The Malaysian government has warned it could use tough anti-terrorism laws against bloggers who insult Islam or the country’s king. The move comes as one of Malaysia’s leading online commentators has been questioned by police following a complaint by the main governing party. The new rules would allow a suspect to be detained indefinitely, without being charged or put on trial. But officials insist the law is not intended to strangle internet freedom.
Deputy Prime Minister Najib Razak told The Straits Times that the move was aimed at getting some moderation in postings on the internet, especially on sensitive issues: “Some people feel that they have crossed the line, in making racist remarks,” he said. But the BBC’s Jonathan Kent in Kuala Lumpur says the government also appears increasingly concerned about the growing online criticism of its record.
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