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.



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.


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