Thursday, August 28, 2008

The Government blocks Malaysia Today...

Pak Lah government made another boo-boo. They are blocking my favorite website... Malaysia Today despite Malaysia's promise to the world that the Government of this country will not censor the Internet. Just like Rocky posting... we are telling foreign investors to go and fly kite elsewhere... read Google, Go Away! Read also below:
Government to target blogosphere next

Malaysian Insider (26/8/08) Next up: a crackdown on bloggers. This possibility looms large after the government reached a sober assessment that it could all end in tears for the Barisan Nasional at the next general election if tough action is not taken to counter allegations on the Net and hold owners of blogs accountable.

This conclusion was reached during a meeting last week involving several Cabinet ministers and senior government officials, including Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak.

Government officials noted that some 400,000 new voters are registered each year. Assuming that the next polls are in five years, there would be two million new voters the next time the BN seeks a fresh mandate. A large chunk of these two million voters are likely to obtain their news and information from websites and blogs, and not from the mainstream media.

Several ministers noted that if the government followed its current policy of allowing allegations by bloggers to go unchallenged, this would create the perception that the information being posted is accurate.

"There is a growing consensus in government that those who run websites and blogs should be held accountable and this means that laws should be used to take action against those who defame and spread disinformation.

"If not, we are going to have a situation where everyone will be free to make all sorts of allegations with no downside at all. There is a fear that the trust level with BN would be very low if nothing is done, '' said a senior government official familiar with details of the meeting.

The prevailing mood in the government against the alternative media is one of frustration. After decades of being able to control newspapers and television stations through a raft of legislation, government officials and politicians are finding that their tools are useless in setting boundaries for new media.

At last week's meeting, an official of the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC) explained that the authorities have not come down hard on websites and bloggers because Section 3 of the Communications and Multimedia Act prohibits any form of censorship.

But government officials corrected him and said that the guarantee that the Internet would not be censored did not preclude legal action from being taken against bloggers for defamation and sedition.

They pointed out that the Singapore government had hauled several bloggers to court for a series of offences and suggested that the Malaysian government should follow suit. In the aftermath of Election 2008, Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi said that the government paid a heavy price by allowing accusations and reports on the Internet to go unchallenged.

He said that the BN underestimated the power of the Internet and committed a serious misjudgment by relying on the mainstream media in the run-up to the general election. His comments resulted in the Information Ministry reaching out to some prominent bloggers and giving them some air-time on television but by and large the relationship between the alternative media and the government has remained testy.

In recent months, Raja Petra Kamaruddin, the country's best-known political blogger, has had a running battle with Najib and his wife, implicating both of them in the October 2006 murder of Mongolian model Altantuya Shariibuu. The DPM has also been on the receiving end of other damaging allegations.

His supporters in Umno have been pushing for a more hardnosed approach in dealing with bloggers and operators of news portals, arguing that the softer touch by the Abdullah administration has resulted in daily attacks on ministers and BN politicians.

Critics of the government said that instead of focusing on bloggers and the alternative media, they should strive for more accountability and transparency, and remove the shackles on the mainstream media.
But I can still read Malaysia today :P and they are fighting back... read Yeh, yeh, kita menang! When will the Government learn that in this day and age you can't censor the internet. This really shows how dumb Pak Lah is. Tun Dr. Mahathir didn't censor the internet during his tenure even though Malaysia Today bashed him like hell.

The PM is totally gone bonkers. He is really in distress. This poor bugger doesn't realize that people are feed up with him. Permatang Pauh by-election shows the reality... Anwar won big time... bigger majority... UMNO's vote were down from previous... even UMNO people vote for Anwar. It is high time for UMNO guys to kick this fella out now. What the people want is CHANGE... and people don't care if Anwar is a sodomite or a big liar because he promises change... and he shows he can deliver change. So people of UMNO... show that you guys can also change... kick Pak Lah out now! Read Tun Dr. Mahathir's posting Permatang Pauh. Kick Pak Lah now or UMNO will be the opposition come next election... baru padan muka seko-seko.

You guys can still link to Malaysia Today through my 'Blogs I click' :D


Conspiracy Theorist said...

Bro Wassap,

heheh...wat can I say,..wat do u expect frm an idiotic moron like PLah..(,")


Muhammad Ridzuan said...

sebenarnya aku tak pernah pun bukak Malaysian Today sebelum dia kena block tu...tapi lepas kena block tu aku terus berminat nak tau apa yang ditulis kat aku gi la mirror site dia tu dan memang interesting apa yang ada... issues yang aku tak tahu pun ada tapi arini aku rasa RPK really crosses the line bila dia tulis pasal tudung tu... ini semua Islam liberal punya geng la ni...dia patut stick tu political issues la aku rasa...