Malaysians advised against being immersed in Facebook, Twitter
SEREMBAN: Malaysians, especially Muslims, must avoid being totally immersed in the internet culture, especially Facebook and Twitter, said Information Communication and Culture Minister Datuk Seri Dr Rais Yatim.
He added that facilities like internet could not be accepted wholly because it was a form of business introduced by the West and "Malaysians were just users."
"We are not saying that they cannot use Facebook or Twitter but when using such facilities they must upkeep the values taught by Islam, Buddhism or Christianity to maintain our culture," he told reporters after opening a Seminar on the 1Malaysia concept here on Saturday.
He added that Malaysians who used internet services on social networking sites should be careful with what they see and hear.
"We must be strong in our believes and culture because the identity and image of our country depends on us.
"They are just selling Facebook, Twitter, L-Band and various other services, even through space, as a product but we do not do such business. We accept all this in a state of cultural shock," he said.
He chided some Malaysians who belittled those who were no[t] savvy of the Facebook and Twitter culture.
"We should not be quick to condemn or look down on those who do not use Facebook. Newspapers are still relevant, so is Facebook, but do not be carried away with everything and disregard the old system," he said.
Rais also praised the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (SKMM) for its success in tracking down a student from the National Arts Culture and Heritage Academy for posting a public safety threatening comment on Facebook about the recent spate of attacks on churches while discussing the ongoing "Allah" controversy on the popular social networking website.
"Syabas to the commission for its action in nailing those who used Facebook, Twitter and SMS for the wrong reasons.
"As a former analyst of the law in the country, I wish to advise the people that they cannot escape from the law for their actions," he said.
Rais said the Information Department had also found that 62% of Malaysians understood the 1Malaysia concept.
He added that the Government would initiate more programmes featuring the 1Malaysia concept, especially for students. - BERNAMA
via The Star
While you digest that, take offence and proceed to laugh at him, let's appreciate the irony that Malaysians have used to strike back at Rais. They made #yorais jokes on Twitter and it became a trending topic (for a couple of hours)!
What is up with Rais? More than once, Rais has said something that isn't in line with what Najib's doing. Here he goes dissing social media and whaddaya know, Najib uses Twitter! And who can forget how gung ho Rais was about censoring the internet? Unfortunately for Rais, Najib came back with a "we're not censoring the net, you moron". I also remember Najib encouraging Malaysians to think globally and act locally, and I believe that includes utilising social media to help you gain an advantage (if it helps your work). So Mr. PM, is this the kind of person you want in your administration? I wouldn't pick him to be in my... anything.
Also, visit Rais' Facebook page. Yeah, you read right. That dude has a Facebook page.
Remember kids, no one can escape the law. Unless you're affiliated with BN.
And yes, I'm facebooking and tweeting in a constant state of shock, my eyebrows are permanently arched.