I hereby declare that Malaysian government is a dimwit twit that takes everyone as either brainless, or our brain has been stuffed by all sort of poops and smelly garbage. Why? Take a look at this! The article below was taken from The Star Malaysia, Thursday, 29th August 2008.
KUALA LUMPUR: The Malaysian Communication and Multimedia Commission (Suruhanjaya Komunikasi dan Multimedia Malaysia or SKMM) was â€œonly exercising its powerâ€ when it ordered the 19 Internet service providers (ISPs) in the country to block the Malaysia Today website.
â€œEveryone is subject to the law, even websites and blogs,â€ said Home Minister Datuk Seri Syed Hamid Albar.
â€œWe do not intend to curtail peopleâ€™s freedom or right to express themselves.
â€œBut when they publish things that are libellous, slanderous or defamatory, it is natural for SKMM to act,â€ he said in Parliament lobby on Thursday.
Earlier Thursday, SKMM confirmed that it had instructed ISPs to block Malaysia Today.
When contacted, SKMM chief operating officer Mohamed Sharil Mohamed Tarmizi, who is currently overseas, confirmed the order but declined to elaborate, saying a press conference would be held to explain why action had been taken.
Section 263 falls under the National Interest Matters part of the Act which states that an SKMM licensee would prevent their facilities from being used in, or in relation to, the commission of any offence under any law of Malaysia.
It also states that upon written request of the SKMM or any other authority, the licensee would assist to prevent the commission or attempted commission of any offence under any written law of Malaysia, including but not limited to the protection of public revenue and the preservation of national security.
Malaysia Today editor Raja Petra Kamaruddin said that blocking access to his portal was a breach of the Multimedia Super Corridor (MSC) charter and that he would turn it into “a big issue.”
Under MSC Malaysia’s 10-Point Bill of Guarantees, it is stated that that Government promised to â€œensure no Internet censorshipâ€ as part of its commitment to ensuring the success of MSC status companies.
SKMM’s move was also roundly criticised by most bloggers, who said SKMM must immediately lift the block or it will rattle investors’ confidence in the country.
National Alliance of Bloggers interim president Ahirudin Attan said it was the first time that SKMM had gone against the spirit of the promise that the Government had made.
“The promise was made not only to Malaysians but to the world that there will be no censorship of the Internet in the country.
“Google is planning to build a multibillion-ringgit datacentre here. If this is the way the Commission behaves, it is as good as telling Google to please go away.”
Ahirudin, who operates the Rocky’s Bru blog, said while it was obvious that the Government would say it was not censorship, the blocking of the popular website was definitely considered censorship.
Jelutong MP Jeff Ooi, also a blogger, noted in his Screenshots blog that SKMM has neglected Section 3 of the Act, which ends with the statement, “Nothing in this Act shall be construed as permitting the censorship of the Internet.â€
“The Commission is not the final judge to decide what is good and what is bad for Malaysians.
“Malaysians who are online are mature enough to discern between what is good and what is bad,” he said.
The Centre for Independent Journalism (CIJ) condemned the blocking of the site saying the action went against national commitments spelt out under MSC Malaysia’s Bill of Guarantees.
“The Commission and the Government should acknowledge that the problem at hand is the failure of the mainstream media to fulfil its duties in reporting information adequately, truthfully and fairly,” CIJ executive director V. Gayathry said in a statement.
In his blog, MCA vice-president Datuk Ong Tee Keat said he hoped that the SKMM would reconsider its decision and that he was a â€œlittle surprised and disturbedâ€ about what had happened.
â€œUnder the Multimedia Super Corridor (MSC) Bill of Guarantees, the government promised there would be no censorship of the Internet. I do not understand why the SKMM is resorting to this.â€
Ong said Raja Petra was already facing several charges in court.
â€œWe should let the courts decide his fate,â€ Ong said, adding that forcibly blocking access to the website would only lend more credence to his writings.
â€œIn fact, it is foolish to think that online censorship works effectively. There are still many other ways for surfers to access the portal.â€
Telecommunications expert Dinesh Nair said it would be extremely difficult for SKMM to completely block the website although there were more technical ways to make the site inaccessible.
“All he (Raja Petra) has to do is to change the website address. If they want to block it again, they would have to issue more letters. He may have lost some viewers for a couple of days but it would be back to normal soon.”
Dinesh added that although he did not agree with what SKMM had done, he could see “where they were coming from.”
“It is one thing when you are saying something and it’s an opinion but something else when you are putting it across as fact when it isn’t,” he said.
Also at Parliament, Deputy Energy, Water and Communications Minister Datuk Joseph Salang Gandum said he was not aware of SKMMâ€™s directive to the ISPs.
â€œSKMM may have briefed the minister on the issue but not me,â€ he said, adding that minister Datuk Shaziman Abu Mansor, currently in Bali, Indonesia, would return to Malaysia either later Thursday or by Friday.
