Published: Saturday August 8, 2009 MYT 9:39:00 PM
Internet should not be censored, says Tun Mahathir
KUALA LUMPUR: Former prime minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad said Saturday the Internet should not be censored in any way, and it was wrong to do so although some things needed to be disciplined.
"For example, there is too much violence coming through on the Internet.
“That, I think, we have a right to ban but as far as political thinking, if you are not instigating violence and things like that, I think the Internet should not be censored in any way," he said.
He was speaking to reporters after delivering his speech at the Third Annual Malaysian Student Leaders Summit here.
He said that during his time of administration, he had given the undertaking that the government would not censor the Internet when it started the Multimedia Super Corridor (MSC) years ago.
"So maybe that was an undertaking given by me during my time. I don't know whether that will commit the present government," he added.
On Friday, Information Communication and Culture Minister Datuk Seri Dr Rais Yatim said the government was looking to put up Internet filter to stop access to undesirable websites. However, Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak said the government had no intention of monitoring and censoring the Internet contents as the move would not only be ineffective but would also cause public dissatisfaction. - Bernama
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