‘Controversial blogs’ that attract Home Ministry

The Home Ministry is looking out for those blogs that can ‘confuse’ unsuspecting Malaysians regarding certain issues it considers controversial. That is, ‘naughty blogs’ posting comments that can ‘pose a threat to public security’.

Here’s the story from The Star:

KUALA LUMPUR: The Home Ministry is monitoring blogs to check if bloggers are posting comments that confuse the people on controversial issues.

Deputy Home Minister Datuk Chor Chee Heung said that at the moment, the ministry was merely advising bloggers against the misuse of blogs.

“So far, we are only telling them not to use their blogs as a mechanism to confuse people or as a weapon against those they don’t like,” he said on Tuesday when asked about bloggers posting comments on the National Fatwa Council’s edict banning Muslims from practising yoga.

“However, if the comments are deemed as posing a threat to public security, we will view them seriously,” he said, adding that it would be left to the minister to act on such cases.

“The ministry is always monitoring developments in the blogosphere,” Chor said after the launch of the National Anti-Drug Agency’s new programme, Rakan Anti-Dadah (Rada), to eradicate drug abuse.

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12 Responses to “‘Controversial blogs’ that attract Home Ministry”


  1. 1 mamatmural 26 November 2008 at 1:00 am

    if so, please monitor each and every blog event those pro-BN with racist postings

  2. 2 Antares 26 November 2008 at 1:36 am

    Three cheers for the Home Minister (……….) & his trusty deputy (……….). I’m so scared I just soiled my swivel chair. These home ministry creeps are DEFINITELY DOOMED! The darkness & density they wallow in reeks like a moral cesspool where only the undead but nonliving dwell. May they poison themselves with their own halitosis.
    So be it.

  3. 3 Reject Mahathirism 26 November 2008 at 2:05 am

    Home Ministry has lost all credibility and has no moral standing to be advising or threatening Malaysians about anything. If they can detain a journalist under ISA for reporting a racist statement, while the politician who made the racist statement is treated like a hero — it tells you everything you need to know. If they want to get you, they will — so Malaysians be brave and speak the Truth as you see it…

    “He who passively accepts evil is as much involved in it as he who helps to perpetrate it. He who accepts evil without protesting against it is really cooperating with it.” – Martin Luther King Jr.

  4. 4 Ace 26 November 2008 at 2:26 am

    “The Home Ministry is monitoring blogs to check if bloggers are posting comments that confuse the people on controversial issues.”
    Really? Are the rakyat so “stupid” that they are not able to form their own opinion?

    Arrest people under ISA to grant them protection?
    I think the Home Minister is confused by his own action!!!

  5. 5 Joseph Chan 26 November 2008 at 6:20 am

    I refer to Deputy Home Minister Datuk Chor:

    Since when did freedom of speech pose a threat to public security? I do not know which school you attended. But the school which I came from clearly taught me that freedom of speech is my birth right guaranteed and framed by the forefathers to gain independence from the UK. It is people like yourself… that allow the constitution of Malaysia to be amended for so many times that it is now a real threat to public security!

    Please take the time to read our constitution before you open your mouth…

    Joseph Chan

  6. 6 tom tom 26 November 2008 at 12:09 pm

    The Home Ministry is using all kinds of vague phrases like “threat to national security”, “confusing the people on controversial issues” in order to justify its crackdown on freedom of expression. The bottom line is that each time the gomen feels threatened, it would then utter such contemptible phrases to justify its repressive measures against its critics.

    If the Home Ministry is SINCERE in wanting to maintain national security, political stability, harmony, blah, blah, blah…then it should first of all arrest all these UMNO goons, … for inciting racial tension and hatred with all their crap and espousal of an out of sight but not out of date doctrine such as ketuanan Melayu which is no different from the racist system in the former South Africa. The likes of Bung Mukhtar, Ahmad Ismail, and all those UMNO extremists should have been locked up for sedition a long time ago.

  7. 7 The Beetle 26 November 2008 at 12:17 pm

    Do not play into the fear tactics of this … BN government.

    Freedom of speech is guaranteed in our constituition.

    This … government can only continue to lie to those who choose to believe them.

    As for me I will only listen to an honest and caring government. Race is definately immaterial.

    So stop threatening us.The more the BN government threaten us the more we will want to kick them out.

  8. 8 Watee 26 November 2008 at 1:46 pm

    Joseph,

    What do you mean by your sentence?

    “It is people like yourself…that allow the constitution of Malaysia to be amended for so many times that it is now a real threat to public security!”

    I thought the amendment was administrative, except for the 121A.

    I read the constitution and it says Freedom of speech comes with a lot of binding stuff in the constitution.

  9. 9 masterwordsmith 26 November 2008 at 3:03 pm

    Frankly, I think they are doing it in an attempt to improve their terrible grasp of the language :). I am sure they would need a good dictionary and another English-Malay dictionary to understand what some bloggers e.g. Antares are saying :). And by then, their heads would be spinning …which is probably what happened when they read Antares’ comment above 😉

    But then, I believe the Home Ministry is Ministry of Confusion ‘cos they themselves seem to be confused as to what is right or wrong, who does what and what to say or what not to say, who to arrest and why they do so and to try their best to make statements that do not confuse others or bring shame to the already shameful group. Apart from that, they have to look as though they are busy and to justify their existence in light of all the blunders they have been making…after all, their boss is …:).

    cheers

  10. 10 Joseph Chan 26 November 2008 at 10:26 pm

    Wantee:

    Since independence in 1957 from Britain, the constitution have been amended for more than 146 times or something like that as I do not recall the exact numbers. Look at the amendments starting from 1969 after our first racial riot.

    the United Malays National Organisation, through the enlarged coalition of Barisan Nasional, eventually assumed a lot of control of the country. With its coalition partners unable to put up much resistance, UMNO became increasingly racist and the master affirmative action plan known as the New Economic Policy (NEP), which was intended to eliminate poverty and redress economic imbalance, became synonymous with Malay privileges. By the 1980s, UMNO’s supremacist ideology became entrenched and found expression in “Ketuanan Melayu” (Malay supremacy) and it was then that the term “social contract” started to be flashed around to justify its racist conduct.

    In parallel with the growth of racism was the steep rise in authoritarianism through amendments to the constitution and tightening a host of repressive laws. The rule of law became so subverted that democracy in Malaysia became history.

    These amendments were passed … in chambers. Until some of these laws are still in place when these amendments made into laws were meant for the riots of 1969.

    This means that Malaysia is STILL IN A STATE OF EMERGENCY AND NOT A DEMOCRACY!

    …..

    Joseph Chan

  11. 11 Myeisha Johnson 5 December 2008 at 9:43 am

    Monitoring the blogs could really help a lot!

  12. 12 traveling exhibits 6 April 2009 at 4:46 pm

    This means that Malaysia is STILL IN A STATE OF EMERGENCY AND NOT A DEMOCRACY!


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