Tuesday, March 18, 2008

Will The New GE12 Cabinet Line-up Be Blogger-Friendly?

You thought it was a sigh of relief the likes of Zainuddin 'Goblok' Maidin and Tengku 'Bloggers are unemployed women' Adnan were gotten rid of? Will bloggers in Malaysia breathe more easily, especially with the election of bloggers into public office? It's hard to say. The following is their 'track record'.

Minister in the Prime Minister's Department - Datuk Seri Mohamed Nazri Abdul Aziz

[1] Bernama July 24, 2007: "Govt Warns Of Tough Action Against Bloggers Who Disparage"

Picture source.

Minister in the Prime Minister's Department - Datuk Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi

[1] Bernama December 02, 2006: "Mainstream Media Told To Deflect Internet Rumours"

TEMERLOH, Dec 2 (Bernama) -- The mainstream media should play a role in deflecting wild allegations and slanders spread through the internet and blogs, Deputy Information Minister Datuk Zahid Hamidi said.

Ahmad Zahid said the mainstream media including the official government media should provide the correct explanation about allegations spread through the internet or blogs, especially if the allegations were targetted at the government and its policies.

"(This is because) not all the information (and slanders) spread through internet or blogs are accurate," he told reporters here last night.

"We do not want the public to be deceived by inaccurate information including those that are slanderous."

He said in the era of information and communication technology (ICT), it was impossible to curb the bloggers or to stop them from spreading lies through the internet.

He added that the public were still gullible and could be easily influenced by the inaccurate information they obtained from the internet.

Ahmad Zahid also advised bloggers to be ethnical and responsible in their writings.

"They should have ethics ... everyone have ethics and self-respect. We hope the bloggers will also have ethics and self respect," he said.

Earlier, he launched the Lanchang Carnival 2006 here. The highlights of the event include entertainment show, exhibitions put up by government agencies and food sales.

Energy, Water and Communications Minister - Datuk Shaziman Abu Mansor

[1] Berita Harian August 23, 2006: ‘Pengendali laman blog ibarat penembak curi’

Newspaper cutting by YB Jeff.

[2] The Star April 5, 2007: "Bloggers may have to register"

Newspaper cutting by YB Jeff.

[3] The Star April 7, 2007: "Shaziman denies censorship goal"

[4] The Star October 23, 2007: "Political sites not so hot"

Deputy Finance Minister - Datuk Kong Cho Ha

[1] SMH December 3, 2006: "Malaysia mulls Internet laws against bloggers: report"

Youth and Sports Minister - Datuk Ismail Sabri Yaacob

[1] Bernama March 29, 2007: "Government Asked To Curb Bloggers"

Human Resources Deputy Minister- Datuk Noraini Ahmad

[1] theSun via Nuraina Samad's 3450 Jln Sudin November 8, 2007: Title unstated

Noraini also commented on the abuse of information and communication technology by bloggers who insulted the King and Islam.

She said the Sedition Act, Internal Security Act, Officials Secrets Act and Printing Presses and Publications Act must be enforced to the fullest as irresponsible acts by bloggers caused tension among people of different races and religions.

Rural and Regional Development Minister - Tan Sri Muhammad Muhd Taib

[1] The Star July 23, 2007: "Umno lodges police report against Malaysia Today"

Tourism Minister - Datuk Seri Azalina Othman

[1] Rocky's Bru August 18, 2007: "Ah, Aza! Azalina to brief Umno on bloggers"

[2] The Star February 22, 2008: "Bloggers slammed"

Oh, and last but not least:

Prime Minister-cum-Finance Minister - Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi

[1] Bernama January 24, 2007: "No Govt Censorship, But Bloggers Must Be Responsible - Abdullah"

Do you think what I think? That the cabinet line-up was selected in spite of hating blogs?

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