Censorship of The Internet August 9, 2009Posted by malaysianstory in A Better Tomorrow, A New Chapter.
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It was reported that the Communications and Culture Minister Datuk Seri Dr Rais Yatim confirmed there were plans to develop an Internet filtering system, although only for pornography. Based on the current level of public trust the government enjoyed, any form of censorship would be seen as the government’s attempt to curb press freedom. Nevertheless, Commission chief executive officer and acting chairman Mohamed Sharil Tarmizi confirmed that it was only looking into developing filters to stop elements of pornography, scams, spam and phishing. He then went on that it was not feasible for the Government to monitor and block access to all websites that were deemed “undesirable”. Having said all that, it is also noted that our Prime Minister, Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak also supported the idea of internet freedom without any form of censorship.
To answer the Communications and Culture Minister Datuk Seri Dr Rais Yatim’s question of how develop countries overcome the problem of pornography, I strongly believe its is not done through censorship. Basically anyone in the streets can tell you that the best censorship is not through the policing but through self discipline. As a nation, we should all take responsibility to educate our younger generation that we all have to be responsible netizens to ensure the well being of everyone.
First of all, we should start teaching our children to be responsible citizens in schools. Main stream medias should do their Corporate Social Responsibility by reporting objectively. By doing so, they can show our younger generation how to be responsible citizen. The schools system should also teach our children to develop into healthy young adult instead of just policing them through their childhood and develop them into ignorant pornography addicted young adults. Only through this approach can our nation resist pornography. All content filtering have their work arounds and it would be a mockery and a waste of public fund to try and develop such a fool proof content filtering system.
As Malaysian, we truely hope that the Communications and Culture Minister Datuk Seri Dr Rais Yatim, would adopt a better approach in addressing the so called undesirable content issues. MCMC should fund more awareness programme instead of spending valuable funds on policing approach application which itself is ineffective anyway.