Since becoming Information Minister, Rais Yatim, unlike his predecessor has been at odd with bloggers especially pro-opposition bloggers. At a point he even suggested that bloggers in the country to be registered.

Today he said, the government (Information, Communications and Culture and Home Ministries) have been monitoring blogs to ensure that the content adheres to local laws.

“My ministry will monitor these blogs under the Communications and Multimedia Act,”

“We inform them about the various laws that they should be aware of when they blog, especially those relating to racial harmony and national security.

“We also remind them about the existence of legislation such as the Sedition Act, Defamation Act and Internal Security Act,” he said.