27 May, 2008

Govt To Pay More Attention To Internet Media !

Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak said on Tuesday the government would give more attention to the non-conventional media of Internet websites and blogs to ensure that the people receive accurate information.

This was most necessary as the impact of this so-called new media on the people was evident in the last general election, he said.

"We will certainly introduce the new dimension in terms of winning over public opinion. One of the aspects that perhaps we have overlooked is how to manage the new media.

"I have to admit, frankly, that we have underestimated their role and I have to admit that we are not 'tech savvy' to tackle this and utilise the impact of the new technology," he said.

On remarks raised by an American participant on freedom of speech and human rights in Malaysia, Najib said the United States should look at itself first before criticising others.

He said the United States, which has been projecting an image of a democratic country, was guilty of abuses especially in Guantanamo Bay, a US detention centre in Cuba.

"In the name of national security, there have been violations of human rights and even abuse. So please, critisise the US government and ask them to close Guantanamo Bay," he said.

Meanwhile,"LKS to be suspended from Parliament because of blog?"

No kidding?

Dewan Rakyat Speaker Tan Sri Pandikar Amin Mulia today asked Lim Kit Siang (DAP-Ipoh Timur) to correct a write-up in his blog regarding the ammendment of a motion of thanks for the Yang di-Pertuan Agong's address which was rejected last Thursday.

"When it was taken out from the Dewan (Rakyat), it was like ignoring the Dewan's decision," he said before the debate on the Supplementary Supply Bill (2007) started at the Dewan Rakyat sitting Monday.

He said, in 2001, Batu Gajah Member of Parliament Fong Po Kuan was suspended for six months from attending the Dewan Rakyat session for producing pamphplets outside the Parliamant accusing the Speaker, the late Tun Zahir Ismail as not being fair to her.

"I cannot create a blog to give my answer. So when our decisions were being questioned everytime we made one, then it means that the Parliament's decision was not respected. What was published in the blog can be seen as the same as what was published by Batu Gajah MP back then," he said.

And folks, did you know RM300 million being spent on organising the Monsoon Cup since 2005 ? The cost of organising the event last year was RM22.6 million, and it was actually small compared with the benefits derived from it?



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