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from the Editor
|Khalil: Malaysia will not censor Internet
.Information Minister Khalil
Yaacob said that the government would not censor the lies that are now
widespread on the Internet, adding that censoring the Internet was technically
difficult and "will give way to some people accusing us of oppressing
freedom of expression."
An UMNO spokesman who refused to be named fully supported
Khalil's statement. "It would be a disaster if Internet lies were
censored. We would have to close down the UMNO website, the websites of
all the local newspapers and even the PM's own website will have to go."
"We would then have to rely on just the local newspapers
and TV stations. And no one believes them anyway," he lamented.
UMNO clarifies 'Chinese PM' statement
|Talking about lies, an UMNO spokesman
who refused to be named this month issued a statement clarifying Prime
Minister Mahathir Mohamad's statement last June that "it is not inconceivable
that a Chinese could one day become prime minister".
Speaking at the opening of the MCA's annual General Assembly
this year, the Prime Minister was quoted as saying that the Constitution
was silent on the ethnicity of the prime minister and that he was "confident"
that there will come a day when a citizen of Chinese or Indian descent
is accepted by all Malaysians. "The Prime Minister of Malaysia will
no longer come from the Malays only,'' Mahathir said.
Three people who will never become PM
|However, in an television interview with Taiwan's
TVBS last August, Mahathir said that it is still too early for a Chinese
to be Premier and "it is quite unlikely that we will have a Chinese
Prime Minister now."
"That alleged remark from the Prime Minister last
June was obviously misquoted," the spokesman said. "No doubt
the work of Communists in the press."