(Controls is good but for who and for what? Image source: http://www.socialmedia.biz)
Blogsphere is sure getting more interesting…
From Malaysia Today–
Foreign Minister Datuk Seri Dr Rais Yatim Friday called for the creation of an internal council or mechanism to monitor bloggers. He said that in terms of law, the Sedition Act was sufficient but he was worried about enforcement which was not up to the mark and having such a council would help in enforcement.
He said that the arms of the law might not be long enough to reach bloggers outside the country but if the blogger was in the country, something could be done and it was all a question of will.
He told reporters this when asked to comment on a blog posting calling on the people to display their unhappiness with what is going on in the government by flying the national flag upside down.
He said that rather than resorting to such an act, it would be better for them to express their dissatisfaction through the proper channels like writing articles and to speak out on whom they disliked, what was wrong and what was inappropriate.
“Rather than bashing the flag, it’s better for them to take it out on the person concerned or the leaders that they don’t like,” he added.
Oh really? Interestingly when bloggers do “take it out on the person concerned or the leaders that they don’t like”, the bloggers has been deemed as spreading lies even if it is proven as correct later. Most of the time, bloggers are labeled menace. But since Rais have said it, oh well we bloggers will take note of this (and leave the innocent flag alone).
This is uptime that politicians have called for some kind of mechanism or control for bloggers whilst at the SAME time telling others to embrace this new media. Can’t they make up their mind? Controls of blogs have been proposed in the past but have been shot down as being not practical or going against freedom of the internet. Now Rais comes with another idea but with the same purpose – internal council.
Now with the word “control”, there is a tie up with another frequently used word – Sedition Act. The thing is whilst we have seen a couple of bloggers hauled up by the police under Sedition Act; I don’t recall any politicians hauled up under the same Act. There is plenty of evidence of them saying the wrong words at the wrong place and time. But all gets off scot-free.
Wake up Rais Yatim and do the right thing first!