Some people in Sarawak appear to be getting jittery about social media. Now comes this clampdown on civil servants there. Could this be a move to plug “leaks” about real leakages?
The Sarawak government should explain how such social media has been “destructive”. Do I detect some paranoia here?
This report from the Borneo Post:
Civil servants not allowed to have official Facebook accounts
Posted on November 29, 2013, Friday
KUCHING: State civil servants are not allowed to have official Facebook accounts and those violating the order would face disciplinary action.
State Secretary Tan Sri Datuk Amar Mohd Morshidi Abdul Ghani stressed that the Sarawak State General Orders prohibit anyone in the civil service from having official Facebook accounts.
“Under our General Orders, government servants are disallowed from having official Facebook accounts but if they open private accounts that is beyond our control.
“We can’t stop people from creating their individual personal accounts because that is a private matter. We can only take action against them if they create one officially. However, up to now we have not received reports on the use of official Facebook (accounts) in the state civil service,” he told a press conference yesterday.
He concurred with Chief Minister Pehin Sri Abdul Taib Mahmud’s statement that social media was among the challenges that the government has to deal with today, because if left unchecked it could be very destructive.
In his winding up speech at the State Legislative Assembly (DUN) on Wednesday, Taib cautioned Sarawakians to use all forms of social media with great wisdom.
He said that if not used properly and wisely, social media could bring about more bad than good to society.
He warned that the incitement of hateful emotions and even hatred could be a nasty by-product of modern technology and thus should be avoided.
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