Malaysia Today blog operator and editor Raja Petra Raja Kamarudin who was released from detention under the Internal Security Act (ISA) on Friday, is free to return to writing.

However, stern action would be taken if he is found to have broken the law through his write-ups in the future, Information Minister Datuk Ahmad Shabery Cheek said today.

Other people who felt they had been defamed by his writing also had the right to institute legal proceedings, he told reporters here.

The Shah Alam High Court freed Raja Petra on Friday after holding that the grounds for his detention did not come within the scope of Section 8 of the ISA under which he had been detained.

Shabery said the government had never stifled media freedom or an individual’s freedom of expression and action would only be taken if laws had been broken and there were threats to national security.

“We have to understand that many people are not aware that media freedom in the country does exist.

“Bloggers can write in their blogs because of the internet and who allows the technology if not the government?” he said.

Shabery said the court’s decision proved that the judiciary institution in the country was not in the hands of the government.

Although the prosecution was probably not happy with the decision, the court is vested with the right to do so, he said.

Earlier, he presented school equipments contributed by Toyo Engineer & Construction Sdn Bhd and Institution of Engineers Malaysia to 303 students from Chukai and Air Putih.

— BERNAMA