Monday, August 10, 2009

Dartuk Rais internet filter plan

We wish to express our grave disappointment over the BN federal government’s plan to filter control the flow of blogging and internet news portals. These actions are greatly undemocratic and dictatorial in human rights aspect.

What the information, cultural and heritage minister Datuk Seri Dr Rais Yatim planned to do for the BN clearly shows that the BN-Umno coalition had totally conceived defeat. They wanted their mainstream media to continue monopolize the information flow to the public. They wanted all information to the public to be censored to ensure BN and Umno continue to stay in power for as long as they want.

Besides, the BN also intend to filter the internet in order to severe the communications between the Pakatan Rakyat (PR) and the people as a whole. The problem they should think is, are they able to do that?

The BN-Umno coalition government did not want the truth to be channeled to the people. They knew that it was because of our bloggers who spread to the public the truth about BN and Umno’s wrongdoings, corruptions and power abuse, they lost badly in the last general elections.

We also welcome a BN component party member, Gerakan who openly protest plans to censor the internet and hope they will not go backward just because of Umno’s pressure. Gerakan had earlier stated its intention to join the Anti ISA rally on 1 August but pulled out in the last minute due to pressure from their BN dominant party Umno who voiced their dissatisfaction over Gerakan’s non-BN move.

Look, even in the BN fold there are no practical democracy at all. All BN component parties do not even have they rights to express their opinions or voice their criticisms over certain issues of public importance. They are required to respect and support whatever decisions made and determined by the dominant force of the coalition, Umno without any questions or say in opinions.

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