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Former Malaysian PM Mahathir calls for more internet censorship

PUBLISHED : Sunday, 03 August, 2014, 6:14am
UPDATED : Sunday, 03 August, 2014, 6:14am
 

Former Malaysian prime minister Mahathir Mohamad has called for the internet to be censored to preserve "public morality", in what the opposition suggested was an attempt to silence government critics.

Mahathir, who was the country's longest-serving prime minister, in office from 1981 to 2003, remains an influential figure in Malaysian politics.

"The internet has played a major role in undermining public morality," 89-year-old Mahathir said in a blog posting, adding that "today any child can access pornography of the worst kind.

"I don't care how sacred is freedom but I think the time has come for governments, at least the Malaysian government, to censor the internet."

Mahathir pledged in the 1990s that the government would never censor the internet, in a bid to lure hi-tech foreign investment.

"Not knowing the power of the internet, I promised that we (speaking then as the prime minister of Malaysia) would not censor it. But today I have changed my mind," he said.

Mahathir, an avid social media user, said internet content was already censored.

"I myself have suffered from such censorship. When I put on my blog, an article on the Jews, without any explanation, my article was prevented from being linked to Facebook," he said.

Tony Pua, 42-year-old opposition lawmaker with the Democratic Action Party, said that he supported "some degree of internet control" against pornography but there should be no censorship of news or opinion pieces.

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asiaseen
Dr Ten-percent speaks.
ianhuayensee
It's "fortunate" that Dr Ten percent Plus does not have a wife who tells the international press that she started saving (for a diamond ring) when she was small. Can you imagine if you had a wife who makes off the cuff comments like this? The husband can only keep mum, there is nothing he can say. In fact "he" (Mr Naxxx) said nothing.
ianhuayensee
The veil is pornography and protection of the public. The real intention is silencing the critics - the Malay politicians are very good at that. Mahathir never strikes the international community as someone who has high moral values but he has lots of money through you know what. When he as prime minister, he once famously said that Malaysians were not mature enough to make judgements (to vote) so I suppose he had a lot to answer for since he was once the country's education minister. Politicians in Malaysia unfortunately are not generally well known for their calibre and ability. There are rumours widely circulating in Malaysia that through his son, the old man now has Petron as part of the family heirloom, although the company is touted as Filipino owned. Smart but not smart enough.
sng7444
I am totally in agreement with Dr.Mahatir?comment. There are too much bad influences to our next generations and too much spams making internet no other than a dumpsite.
 
 
 
 
 

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