27 May 2005

Malaysia moves to block Internet porn


Malaysia is moving to block access to Internet pornography, with government departments already restricted and schools to follow, reports said.
Deputy Prime Minister Najib Razak said action was being taken after news reports that Malaysians could access 1.5 million sex sites.
"We are worried by the presence of these websites on the Internet. While we accept the use and application of modern technology, the downside of technology needs to be considered too," he was quoted as saying by the New Straits Times.
While the Internet will not be censored in the Multimedia Super Corridor, a centre for local high-tech firms, Najib said the restrictions will be extended outside government offices to other sectors, which he did not specify.
Malaysia's Education Minister Hishammuddin Hussein said separately that school computers will soon be fitted with software to block access to pornography.
The government committed 800 million ringgit last year to expand access to broadband facilities in rural areas and schools, government offices, universities and research institutions.

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