Malaysian government eyes 'some form of Internet censorship'

Malaysian government eyes 'some form of Internet censorship'

KUALA LUMPUR - The Government plans to implement some kind of censorship of the Internet based on the provision of the current laws, said Communication and Multi­media Minister Datuk Seri Ahmad Shabery Cheek.

He said that while Malaysia would uphold the Multimedia Super Corridor (MSC) Bill of Guarantees (BoGs), that states there would be no censorship of the Internet, there were instances where this was necessary.

"The BoGs is a principle we stand for, but take for instance child pornography.

"Would you want that in our Internet?" he said at the Parliament lobby yesterday.

He said if the action was illegal in the physical world, it should be illegal on the Internet.

Shabery said the latest amendments to laws such as the Sedition Act and Prevention of Terrorism Act laws would be upheld over the BoGs.

The BoGs was to ensure no censorship of the Internet to facilitate Malaysia's journey to be a global ICT hub.

Earlier in the Dewan Rakyat, replying to a question from Gooi Hsiao-Leung (PKR-Alor Setar), Shabery said the Communications and Multimedia Act would be amended to be in sync with the current laws.

"When the Act was drafted, social media platforms were simple. It was IRC chat rooms," he said comparing Facebook and Twitter that came into the digital world in 2004 and 2006.

With the terrorism threats being faced by the country today, Shabery said the amendments to the Act would be looked into holistically to prepare the country in a digital context.

"At the end of the day, we want to protect the country from threats," he added.

He said a few stakeholders had already been consulted on the matter.

He added that the amendments to the Act would be tabled in Parliament in October.

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