MCMC now says study is on Internet use

(The Malaysian Insider) With the government at sixes and sevens over a controversial plan to filter the Internet, the Malaysian Communication and Multimedia Commission (MCMC) today clarified it is only proposing a study to “gauge the use of the Internet in a positive and safe manner”.

The commission said reports on the study has been taken out of context and sensationalised although information, communication and culture minister Datuk Seri Rais Yatim confirmed this morning that authorities aim to police the Internet to shut out smut.

However, prime minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak said later in the day that the government will not censor the Internet.

“MCMC in conjunction with this year’s World Telecommunication and Information Society Day’s theme: Protecting Children in Cyberspace and in line with our own efforts to promote positive use of the Internet and to ensure the safety of children and the conduct of businesses online, is proposing a study to gauge the use of the Internet in a positive and safe manner”,” it said in a statement.

The commission noted the study coupled with it’s regular annual Household Use of Internet Survey, would give them a better view on Malaysians’ online preferences.

“The data gathered through the study would help to spur the creation of more Malaysian-based online content and applications,” it contended.

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