Rais asks bloggers to stop writing untruths

(Bernama) – Information, Communications and Culture Minister Datuk Seri Dr Rais Yatim today advised bloggers against writing untruths and touching on personal matters.

He said those writing untruths would be penalised under the Communications and Multimedia Act.

“They can criticise the government but if they write untruths then we will take action under the Communications (and Multimedia) Act,” he told reporters after a visit to the Information Department at Wisma Sime Darby, here.

Dr Rais said the matter was also discussed at the first meeting of the new Cabinet today.

He also said that Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak had agreed to have the official name of the ministry changed to Information, Communications and Culture, with the removal of the word “Arts”.

He said the three ministries amalgamated into one would undertake greater enforcement under the Communications and Multimedia Act.

Dr Rais said the ministry would implement the One Malaysia programme with resolve so that it was understood and accepted by all levels of society.

“The implementation of this idea must be integrated in terms of the society, economy and social interests,” he said.

He said the essence of the concept would be explained through the various mediums under the ministry, and it was hoped that all departments would play their important roles respectively.

Dr Rais said the Information Department was reminded to give priority to the public interest in the villages, new villages and urban centres in the delivery of information and social guidance.

He said information officers in the districts should pool their resources with all departments under the ministry to produce effective services, information and practices pertaining to government policies.

Dr Rais was accompanied on the visit to the department by the two deputy ministers, Datuk Joseph Salang Gandum and Senator Heng Seai Kie, as well as Director-General of Information Datuk Abdullah Morad.