3 Ministries will monitor Internet for violation of laws

PUTRAJAYA: Dismissing a news report that the government was designing a software to block websites, Information, Communication and Culture Minister Datuk Seri Dr Rais Yatim said today three ministries have been tasked to look into ways to curb the spread of lies and seditious materials on the Internet.

He said that the ministries involved would look at instances of sedition, fraud and child pornography on the Internet to provide law enforcement agencies with the necessary information.

"This has been done today (at the weekly cabinet meeting)," he told reporters after the launch of the Fly Jalur Gemilang campaign by Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak, here.

The ministers involved are the Home Minister, Information Communication and Culture Minister and Minister in the Prime Minister's Department Datuk Seri Nazri Aziz.

"They have been tasked to look into the matter and report back on the various possible ways to address the issue," he said.

He also denied a report by a foreign newswire that the government was designing a software to block certain websites deemed to have been used by people to spread lies and seditious materials.

He added that although some research had been done into the matter, the government had no implicit applications designed for the purpose to date.

"This will have to be looked at by the National Security Council. It must come up with some preventive measures," he said.

He said that Malaysia upheld the rule of law and that anyone who went against the law would have to be answerable to it.

"If the law has been violated, the perpetrator will have to answer to it... this is not the question of censorship whatsoever," he added. - BERNAMA

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