The Communications and Multimedia Minister Tan Sri Annuar Musa said his Ministry is reviewing laws to enable the authorities to monitor and control the content on streaming services like Netflix.
He said the existing laws cannot be applied to those providing over-the-top (OTT) streaming services as well as companies operating overseas, but admits that Malaysian authorities are powerless to regulate content streamed from abroad.
“To answer your question, we have to admit that we face difficulty to regulate streaming services including Netflix.” Annuar said in response to a question raised by Dungun Member of Parliament Wan Hassan Mohd Ramli in the Dewan Rakyat yesterday (30 November).
Wan Hassan has asked the government to censor LGBTQ shows or “sexual content” aired by streaming service provider Netflix.
PAS also has long fought for strict punishment against the LGBTQ community, and have pushed for laws to “ban” them in the country.
The conservatives have long sought to censor the Internet, claiming the platform promotes immoral behaviour if not regulated.
However, the rights group had countered the claims and warned that Internet censorship will curb free expression and silence dissent.
So far, past administrations have refused to censor the Internet, but often on technical grounds.
The former Communications and Multimedia Minister Datuk Seri Saifuddin Abdullah, had vowed that no attempt to censor the internet would succeed under his watch.
However, Annuar has not made such pledge, but he did say that streaming service providers like Netflix have a parental guidance ratings system in place, and that regulation can be made voluntarily.
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