Minister of Information, Communications, Culture and Arts Rais Yatim said the ministry preferred to take follow-up efforts than legal action against those who have violated the laws.
He said they, however, have to act against the hardcore perpetrators.“Those who have broken the laws have to face legal action. If we do not act on them, it is the fault of the administration. But I stress that using legal action will be our last resort,’’ he said.
Sounds better than Syed Hamid. However, the government should work harder to adapt to the new mindset. Bloggers are not a special group of people. Most of them are wage-earners, law abiding citizens and citizens who used the internet channel to express their frustrations, grouses, views and opinions.
Most of them are probably unimportant enough to get a space on the mainstream media to express their views and opinions. This is the reason why they find the blogs most liberating.
Instead, the government should not fear feedback. It should not be afraid of criticism and negative feedback against its performance. A government needs to take cognisance of good client service. A good CRM model forbids an organisation to issue threat against its clients or potential clients.
Rais must ensure that his government follows the rule of law too. All of us are not above the law. This includes the UMNO leaders and members, politicians, police, royalty and judges.
Rais also called on the private broadcast media stations to be pro-active in helping to develop the society and country. He said some private television and radio stations had failed to adhere to laws that required them to play patriotic songs. I have a small advice to Rais. Playing patriotic songs to enhance unity and patriotism is so 60's and outdated. People who listen to rock music can also be patriotic.
Rais needs to change his own mindset to be able to understand and communicate with the new generation.