KUALA LUMPUR, April 24 — Datuk Seri Najib Razak promised Malaysians today that his administration would never censor the Internet. There had been two attempts to put a Chinese-style “Green Dam” to filter the Internet in Malaysia in the past while a number of Malaysians protested last week over the free 1 Malaysia email service which they felt was unnecessary.
Speaking at the 1st Malaysian-ASEAN Regional Bloggers Conference here this morning, the Prime Minister declared that Malaysia has one of the most liveliest and one of the freest, “if not most free”, blogospheres in the world.
“My government is fully committed to that wisdom — we intend to keep his word,” he said in his opening address during the conference at the Intercontinental Hotel here.
While stressing that it is important for bloggers and Internet users to “draw the line”, Najib said his administration still welcomed constructive criticism and wanted to work with them as partners.
“We do not fear bloggers. We want to be your partners,” he said.
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He said the administration may not always agree with the views expressed by bloggers but it was imperative that both parties were not disagreeable all the time.
“We practise open democracy, and as digital democracy is concerned, it is inevitable, that it would be silly — perhaps even futile — for governments to resist or ignore,” he said.
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Najib reiterated that the power of the Internet in Malaysia was shown during the Sarawak state election last Saturday when Barisan Nasional cruised to a victory but also lost in a significant number of constituencies.
He said the online media or digital democracy had made it more difficult to win in the election.
“That is the fact of the matter,” he said.
But despite this, Najib noted that Malaysia would continue to spend and invvest to promote open democracy and digital democracy in the country.