Information Minister Datuk Ahmad Shabery Cheek, when asked to comment, said, â€œI am aware of the issue but it is not under my jurisdiction.â€
It is understood that only TMnet, the nation’s largest ISP, has complied with SKMM’s directive. Other ISPs contacted by The Star have declined to comment.
TMnet users can still access Malaysia Today through a mirror website however.
While unusual, SKMM’s move was not unprecedented.
For example, last year, in a concerted effort with the Securities Commission, Bank Negara Malaysia and CyberSecurity Malaysia, it closed down several websites which were suspected of being involved in fraudulent investment schemes.
First thing I saw on the newspaper today after getting back from my long and tiring business trip in Melaka is THIS bloody news. That’s it, I feel like bitching, and it’s not like my day has been all jolly and cheerful either, so pardon the language. If thoughts and imagination could kill, the whole Putrajaya and and all of it’s population would be reduced to nothing but mere ashes flying in the sky. One thing that I hate about our government is that they take us, the citizens as puppets and brainless twits. We must not see, hear or talk any evil things about them. Our mouth and fingers must be zipped and zapped up, and only utter nothing but sweet stuff about them. If we hear anything bad about us, the government would be badly undermined. Why? because they thought that we don’t know how to use our brain to think.
The Malaysian Communication and Multimedia Commission (Suruhanjaya Komunikasi dan Multimedia Malaysia or SKMM) was â€œonly exercising its powerâ€ when it ordered the 19 Internet service providers (ISPs) in the country to block the Malaysia Today website.
So that’s what Botak said. I’d say, YOU ASSHOLES are taking our rights to alternative news, news that is probably have more truth than whatever rubbish YOU people are trying to feed us. Why bother ordering MCMC to make all goddamn ISP in Malaysia to block the bloody website if the news inside holds no truth in it? Oh, slanderous, you say, but isn’t asking your retarded joker Sai Fool going around yelling and ranting like a lunatic goon that his asshole has been recently abuse by your opponent is not libel and slander? What happened to ‘innocent til proven guilty’? Oh sorry, I forgot. In Malaysia it doesn’t seems to work that way. It’s always ‘guilty til proven innocent’, isn’t it?
Don’t deny that you goons did not hire that feller to swear his ass out to tarnish your opponent’s reputation, it’s clear that he’s just another of your political toy, or rather, sex toy.
Amboi, amboi, amboi! So nice to be the one wielding power. You can easily trample anyone you think that is in your way by using law. What’s this? Government is legal gangster? So it seems. So, Botak, tell me, are you living in the stoneage or the godzilla age blocking whatever information is is on the net? Dude, your baldy head is too cooked under the sun issit? Poor thing, cannot think properly. Why not just close down all ISP instead of just blocking one site if you want to prevent malicious news that is directed at the government? It’ll be better, isn’t it? No one can online and so, no bloody, filthy and dirty news about you creeps can be circulated.
Botak, have you heard of proxy, or you’re still stuck in godzillaage? Even if the ISPs blocked the site from being accessed by the users in Malaysia, but there are many other ways to access it if you’re IT savvy enough to do so. But of course, I’m sure you’re not aware of that, because you probably still stuck in your limestone cave somewhere.
You goons sure know how to lie your butt out. You people go around halfheartedly, trying to promote Merdeka, but the truth is, you guys are not liberating the minds of the citizens. Merdeka (Independence) should cover all context, including the mindset of the citizens. Merdeka? Merdeka my ass! Of all the things, you are trying to immobilize Internet technology as one of the crucial information tool. Must be you government prefer to have rempiting bastards who can’t even think to save their life as citizens rather than thinkers who puts the country’s interest before their own.
I I haven’t been looking forward to Merdeka since that sleepyhead leader of yours steps into office, but I was still patriotic enough to fly the flag every year without fail. This year, though Botak, I’m not sure if I want to even look at it and fly it. Even if I do fly the flag this year, I’ll be flying it UPSIDE DOWN!
The nation is indeed in distress. You people have been doing nothing but disgracing and smearing mud to Malaysia’s name since the recent GE. What is so glorious about Malaysia now? Fucking assholes, Botak man who is trying to block whatever web that goes against government or a sleepy jackass as the head of the country? It is not those ‘websites’ that is undermining the government and the citizen’s way of thinking, but it’s the way that the government govern the country that cause all that. If the government have reigns over the citizens by showing good control over the economy, education, as well as citizen’s welfare, that alone would command respect from the people, and any malicious news that is directed at the government would be nothing but smelly fart in the air that will be gone in a few minutes. First they censored Tv shows and news, now it’s the Internet, what’s next?
Now the people on the ‘top’ have to do everything they can to stop people from hearing dirty things about them because the public’s trust has long ago been washed down in the drain. With a FLIP FLOPPING sleepyhead as a PM, who would trust the government any further? They don’t even have credibility to even begin with…
Cleffairy: He who commands himself, commands others.