Long Yew Foo, a SINCHEW reporter sent me some questions on the current blogger situation today. I didn’t quite made the deadline, so I thought I may as well share my answers here with you (my answers in bold):
1. What do you think, will the government act against boggers who belittle Islam and the King﹖
If the government targets you, it can do anything. They have arrested blogger and PKR webmaster Nat Tan without proving he is guilty. It can happen to any of us, any time, for any reason, without consideration for rule of law or justice.
2.Government said they want to impose some regulations to tighten up the rules and regulation on bloggers.Are you going to stop writing or become more “careful” in writing blogs?
NO! I am a responsible blogger. I believe in sharing information, in clarification and exposing untruths. I will continue to do so. There is no reason to be more careful than I already am.
I believe in freedom of speech and that there are consequences, especially in a repressive state. But I do caution my commentators to be on the watch out. They can get you anytime also if they want. Why let them get to me, to get to you?
3. Nazri’s recent statement:”In the name of freedom,these websites allow the broadcast of slander,lies and swearing,the use of harsh,degrading language and racial slurs without regard for the reader or those concerned”How far this statement from true?Why?
If it slander, lies and swearing, prove it. Tell us the truth. When you arrest a blogger for doing such thing, how are we to know whether what he says is truth or lies. Because it his/her words against You/the government. Why not refute his allegations with facts and figures. If a blogger lies, soon he will have no readers. We, readers, are NOT morons.
4.Is is possible for Malaysia’s government to control bloggers?Why?
The government can do anything it wants because the authority and laws are in their hands. Why? So that they can continue to carry out injustice, and those who speak against them will be punished.
5.Based on your opinion,why does the government suddenly want to regulate blogs on internet?
a) because bloggers are getting more popular than the government controlled media, therefore whatever propaganda the government wants to tell us will not work
b) the ruling parties within the government (UMNO) is having an internal/leadrship crisis, so its best to silence bloggers who might and can expose these truth
c) general election is coming, BN not confident of winning significantly, so better threaten bloggers and at the same time, threaten all those who practise and believe in free speech.
So, at the end of the day, it will be only the government/BN/Umno propaganda that reaches the rakyat.
Long ended his mail by saying “Thank you for your concern,and really looking forward from blogger’s voice rather than one side story”.
And you, my friends, are welcomed to add in your views.