Censorship 101

It’s already past midnite at a time when Malaysians welcome August 31.

But I guess it’s not too late and out of place to also dabble in semantics.

According to Wikipedia, Internet censorship is control or suppression of the publishing or accessing of information on the Internet. The legal issues are similar to offline censorship.

Home Minister Syed Hamid Albar, on the other hand, contends that the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC)’s decision to block access to the Malaysia Today website was ‘not an act of censorship against the online portal’.

Instead it was to prevent the abuse of cyberspace to circulate lies, he said.

You may want to clear your thoughts on the very definition of ‘censorship’ before you could even think of making the longest Jalur Gemilang ever, or of doing or saying anything that is thought to be good for the image of the country.

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2 Responses to “Censorship 101”


  1. 1 james dean 31 August 2008 at 8:47 am

    Syed Hamid is an epitome of everything that is gross and undesirable. He is also the head of so-called ‘dirty tricks’ department of the AAB government. The nation is not progressing, it is certainly a sad day today.

  2. 2 abu 31 August 2008 at 12:02 pm

    And who is there to censor the minister from uttering rubbish?


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