Archive for August 28th, 2008

What did they learn from Permatang Pauh?

It seems that if there’s one thing the BN government did learnĀ from the recently held Permatang Pauh by-election, it is that websites and blogs are to be considered as irritants that need to be censored or blacked out of the cyberspace.

Well, at least this is what we can deduce if what The Malaysian Insider reported is true. It said thatĀ the government was planning to crack down on webmasters and bloggers, particularly those who ‘make all sorts of allegations’ that go unchallenged. See below for a full report.

And as if to show that they mean business, the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC) has ordered all internet service providers (ISPs) to block controversial online portal Malaysia Today. (See below for a full report from Malaysiakini.)

For the uninitiated, some bloggers had played a major role in the recent Permatang Pauh by-election in providing certain news and information that normally do not see the light of day in the predictable mainstream media. In short, they tried to fill the gap of information.

Continue reading ‘What did they learn from Permatang Pauh?’