20 May, 2007

Be More Responsible,bloggers !

Deputy Information Minister Datuk Seri Chia Kwang Chye today urged bloggers to be more responsible and not to misuse the medium by churning out inaccurate information or slanderous allegations.

He also reminded the public to be more critical and not to act based on emotions stirred by information obtained from websites and blogs.

The Communications and Multimedia Act 1998 contained policies that must be complied with but it was difficult to curb irresponsible blogs.

Meanwhile, Information Minister Datuk Seri Zainuddin Maidin has ticked off certain media organisations for abusing the transparency of Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi by rekindling racial political issues.

He said the move could harm the social contract that has been well received by the Malays, Chinese and Indians.

"To me, press freedom cannot go beyond the time-tested social contract," he told reporters after a get-together with Barisan Nasional (BN) component parties in his Merbok parliamentary constituency here Saturday night.

Zainuddin said matters agreed to in the social contract should not be questioned by the media as the move would create adverse effects.

He expressed disappointment over attempts by certain media to highlight incidents such as the May 13 racial riots, Maybank's move to impose 50 per cent stake ownership by Bumiputeras in legal firms and the Parliament leaking roof issue.

Abusing the transparency allowed by the prime minister as the head of government could ruin the pillar of strength of Malaysians who have been living in peace and harmony, he said.

On the publication of a book on May 13 by former Petaling Jaya MP Dr Kua Kia Soong, Zainuddin said the book would only serve to arouse anxiety among multiracial Malaysians.

He said although the Government had not ban the book authored by the former Internal Security Act (ISA) detainee, certain media have reported that the book has been banned and has been sold off.

He advised the people not to be carried away by the negative views of certain individuals about the government through postings in their blog sites.

"They try to incite the people's ill-feelings (through their blogs)," he said.

The Internal Security Ministry denied that it had seized 10 copies of the book on May 13, clarifying that it had only taken the books to check the contents.

The books would be returned if they contained nothing that violated the Printing Press and Publications Act 1984.

Its Deputy Minister, Datuk Fu Ah Kiow, said news reports stating that the books were seized were incorrect and believed that the matter was being deliberately blown out of proportion to gain publicity.

“It is just a very ordinary procedure, something that the officers will do if they receive reports about any publication that may be unfavourable for the public.

Fu said his officers were still reading the contents.

“The book is not a regular publication but a one-off publication. It does not need a permit.

“However, the ministry still has the responsibility of checking the contents of any publication to see to it that it did not go against the Printing Press and Publications Act 1984,” Fu said.

According to Malaysiakini, two major bookstore chains have reversed an earlier decision not to sell a new book on the May 13 communal riots, and Veteran social scientist Rustam A Sani said rational discussion on the controversial ‘May 13' book would make Malaysian society 'more mature' in its understanding of inter-ethnic relations.

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Siapa kata Perdana Menteri Malaysia, Dato’ Seri Abdullah Haji Ahmad pengsan? Bukan saya tapi Rocky dari http://rockybru.blogspot.com. Dulu saya rasa saya kenal siapa Rocky. Tapi hari ini, saya syak Rocky ni bukan lagi Rocky yang saya kenal. Memang patut kita saman si Rocky ni. Saman! Jangan tunggu lama-lama....(more):)

Remember Michael Backman's While Malaysia fiddles, its opportunities are running dry ?

He is back with "Top 20 Asian progressives"

Who are the modernisers and reformers steering the region towards good business practice, transparency and management excellence?

Malaysia has Four :


The only representative from Singapore is No 16. LEE KIN MUN (ALIAS MR BROWN).

As Singapore's only representative in this list of Asians, I am proud to announce that I beat governor of Malaysia's central bank, Zeti Akhtar Aziz, who is Number 17. Because, as all Singaporeans know, it is always important to one-up Malaysians in a Top Whatever List of any kind. Take that, Zeti!
In case anyone is reading the above literally, I am only kidding. This is a surprise and a huge honour to be hanging out with Asians of this calibre.

Indonesian President SUSILO BAMBANG YUDHOYONO (11) is also among Asia’s top 20 most progressive.

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

What can you expect an IDIOT like Zam to say except regurgitate all the lies and propaganda of UMNO? An equally big idiot is his deputy Chia Kwang Chye whom UMNO wants to push up as a puppet CM of Penang with Koh Tsu Koon expected to go to KL to replace Keng Yaik...who is as usual called on bloggers to be responsible without understanding what the word responsibility meant in the first place?

May 20, 2007 8:02 PM  

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