Internet use: With great power comes great responsibility, says deputy minister

  • Nation
  • Saturday, 20 Jan 2018

HULU TERENGGANU: As the Government works to provide 95% of the population with Internet connectivity by 2020, it hopes netizens will also learn to use it responsibly.

Deputy Communications and Multimedia Minister, Datuk Seri Jailani Johari (pic) said irresponsible use of the Internet could only bring hurt, even to the extent of breaking up families.

"Studies show that we spend about four hours a day on the Internet and there could be opportunists lurking on the Web, just waiting to take advantage of people's sadness," he said.

Jailani said family problems could also arise if people start sharing fake and unverified news.

He was responding to a statement made by the Chief Judge of the Terengganu Syariah Court who said that social media is one of the contributing factors to divorce.

This was after the judge revealed that the court had to deal with an average of 10 divorce applications a day.

Jailani also reminded Malaysians to develop the habit of fact-checking any information or news that they come across in the media.

"Whatever platform you use to get information, whether online or offline, make sure you check with the proper authorities," he said.

He added that the authorities could include medical experts, financial professionals, and even religious leaders.

Jailani was speaking at the launch of the Connecting the Unconnected programme in Kg Landas, Ajil, which aims to improve telecommunication facilities including TV, radio and Internet access in underserved areas.

The programme was introduced in 2016 as part of the Government's National Blue Ocean Strategy (NBOS) and has benefited over 400,000 people, he said.

The Hulu Terengganu MP also handed out aid to 400 single mothers and orphans in the district.

About 40 residents living in dilapidated houses also had their homes repaired at the cost of RM400,000.


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