Datuk Seri Musa Aman

Sabah Chief Minister Datuk Seri Musa Aman advised Internet users tonight to be cautious when accessing news.

He said that some portals and blogs did not give the true picture and used the Internet as a platform to instigate hatred among the people against leaders and the nation.

“This is something that I am deeply concerned about and I hope bloggers and online portal providers will be more responsible in their reporting of issues,” Musa said at the presentation of the Kinabalu Shell Press Awards here.

Musa said the growing influence of the Internet as a source of news, especially among the generation born in the digital era, was an issue that traditional media outlets must deal with.

“I am aware that a number have their own online versions and allow for instant feedback and debate with readers. That’s why Internet users should be cautious when assessing or browsing the Internet for news,’ he said.

He said the media was a powerful tool as it could influence people’s way of thinking, move them into action and even change the social and political landscape of a nation, as has been seen in recent years in different parts of the world.

“It is my hope that this tool is used wisely and for the betterment of society,” he said.

Musa said the media should report on what the government was doing to make Malaysia a more competitive nation and the efforts being made to improve the level of income.

“The media must also report on critical issues of the day in an objective way and highlight stories that can help all quarters learn something new and encourage better delivery of services not only among civil servants but also in the private sector,’ he said. — Bernama