BUM 2009 – on Malaysiakini TV

Former prime minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad has denied that during his long tenure as prime minister, he had imposed censorship on the mainstream media.

In his 30-minute speech at the Bloggers United Malaysia (BUM) dialogue in Subang Jaya this evening, Mahathir said the media self-censored itself because it tried to ‘second guess’ what government leaders want.

http://www.malaysiakini.tv/video/17074

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Former prime minister Mahathir Mohamad said that it was censorship from the government that drove him to blogging in May 2008 — four years after resigning as PM.

Gagging a politician from talking is not a good idea, added Mahathir, because we politicians like to talk.

You can kill a politician by preventing him from talking… I have a big mouth so I use it quite often, said Mahathir to the laughter from the 200-strong crowd.

Mahathir revealed that his http://www.chedet.cc has received 19 million visitors within a year.

http://www.malaysiakini.tv/video/17073

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