KUALA LUMPUR, April 5 – Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Datuk Seri Azalina Othman has denied stating that the Wall Street Journal (WSJ) should not be blocked claiming that news portal Malaysiakini had misquoted her. Azalina in a statement over an article titled, ‘Azalina: Shouldn’t block WSJ, M’sia not a communist nation,’ expressed that her comment was made generally without referring to any media or news agency.
She said she was emphasising that Malaysia is a democratic country and not a communist country, while she was making a reference to notion of freedom of expression and not relating it to any specific news agency. Azalina explained that the government of today had demonstrated a high level of tolerance and acceptance when it came to criticism from all quarters especially in social media.
“This is certainly crucial with the rise of social media where people can openly criticise our leaders on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Blogs, etc. This shows readiness of the government in accepting any criticism as long as it is constructive. Therefore, my comments were on the notion of freedom of expression and not about blocking or unblocking a certain news agency,” she said.