Feb 26, 2007

Internet Users Cautioned Over Sensitive News, Pictures

As mentioned by Jeff Ooi, Cyberspace does not operate in vacuum space. Therefore. all bloggers or website owners should always be aware what is contained in their blog or website.

KUANTAN, Feb 25 (Bernama) -- Deputy Internal Security Minister Datuk Fu Ah Kiow today reminded Internet users against circulating sensitive news or pictures that can jeopardise public order and security.

He said that while the government did not filter Internet content, it did not mean that Internet users were immune from prosecution.

"If we find anyone circulating news or pictures that can post a threat to public safety, we will take action," he told reporters after a Chinese New Year celebration organised by the Kuantan Chinese Consultants Committee here today.

He was asked to comment on the circulation of pictures of local illegal motorcycle racers or "Mat Rempit" on a website managed by a company using a server abroad.

Asked whether action will be taken against the company, Fu said it would be difficult to trace the company as its server was located overseas.

Fu also reminded Internet surfers to be wary of and not be easily influenced by the news and pictures circulated in cyberspace.

He cautioned the illegal racers to stop challenging authority with their misdemeanour as the police would not hesitate to take action against them if they broke the law.

He noted that their action of throwing bottles and rocks at a police station would tarnish not only the image of the country but also their own image as well.

"I was told recently that a foreign photographer had a fright after he was threatened by these illegal racers. This should not have happened," he said.

He said there was nothing wrong with a group of youngsters riding their motorcycles in a convoy so long as they did it within the limits of the law but unfortunately some of them violated the law.

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1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Ya, true, true. Since there are a lot of us that act without thinking of consequences to country and one self. Most readers just jump to conclusion.