(Malaysiakini) 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.
Mahathir’s comments come in the wake of growing concern among the blogging community that the government had begun a clamp down on online dissidents.
On July 14, PKR staff and blogger Nathaniel Tan was remanded for four days under the Official Secrets Act 1972 and investigated by the Cyber Crimes Unit pertaining to contents on his blog.
Subsequently, Deputy Internal Security Minister Mohd Johari Baharum announced that he had ordered the police to nab those who spread "lies" on the Internet.
Yesterday, Umno information chief Muhammad Muhammad Taib lodged a police report against the Malaysia Today website for allegedly publishing remarks that insulted the King and Islam.
While Malaysia Today's owner, Raja Petra Kamarudin has this to say: "See you in hell Muhamad son of Muhamad"
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