Electronic democracy does not exist in Malaysia, nor would it in the foreseeable future. There is no community networking online, email lobbying of political candidates .... there is a disinterest about it amongst the citizenry and, despite its promise to be at the cutting edge of technology, the government. There is no commitment to it. For e-democracy to succeed, there must first be a culture of involvement by the citizenry and government. The Prime Minister is all for it. But many cabinet ministers I know do not even know how to extract their emails from their computers. This is the norm, not the Internet-savvy Malaysian we have to consider. MGG Pilai, list-owner of Sang Kancil, Malaysia-net, May 2002, E-mail interview.
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