No crackdown on bloggers

  • Nation
  • Tuesday, 24 Jul 2007

PUTRAJAYA: The Government has not made a decision to clamp down on bloggers, said Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak. 

But at the same time, he advised Malaysians not to break any laws, 

“There is no special decision to go against bloggers but citizens must be aware that there are laws in this country,” he said, when commenting on the police report lodged against the Malaysia Today website yesterday by Umno information chief Tan Sri Muhammad Muhammad Taib. 

Muhammad who lodged the report yesterday at Tun H.S. Lee police station in Kuala Lumpur stated that Malaysia Today carried a series of comments and remarks that insulted the King, degraded Islam and incited hatred and violence in the country on July 11. 

“I think they are very irresponsible and forget that our country has the sensitivities on the Yang di-Pertuan Agong institution, race and religion,” Muhammad told reporters at the police station.  

Najib said anyone could lodge a police report and that it was up to the authorities to investigate whether any law had been contravened. 

The report against the blog is the second incident involving bloggers within 10 days. 

Last week, Parti Keadilan Rakyat information bureau staff Nathaniel Tan was remanded to facilitate investigations under the Official Secrets Act (OSA) as he was believed to be in possession of documents linked to Deputy Internal Security Minister Datuk Johari Baharom’s alleged involvement in corruption. 

Earlier, Najib chaired a meeting with leaders of the Overseas Chambers of Commerce and Organisations, Associated Chinese Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Malaysia and corporate leaders from Malaysia, Hong Kong and China. 

Najib said the leaders expressed satisfaction in investing in Malaysia especially on being received well and finding less hassle bringing funds in and out of the country.  

“It is a little early for them to commit themselves to any project but they have given positive feedback on growth centres like the Iskandar Development Region,” he said.

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