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?