KUALA LUMPUR, 1 June 2009: Although the internet, particularly blogs, could be used to frighten people and create panic, it is also useful for making the truth known, said former prime minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad.
He said the knowledge that can be accessed through the internet is limitless, but knowledge and its acquisition could be for good or evil.
“The blogs, for example, can be used to demonise people, scare them and create panic. The SMS (Short Message System) can be used for similar purposes.
“But we know how useful they can be for making the truth known and for individuals to air their views and feelings freely,” he said in his speech at the inaugural launch of OSDC.my and Open Source Industry Global Linkage here today.
Mahathir revealed that during his premiership, he had been told that there was no secrecy on the internet, and since the government was using it a lot, he had suggested the country should develop its own operating system.
“I think a lot of computer-savvy government staff tried hard but got nowhere,” Mahathir said. — Bernama