May 15, 2007
KUALA LUMPUR, May 14 (Bernama) — The blogsite operator who reported that Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi fainted at a function in Lumut, Perak, Sunday could face action including being charged under the Sedition Act if the article contained elements of slander.
Deputy Minister of Energy, Water and Communications Datuk Shaziman Abu Mansor said the ministry was studying the report before deciding on the type of action to be taken against the blogger.
“I have not read the report in the blogsite but if there are elements of slander, action can be taken under the Penal Code. This comes under the Internal Security Ministry,” he told reporters at the parliament lobby here today.
He was commenting on a report in a blogsite that Abdullah fainted at the function in Lumut. The Prime Minister has since denied the report and regretted its inaccuracy.
btw, from the wording of this Bernama report, is it the blogger or blogsite operator that gets charged? If it’s the latter, isn’t that Blogger.com i.e. Google? That would be interesting.