MSC Bill of Guarantees
In the mid to late 1990s, the Internet was the equivalent of the Wild West, and Tun Mahathir was one of the few world leaders who recognised the Internet as a transformative force.
To do so, incentives need to be established and this was done so via the MSC Bill of Guarantees that ensures no Internet censorship by Malaysian authorities. That is to say, there is to be a free flow of information, greater transparency, and accountability.
In recent times, however, the government of the day has gone back on these guarantees by calling on for more stringent regulation and silencing online criticism of the government.
This has included the blocking of online publishing platform Medium and certain websites like the Sarawak Report when documents pertaining to 1MDB were revealed online last year.
Sadly, even Tun Mahathir himself has expressed regret over the bill’s guarantee of an uncensored Internet.