Saturday, August 8, 2009

Sane decision, finally

Finally there is someone in power who is in tune with the realities of the cyber world.
Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak, who has his own 1Malaysia blog to reach out to young Net-savvy Malaysians, said yesterday that the Government will not censor the Internet.
Such a move would be ineffective and could cause dissatisfaction among the people, he explained.
Najib realises that information travels freely in the developing world of information and communication technology.
“If we put a form of control, the people cannot accept it,” he said.
Thankfully Najib realises that the Internet is the final frontier of democracy and freedom and Governments should not waste their time and money trying to control the uncontrollable.
It is far better for Governments to improve their performance in terms of transparency, accountability and efficiency than to block off their online critics.
And as for the filtering of porn sites to protect the morals of Malaysian kids, there is no need to waste money on some software and make some supplier richer when such filters can be downloaded for free.
Perhaps the decision-makers need to be taught how to download freeware.

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