So, the Prime Minister or rather the Government has no intention to get to know, register and record the particulars of each and every Internet user i.e. bloggers and online news portal writers in the country. There has been some serious mis-reporting on the part of even the most trusted main stream media. This to a certain extend reflects on the quality or rather the level of responsibility in some newsrooms today. It's about responsibility, about taking pride in doing what you do. Even if you are doing it just for 'cari makan', or you happen to be the best buddy of the top most editor in your organisation, responsibility remains the cornerstone. If it had been a Kadir, Dollah or Hardev sitting at the top, heads would have rolled into the bin the moment the PM's office clarified those erroneous reports about the PM wanting to 'discipline' the social media. At the going rate, most probably such 'hiccups' would be forgotten and life will go on as usual, while the circulation and readership (viewership) continue to head in a predictable direction. At the Malaysia Press Institute-Petronas Media Awards 2012 nite, the Prime Minister had actually expressed high regards to the mainstream media practitioners for their 'code of ethics'. Najib had indeed praised the mainstream media. Only to be disappointed shortly afterwards.
In his speech, the Prime Minister said :-
"The freedom accorded to the social media must be parallel with a sense of responsibility.
"Often, in the domain of social media, there are mischievous writers who will use the space given to them to relay information containing slanderous elements that can jeopardise harmony.
"It is my hope that the suggestions given are not against the Communications and Multimedia Act and also those provisions under the MSC Malaysia's Bill Of Guarantee which states that the Internet will not be censored.
Whose idea was it to 'plant' the idea about social media in the PM's speech? The PM didn't read/deliver the part in his text which wanted to 'discipline' bloggers and friends. The Prime Minister has made it very clear that he is no puppet. Who wants to be the puppeteer then?
p/s What is the difference between an advisor and a puppeteer?