Use software to block porn


  • Nation
  • Friday, 26 Aug 2005

TAIPING: The Government will not impose Internet censorship. The public will have to install software to block access to pornographic websites and curb cyber crime. 

Deputy Science, Technology and Innovation Minister Datuk Kong Cho Ha said censorship will only defeat the Government’s objective of promoting the information communications technology (ICT) industry and a knowledge-based community. 

“We cannot impose a censorship policy because it will not help Malaysia further strengthen its role as a major player in the ICT industry,” he said after launching the Taiping Municipal Council's portal and wireless network here yesterday. 

He said such a stand is also vital in helping attract investments by multi-national ICT companies to the country. 

However, Kong said, Malaysians, especially cybercafe operators, can still curb Internet abuse by installing software to block access to pornographic websites. 

Such software should also be installed in homes, schools and offices, he said. 

He added that self-discipline and education are still the most efficient tools for curbing Internet abuse among users. 

On the progress of the Government’s computer literacy programme, Kong said much needs still to be done, especially in the rural areas. 

“Although we can say that computer literacy among our people is increasing every year, those living in rural areas do not even know how to switch on a computer. 

“We need to find ways to bridge the digital gap between the rural and urban areas,” he said. 

In order to ensure villagers are ICT-savvy, he added, the Government has identified three As which it needs to first address – accessibility, affordability and availability of ICT infrastructure.  

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