PETALING JAYA: The clampdown on social media, including shutting down blogs, will not stop the people from talking, says former cabinet minister Tan Sri Rafidah Aziz (pic).
She said that such a move would be counterproductive, as people would continue to voice out when provided the opportunity and venue to do so.
“When people care for the country, and see things happening that is not doing good for Malaysia, they will be moved to speak … as I am speaking.
“I just care for the country, I do not want unnecessary problems to hurt Malaysia. But to the powers that be, do not just dismiss what people are saying in social media...and it is so very naive to think that shutting down blogs and intervention on social media will actually stop people from talking,” Rafidah said in a Facebook posting on Tuesday.
She expressed concerns over the recent curtailing of dissenting voices on social media, reportedly in reference to the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission’s recent blocking of several anti-establishment blogs and websites.
The former International Trade and Industry Minister also urged the Government to take the concerns of the people on the ground seriously, even if they are voiced out in a disharmonious manner.
“Listen with the intention to understand, and to put things rights. Not to shut off people into the falsely perceived notion of being ‘silenced’,” she warned.
However, Rafidah also reminded social media users to criticise constructively, and not to hurl abuse or hate with the intention of hurting others.
Such actions will not get anyone anywhere, she added.
“These are times when we must show our maturity, and resilience, as a society … regardless of who or what we support. We must think of Malaysia first.”