|'Let people say what they want'|
|Thursday, 05 July 2012 09:21am|
©Malay Mail (Used by permission)
by Hamzah Nazari
CUSTOMERS using their laptops at restaurants and cafes were surprised when informed of the impact of the amendment to the Evidence Act.
There were mixed responses on the issues ranging with some finding it unfair while others deeming it necessary that free Wi-Fi providers be held accountable for the actions of their users.
A 21-year-old broadcasting student, who called himself Wai Kin, described the amendment as "absurd".
"It's their (the restaurant's) network and they are willing to share it with people and, in turn, they get abused by a third party," he said.
"The Internet is free. Look at online forums as an example. Sometimes it's private, sometimes it's public, but people should be allowed to say what they want."
He said although he would prefer the amendment repealed, it had positive and negative effects.
"It's just words, unless it involves threats or something dangerous but then, the rest of the time its not worth it."
He said if restaurants were to take extra measures, people would adapt and carry on.
"People can't live without the Internet, but if security measures were put into place, we will get used to it as long as it wasn't too complicated."
Priyanka Supramaniam, 21, a mass communications student, reacted with shock when told of the move.
"I don't want to get blamed for someone else's mistakes," she said.
She said she would have be against it if told earlier. "I didn't know such a law at all. I would oppose it if I knew about it."
Priyanka said she would no longer give her friends free access to her computers of her home Wi-Fi. "I won't let people use my laptop or my home network."
She said the amendment should be changed. "There should be a better way to punish the person who did it."
On the other hand, a student, who only wanted to be known as Presvin, was supportive of the amendment. "You have to put some security."
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