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Information Minister – Blogging is bad for the rural people May 6, 2007

Posted by Tim in Humour, Malaysia.

In today’s NST:

Information Minister Datuk Seri Zainuddin Maidin said today that Malaysia has to classify bloggers as professionals and non-professionals as a mechanism to prevent misuse of Internet blog sites.

Zainuddin said the Internet has yet to be widely used by the people in Malaysia and if blog sites become an alternative press that forces the shutdown of newspapers, the rural people who depend on newspapers will be denied the right to information.

He reminded bloggers not to touch on matters that have been agreed upon by the consensus of the country’s multi-racial population such as the special position and privileges of the Malays, the Rulers and Islam so as to maintain peace and harmony.

Our Information Minister deserves the “spin of the week” award. Following the same brilliant reasoning, all local newspapers should shut down their online versions so that more people will buy their paper; and we should ban all foreign magazines, and access to Wikipedia, Google News, etc so that our local papers get more revenue so that they stay open so that the rural people can get propaganda news.

The suggestion of classifying bloggers itself is too absurd to comment on – thinly veiled repackage of blogger registration. The word professional means “one who does something as a means of livelihood” btw, not pro-government.



1. The Nit-Picking Politicians Out To Ground Bloggers « The Naked Truth - May 6, 2007

[…] will be denied the right to information. —Blogger Timothy Teoh commented on this daft remark here. I, on the other hand, am sick tired on commenting silly remarks from sweaty two-bit third world […]

2. eWe - May 11, 2007

Yes..our government tends to jump the gun when thinking about future implications of current events. I’d like to be a professional though.

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