in Malaysia,” he said at the forum organised by the Centre for Media and Information Warfare Studies of Universiti Teknologi Mara., 23 July 2007

A Senator today called for a stern action against bloggers who he described as "arrogant and bold" when making disparaging remarks against leaders.

"The lack of specific act to supervise bloggers gave them the space to spread lies which touch the sensitivity to the community. It can become a threat to peace". Said Senator Dr. Mohd Puad Zarkashi when debating The Electronic Government Activities Bill 2007 in Dewan Negara.
, 24 July 2007

Former premier Dr Mahathir Mohamad believes that there is an attempt by the government to curb voices of dissent on the Internet. “Yes there is an attempt. But you cannot stop people from using the Internet,” he told reporters after officiating the International Conference on Gold Dinar Economy at the Putra World Trade Centre in Kuala Lumpur today.

Mahathir said in the past, his administration would have liked to ban Internet pornography but it was “impossible” because, among others, the content was based overseas.

“Same with bloggers. You can’t stop them,” he stressed.

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