Singapore Media Watch

Monday, October 23, 2006

Roundup of regional news - 23 October 2006

The Star

I'm satisfied, says Mahathir

PUTRAJAYA: Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad said he was satisfied with the private meeting he had with Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi yesterday because he was able to have his say.

Dr Mahathir said he fulfilled his intention to pour out what was in his heart over issues he had raised against Abdullah in recent months.

However, the former Prime Minister said he would continue to criticise the current administration if he felt “anything done is not good for the country.”

Dr Mahathir said he had raised various matters, including the crooked bridge, the Approved Permits issue, International Trade and Industry Minister Datuk Seri Rafidah Aziz and Proton. (Read more...)

China Daily

Blog real name system undecided

NANCHANG -- With widespread online rumor saying China will implement a blog real name system, the Internet Society of China (ISC) has clarified that so far the Ministry of Information Industry has not officially made any related policies.

However, a real name system will be an unavoidable choice if China wants to standardize and develop its blog industry, Huang Chengqing, ISC secretary general, told Xinhua on Sunday.

An official with the ISC confirmed on Thursday that the society is working on a real name system for Chinese bloggers, which attested to netizens' longtime guess about it and triggered a hot controversy. (Read more...)


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