Friday, August 29, 2008

Why must you block Malaysia Today?

I don’t agree at all with Home Ministry's decision to impose an Internet blackout on Raja Petra Kamaruddin’s website, Malaysia Today. Such an action only reflects how the government practices what we describe as a ‘corporate and legalistic entity’ approach – that whatever our leaders say, rule!

You don’t simply instruct 21 Internet providers in the country to block a website deemed to carry only ‘slanderous’ articles without taking into account the political atmosphere of the country at this very moment.

Just like the Anti-Corruption Agency (ACA) enforcement officers who love going around the country, hunting for ‘small fish’ and leaving the sharks on prey, Syed Hamid is just as similar – leaving other major publications which are more slanderous than that of RPK’s.

What are we looking at, actually? This country is not free for speech and expression anymore. While RPK is only hitting out at politicians, some publishers who are well-known to the Cabinet members are toying around with racial and religions sentiments.

These people are free to say anything. Just look at the Bar Council. Seeing the ‘sikap pengecut’ (cowardness) of the Home Ministry to take action after organising an open forum on ‘Kontrak Sosial’, they got more daring by confronting the government with their ‘Embrace Islam’ forum. Still, NO ACTION!

Some newspapers, too, are simply provoking the government with baseless and unfounded allegation but not even a single warning was issued by the Home Ministry.

Is the government anti-bloggers or what, we don’t really know but the action against Malaysia Today is something beyond comprehension. If RPK - who is already facing sedition and defamation charges – is wrong, bring him to court, pass out the verdict… and that’s it but DONT block his website.

You may do that, alright. Just block any website or weblog but it is not going to end. If you block a porno website at home, your kids will go to any cyber café and download it from there. You block a website today, more will come tomorrow and day after tomorrow.

Of course Malaysia cannot subscribe to a 100 per cent of Free Press when it comes to race, religion and culture. We bloggers understand that and will not incite anything to shatter the social and racial harmony in the country.Should the Home Ministry feels discontented with any postings, we are ready for any dialogue.

Yes, we admit there are ‘silly’ and irresponsible bloggers out there but as far as socio-politics is concerned, we are not too many. Strong, good and distinguished bloggers only care for the country and the future of its generations. We live on that common morale, remember?

13 comments:

MULUT LETER said...

bro, no such thing as a blogger-friendly government in malaysia. even if anwar becomes pm, many will TARAM him, too.

just forget about this freedom unless one of u bloggers steps into politics and become the premier or a cabinet member, at least.

Abi Ayyub said...

Right on brother, you said it so well, its just that people in power always forget that someone or a group of people put them there. Only problem is, at one time people in power thought that they can stay up there forever, but now the times has change and you have seen the push since PRU12 and again Permatang Pauh.

That's why, it is always good to remember this point "Tire Berputar", today you are on top, tomorrow you are down, "nasib tak baik masa kat bawah kena taik".

The world is changing, and the method is all wrong. What is wrong today actually is not what is out there, but rather whether we see,read, hear about it and the choice to act upon it.

If its Porno, you know its forbidden, the choice is to refuse it by what ever mean.

So if after reading anything, you just believed it, you are the one to be faulted if it is not what it actually is.

cikgu murad, subang said...

to me, RPK is too much in his postings. almost everything is about najib and our leaders. cant he be more constructive?

anyway, i dont agree with home ministry move to block malaysia today.

as you said, just bring RPK to court and settle it there.

aney, penang said...

PADAN MUKA RAJA PETRA. DOK MENGATA ORANG SANGAT! DIA INGAT DIA SIAPA. AGAKNYA SELAMA NI ADA BENDA YANG DIA MINTAK DARIPADA KERAJAAN TAPI TAK DAPAT.SEBAB TU LA DIA JADI LAGU TU! DOK HENTAM KERAJAAN JA!

Anonymous said...

such a ridiculous action by syed hamid. why didnt he take action on bar council? scared?

si pitak said...

i am perturbed by such a move. remember when the government closed down the star in the 80s for a minor mistake?

in present situation, the government may impose a blackout on so many blogs, newspapers and websites if they want to but for how long can they control it?

Anonymous said...

ANEY!

MULUT HANG TAK BAIK. APA SALAH RPK KAT HANG? KALAU HANG TAK KENAL DIA, TAK PAYAH KOMEN APA-APA LAH!

Anonymous said...

ever surfed KPMU website? They are more slanderous+racist+kurang ajar+etc2..why didnt they got sanctioned?

peguam kecil said...

memang tidak ada kewajaran dalam tindakan kementerian dalam negeri terhadap malasyia today. apa yang perlu dibuat ialah menilai semua blog yang ada kerana ada antaranya lebih teruk daripada yang ditulis oleh raja petra. janganlah kerana seorang blogger yang menghentam seorang pemimpin, blog biadap yang lain dibiarkan bertaburan. kita perlu bersifat terbuka dalam hal ini. raja petra mestilah tak mahu masuk penjara kerana tuduhan liarnya itu. dia mesti mempunyai asas dan bukti kukuh untuk diketengahkan. untuk mengetahui kebenarannya, bicarakan dia secepat mungkin. biar dia mengemukakan segala bukti yang ada. saya rasa dia sudah lebih daripada bersedia untuk itu.

serena, bintulu said...

bro,
you say some bloggers are silly, some are irresponsible and some are good. i totally agree. rpk is good as he stood by his postings but at the same time he is no good as he still refuses to come out with all the evidence of altantuya murder case

bujai said...

aney and anon,

toksah bergaduh la dalam blog aku. hangpa ni patut pikiaq ikut otak, bukan ikut hati.

Anonymous said...

FREEDOM OF PRESS, SPEECH AND EXPRESSION WILL REMAIN ELUSIVE IN THIS COUNTRY EVEN IF ANWAR BECOMES THE NEW PRIME MINISTER.

UNLESS YOUR JOURNALISTS AND BLOGGERS UNITE IN A LEGALISE BODY, THEN YOU MAY SAY MORE

Cuddly Family said...

Selamat Hari Kemerdekaan!

May Malaysia work through its growing pains and be as beautiful and peaceful and successful as her citizens feel that she is!