Saturday, April 07, 2007

Now Zam Wants 'Politically-motivated' Blogs To Be Monitored And Registered!

One can't help but admire Lord Zam, Darth Vader of the Information Darkside, a diehard fan of suppression and misinformation. At least he is consistent and transparent in his desire and ambition to keep under his thumb everything that is published by Malaysians. He has succeeded admirably in doing just that with the mainstream media and now this hard-core dictator is day-dreaming of repeating this feat with the blogs. That it is an idiotic and supremely foolish idea has escaped the warped brain of this aging, out-of-date despot. The following report from Bernama details Zam's schizophrenic delusions.

Information Minister Datuk Seri Zainuddin Maidin Friday lent his weight to a proposal to register blog sites, especially those which are politically-motivated.

He said the mainstream media were subjected to registration, monitoring and specific laws, and as such, there was no reason why the same should not apply to blog operators. "We must know who they are. So there must be laws that will facilitate their identification," he told reporters here.

However, he said, the need to register blogs with entertainment and social commentary contents might not be as great as politically-motivated ones. "When people involved in politics want to use blogs for their political interest or when blog operators are politically-motivated, we have to know who they are.

"Politics is meant to gain influence among the people, politics is meant to obtain power. When it comes to power, it's the people who are in control. When the people use the power, they'll have to identify themselves. They are dishonest if they hide themselves when talking about politics," he said.

Zainuddin said in the quest for political power, people were willing to resort to slander, disseminate lies, use unauthorized sources or choose not to verify the source of the information. "This is very dangerous as they are writing and taking steps to gain power. Their objective is to topple the government, widen the reach of their political doctrine and assist any parties for political purposes," he said.

Zainuddin said he concurred with the monitoring and registration proposal forwarded by the Energy, Water and Communications Ministry. Zainuddin discussed the blog issue and how the island republic was approaching the matter in a meeting this morning with his counterpart, Information, Communications and the Arts Minister Dr Lee Boon Yang.

The Malaysian minister said Singapore had formulated a mechanism for the registration of blogs which consistently churned out articles on politics. He pointed out that Singapore had a class licensing framework to supervise new media forms such as blogs, subjecting them to certain code of ethics under the supervision of the Media Development Authority.

A class licence involves the gazetting of the terms and conditions of a particular industry, and anyone who provides the services within the scope of the class licence will be deemed to have read and agreed to the terms and conditions, and would be considered licensed.

Zainuddin felt that the method implemented by Singapore was practical and it could possibly be modified for use in Malaysia. "We'll see whether or not this version can be done in Malaysia. I don't know yet but I feel that the method is a practical one," he said.
***** There are so many good schemes and projects that Singapore undertakes and innovates which can and should be emulated here. Yet our diktator tempatan goes only for the repressive side of Singapore's own deluded insecurity, impatience and intolerance. If he truly believes that blogs can be compelled to register, then there is no harm if we feel strongly that he should be certified under the Mental Health Act (or whatever it is now called).
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Related report: Shaziman denies censorship goal.
Another gem from Zam: Information Ministry Has To Counter Lies By Opposition.

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5 Comments:

Blogger team BSG said...

Great direct intelligent post, quite unlike those 'last stand' scampering laughing stock clowns ( tho v rich ) they call esteemed elected reps.of the people.

Probably their glorified days are fast numbered.

12:51 PM GMT+8  
Blogger kittykat46 said...

As far as I have been able to establish, Singapore has also not attempted to register all bloggers directly - that can't be done in any meaningful way. Singapore has legislation to make local service providers liable to ensure they register whoever uses their services - that of course will encompass bloggers who host locally. There is absolutely zilch which Singapore or Malaysia can do to enforce registration for Blogger or Wordpress based blogs, which are hosted in the US, short of blocking the entire blogger.com and wordpress.com domain.

Singapore has prosecuted bloggers and commentators for illegal or seditous postings. Anybody who publishes anything seriously illegal or seditious in blogs can be traced, with a bit of effort, and prosecuted.

I'm sure the Malaysian government already has the power to do that with existing legislation. It will only involve minor amendments to the relevant acts to make sure they apply to internet postings.

Of course Lord Vader...er Zam, isn't really talking about people who seriously break the law. They want to suppress further embarassing misdeeds of Dolah and gang surfacing in the internet. Since when has embarassing the Cabinet become illegal ?

3:36 PM GMT+8  
Blogger zorro said...

We are socio=political bloggers. We do not belong to any political parties. Because Zam and his ilk have demeaned politics and because politicians (excluding the likes of Zaid Ibrahim)are the laughing stock today and considered low-lives they begin to take umbrage whenever we draw them out of their rat-holes. If you have nothing to hide or be ashamed of, engage us. I have said enough in my Goofer of the Week Award. You are doing a good job.

12:18 AM GMT+8  
Blogger Billy said...

"Information Minister Datuk Seri Zainuddin Maidin Friday lent his weight to a proposal to register blog sites, especially those which are politically-motivated."

To Zam - go fly a kite; go jump in a lake and to blazes with you.

4:41 PM GMT+8  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

All said and done, his appointment is the greatest disaster in Malaysian history!!

3:30 PM GMT+8  

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