Prime Minister Dato’ Sri Mohd. Najib Tun Razak urges the MCMC as authority with the said powers to get tough with those who abuse, misuse and adulterate the social media platforms to propagate manipulated and distorted information and lies, for sinister purposes.
The Star story:
Published: Sunday August 2, 2015 MYT 9:24:00 PM
Updated: Sunday August 2, 2015 MYT 9:44:46 PM
Najib instructs MCMC to check slander on social media
KUALA KUBU BARU: The Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission has been instructed to streamline laws and step up enforcement to check the dissemination of slander on social media.
Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak (pic) said Sunday that if slander on the social media was allowed to fester, it would alter the thinking paradigm of the people and create a state of “trial by social media”.
“When faced with trial by social media, we, as members of the administration will be declared guilty before trial.
“But when it comes to the opposition, it is all considered defamation, not considered as the truth. Is this not weird?” he said when opening the Hulu Selangor Umno division delegates meeting here.
Also present at the meeting were Selangor Umno liaison committee chairman Datuk Seri Noh Omar and Hulu Selangor Umno division chief Mat Nadzari Ahmad Dahlan.
Najib said the Government could not obstruct the progress of technology but it also could not give absolute freedom to the extent that untruths were turned into truths.
He said Umno should also become an active social media practitioner and have a specific programme to change the perception of the people.
“Today, perception seems to overwhelm reality. We need to understand the situation when faced with attacks in cyberspace to better position our party,” he said.
Najib said party members should come up with strategies to attract the support of the people and not revel in one’s own self-satisfaction when implementing any programme.
On the recent Cabinet reshuffle, the prime minister said he would ensure that the Cabinet ministers delivered effective service to the people.
He added that Umno members in the three states he had so far visited, namely Malacca, Negeri Sembilan and Selangor, had expressed support for his leadership.
He expressed appreciation for the support and said it would drive him to strengthen the party and bring the nation greater success. – Bernama
As they say better late then never. A lot of damage already done where the habitual and compulsive manipulators, spinners and liars change facts of stories for the sinister purposes to create sensation, discomfort, anguish, hatred etc.
In the recent onslaught where New Con Jews’ sponsored apparatus of community destabilisation such as Sarawak Report teamed up with the Opposition, Opposition controlled media and more New Con Jews’ controlled to attack and demonise Prime Minister Najib, was at the expense of the nation’s economy.
Sabotaging the national economy is a threat to national security.
So is arousing Malaysians with manipulation and slanders of debt-stricken Malaysian Government strategic investment corporation 1MDB, with the sinister intent to get Malaysian riled up and topple Prime Minister Najib and his democratically elected government.
The same abuse, misuse and adulteration of media social platforms recently almost turned a common theft in Plaza Low Yatt a few weeks ago into a racial fight and something very ugly.
Propagating hatred in venomous and voracious overtones towards the His Majesty Government is seditious under the law.
The continuous urge of Federal Government authorities in charge of communication and cybersphere to get tough and need to control the use and materials accesible for the Malaysian consumers also came from the Father of ICT, Tun Dr. Mahathor Mohamad.
Pro-Anwarista news portal story:
Dr Mahathir repeats call for Internet censorship
Published: 1 August 2014 5:25 PM
Former prime minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad today reiterated the need for the Malaysian government to censor the Internet as, he said, it has played a major role in undermining public morality.
He said that any kind of freedom would be open to abuse, adding that the worst kind of abuse is in the “field of morality”.
“The Internet has played a major role in undermining public morality.
“I don’t care how sacred is freedom but I think the time has come for governments, at least the Malaysian government to censor the Internet,” he said in a blog posting today.
Malaysia’s longest-serving prime minister had said in March that he would introduce Internet censorship if he was chosen to lead the country again, expressing regrets that he made a promise not to censor the internet while he was PM.
“If I was appointed as the premier again, the first thing I will do is censor the Internet,” he had said then.
Dr Mahathir had previously agreed for Malaysia not to censor the Internet as part of the conditions by foreign investors and major technology firms to help develop the Multimedia Super Corridor, which was launched in the mid-1990s.
“Not knowing the power of the Internet, I promised that we (speaking as the Prime Minister of Malaysia) would not censor it. But today I have changed my mind,” he wrote in his blog.
He warned that several practices which are still unacceptable to Malaysian society, would soon be a part of expressing freedom and equality, thus highlighting the need for Internet censorship.
“Incest, child sex, sex with animals, sexual parties, sex in public and many other practices which are wrong will soon be a part of the expression of freedom and equality. All these will promoted on the Internet.”
“Lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender or LGBT is openly touted as a part of human rights. We accept that some people are born with indeterminate sex. But now that LGBT is accepted, normal people have also taken up the practices of those who were born handicapped.”
“And worse still, certain religions have abrogated the injunctions of their religion against abnormal sex so as to be seen to be keeping up with the times,” he added.
The former prime minister also revealed that he had changed his mind about Internet censorship as the “players” – those who controlled servers – have applied censorship of their own on what can appear on their platforms.
“I myself have suffered from such censorship. When I put on my blog, an article on the Jews, without any explanation, my article was prevented from being linked to Facebook,” he claimed.
“But that is not all. I first used the internationally available platform to host my blog. When hundreds of thousands visited my blog, suddenly the platform rejected hosting my blog site.”
Dr Mahathir said he has now changed servers and platforms three times and yet, until now there are attempts to block his blog, along with numerous spam and virus attacks.
“Blocking is of course a form of censorship. The Internet is not the free alternative to the state-controlled print and electronic media it is touted to be.”
In fact, the former premier said, the Internet is subject to more censorship than the government could possibly exercise.
“There is no freedom of the alternative media. Governments and the owners of servers and platforms and assorted others can censor the alternative media.”
“It is actually less free than print and electronic media operating under Government licences,” he added.
When he had first broached the subject of Internet censorship in March, Dr Mahathir said although Malaysia might be labelled as an undemocratic country for filtering the Internet, but this move would ensure internal security was preserved.
“If our country is described as unmodern, undemocratic, so be it. This is our country, we have the right to uphold internal security,” he had said. – August 1, 2014.
More than twenty years ago he first mooted the idea to create the Multimedia Super Corridor city in where Cyberjaya is today, he promised that there should be no censorship.
However, he changed his mind after the consideration of the abuse, misuse and adulteration the apparatus and platforms of infinite information, which was supposed to propel Malaysians towards embracing the ‘knowledge economy’ and alleviate themselves in the challenges of globalisation.
As part of transformation agenda in preparation of arriving at newly developed nation status in five years time, the right for freedom of information and expression is a key component of being part of modern democracy.
However, the perils of pure democracy without utter consideration of others we share the nation with is very counter productive and should be deemed as regressive.
Abuses, misuses and adulteration of social media platforms now being made accessible to more people cheaper and growing options, means there is no way of ensuring that it is use positively, progressively and productively.
It is shameful that Malaysia which is supposed to move forward regressed because of the sinister usage of social media with the objective of sensation, controversy, contentious, hatred and conflict. Worse of all, defective supervision and enforcement.
What ever it is, the interest of the nation must come first.
That is probably why Dato’ Seri Ahmad Shabery Cheek was reassigned to do agriculture portfolio and instead given to a character who is quick and quite stinging on his remarks, Sabah State Assembly Speaker Dato’ Seri Mohd. Salleh Tun Said Keruak,