It’s only to be expected. Tony is, after all, a DAP evangelista. ‘Sneaky’ is their middle name.
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Rahman: “A government must make a stand”
Among the things Rahman Dahlan is doing right as BN strategic communications director, he’s putting his foot down and drawing a line in the sand.
“No government in the world will allow such blatant lies and controversial news to operate within a country.
“We know very well that Sarawak Report might be able to use other avenues to broadcast their vicious lies to Malaysia but we as a government must make a stand,” Abdul Rahman, who is also Barisan Nasional’s (BN) strategic communications director, told reporters at his open house in Tuaran today (20 July 2015) .
The Malay Mail quoted Rahman as further saying, “Whether they can go around the system and still address Malaysians, that’s their problem. But at least the government is making a stand“.
When told that Sarawak Report has circumvented the MCMC block and other websites were also reproducing the Sarawak Report contenets, Rahman was reported by Malay Mail to have replied,
“Who is going to stop them? This is an open society but the government is making a stand by law, using laws and there are provisions in the laws of MCMC that any website, news portal already proven to be using tampered documents can be shut down.”
According to Rahman, the government has to make a stand, which is clearly that Putrajaya will not tolerate any website using tampered documents.
He said regardless of whether Sarawak Report is able to get around the MCMC block, at least the government is making a stand nonetheless.
Prior to this, the government has not taken a firm stand with the portal-portal penfitnmah tegar yang dibiarkan saja bermaharajalela.
It’s both refreshing and a relief to hear Rahman state firmly that the government has got a stand. Otherwise we had even quite forgotten Putrajaya has one since the authorities have been so lackadaisical.
Next we’re really looking forward to the government taking action against The Edge and its sister publication The Malaysian Inciter.