Malaysia Today blocked!

The most popular political portal Malaysia was blocked from any access within Malaysia this afternoon. The portal, famed for the “No holds barred” tagline, carried political and alternative news, made headline sensation since Monday, 23 July 2007 when UMNO Information Chief Tan Sri Muhammad Muhammad Taib made a police report about comments made to an article published on 8 July 2007 deemed derogatory and demean HM Seri Paduka Baginda Yang DiPertuan Agong and Islam.

On Tuesday, 24 July Malaysia Today’s editor, Raja Petra Kamarudin was called to the Dang Wangi Police HQ and his statements were recorded. He was also interviewed.

Since this afternoon, access to the site has been blocked. Why and who is doing the blocking is not sure at this point of time. According to sources, the DOS attack was staged from a TM net registered IP address. However, if the block was made by any of the Government’s machineries, it is contravening the Mutimedia Bill of Guarantee when then the Prime Minister, Dato’ Seri Dr. Mahathir Mohamad announced the Multimedia Super Corridor (MSC) back on 1 August 1996. Dr. Mahathir also repeated the Malaysia Government’s commitment for its International Bill of Guarantee on the MSC in New York, 25 August 1996.

It is grossly shameful, especially for the internet cyberworld if the Government blocked or allowed internet to be blocked and contradict their own guarantee.

Published in: on July 27, 2007 at 19:18  Comments (13)