More than 2 weeks since the announcement of new Internet regulations, the public is still none the wiser.
Even foreigners and foreign organisations which might be affected by the new rules are still trying to understand the licensing regime. The government indicated that it will amend the Broadcasting Act to include foreign websites in the regulations next year.
The attempts at communicating and explaining the licensing framework are even more perplexing. The sequence of events since the announcements shows how ill-prepared the Ministry for Communications and Information (MCI) and the Media Development Authority (MDA) are in engaging the public.
From the inadequate explanation of the new regulations, to the rather unceremonious withdrawal of the MDA chief executive officer from a TV programme at the last minute to be replaced by Acting Manpower Minister Tan Chuan Jin to provide – unconvincingly - “a non-MCI perspective” on the matter; from the (Freudian) slip of the tongue by MCIRead More »from New MDA licensing rules: Finding a way forward