There are Limits to Freedom, Warns Khairy

December 17, 2006

Source: New Straits Time

KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysians should not abuse the freedom they have to openly debate and criticise issues.

Deputy Umno Youth head Khairy Jamaluddin said he was all for the open atmosphere, where government policies and leaders could be criticised by the media and where issues could be discussed, but warned that there were certain limits that needed to be adhered to.

"This openness is good for today’s political climate but we have to approach it ethically and wisely.

"We cannot push it too far, too soon, as we are still a maturing democracy.

"Racial sensitivities still exist and we should respect these boundaries," he said after opening the People’s Progressive Party Youth wing convention at the Putra World Trade Centre yesterday.