KUALA LUMPUR, June 16 (Bernama) — Civil servants are prohibited from using modem facilities to gain direct access to the Internet because this is against the guidelines on Internet use and electronic mail in government agencies, said Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak.
The guidelines, which were issued in 2003, governed the use of the Internet by civil servants, the Prime Minister said in a written reply to a question from Teresa Kok (DAP-Seputeh) in the Dewan Rakyat Tuesday.
Other activities that violated the guidelines on the use of the Internet in government offices included preparing, uploading, downloading and storing of pictures, songs or text which may be offensive and can cause fear among other Internet users.
Civil servants are also not allowed to abuse online facilities like newsgroups and bulletin boards, use “chatrooms”, use the Internet for personal purposes or engage in commercial or political activities.
Najib said the government had also blocked several websites and blogs that had pornography elements or carried seditious postings while several websites and blogs were being probed by the police but had yet to be banned.
He added that to date, action had been taken against nine people, eight by the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission and the other by the Police.
In his written reply to Wee Choo Keong (PKR-Wangsa Maju), Najib said Bank Negara Malaysia (BNM) was constantly monitoring adherence to guidelines on the issuing of credit cards.
BNM reserved the right to act against issuers who flouted the guidelines, he said, adding that the type of action depended on the seriousness of the offence.
Source : Bernama