Malaysia floats Internet laws to rein in bloggers

Malaysia’s The Star newspaper quotes a senior science and technology official as saying that Kuala Lumpur needs to update its cyber laws to help rein in “irresponsibility” the country’s burgeoning blogging community. Deputy Science, Technology and Innovation Minister Datuk Kong Cho Ha told the paper that “we need to have stricter cyber laws to prevent these bloggers from disseminating disharmony, chaos, seditious material and lies… We are talking about creating cyber laws to control those who misuse the Internet.” Kong added: “We want our bloggers to be responsible, to keep within the rules and not put up seditious articles that can create disharmony and chaos.”

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