‘Amend laws to enable action against bloggers’
PETALING JAYA: Laws should be amended so that action can be taken against webmasters and bloggers who post lies and other statements which could have serious repercussions.
Umno vice-president Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin said the Internet was good in the sense that a person had the freedom to think and decide, but there were those who posted lies and tried to incite feelings of ill will among the different communities in Malaysia.
This, he said, could lead to more serious repercussions. “Propaganda posted on websites and blogs are widely read and many readers tend to believe the lies,” he said after opening the Kelana Jaya Umno divisional meeting yesterday.
Division chairman Tan Sri Muhammad Muhammad Taib said there would be trouble if bloggers and webmasters were allowed to continue posting lies and defamatory statements. “Now, there are even people insulting the national anthem, belittling royalty, religion, and blogs are peppered with insults and slander.”
Three resolutions were passed at yesterday’s meeting.
• To urge the government to develop special laws to take action against webmasters and bloggers, including foreigners, or locals who published comments, sketches or reports aiming to slander or insult the sanctity of Islam and the country’s constitution, be it locally or abroad;
• To urge the government to develop special laws to enable the extradition of bloggers, webmasters, foreigners or locals who spread lies, insult Islam or the constitution, instigating tension and enmity among different ethnic groups; and,
• To call for the revocation of citizenship of Malaysians considered traitors, whether the offence is committed locally or overseas, if a prima facie case against them is established. If the offence is committed by foreigners residing overseas, firm action must be taken to prevent them from entering the country. For those residing in Malaysia, legal action must be taken to evict and blacklist them from re-entering the country.
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