Blocking the Malaysian blogosphere

So it looks like Malaysia is about to tread the path taken by China, a country where freedom of expression and dissent are frowned upon, if not criminalised.

According to Malaysiakini and The Malaysian Insider, the government plans to filter websites that are ‘undesirable’. Malaysians, particularly those who are concerned about democracy and civil liberties, would find it extremely difficult to believe that the present government has some degree of appreciation for freedom of information, media freedom and freedom of expression if this censorship plan were to materialise.

And this plan would certainly fly in the face of Mahathir Mohamad whose previous administration had given the guarantee in 1996 that there would not be censorship of the Internet — as a way of attracting foreign investments to the much touted project of his, Multimedia Super Corridor.  

What has triggered the government to take this path? There are a number of possible reasons, one of which is that there is much dissent expressed within Malaysia’s blogging community to the extent that it causes political embarassment and, to a certain degree, electoral losses to the government. In other words, the ruling coalition’s political hegemony is being undermined.

Another is that views and news found in the virtual world make much of the mainstream media, which are closely aligned to the government, look silly, if not incredible, as they often resort to the distortion of social reality.

This tendency of not listening to criticisms, dissent and truth would only bring about an increasing rate of disconnect between the government and the rakyat, which can be politically unhealthy in the long run. 

The upshot of all this is that Malaysia’s democratic space will obviously be further constrained.

6 Responses to “Blocking the Malaysian blogosphere”

  1. 1 mactoksei 7 August 2009 at 8:01 am

    another legacy of che det that will be wiped off.

  2. 2 Nitpicker 7 August 2009 at 9:37 am

    Don’t worry…

    If they try to block content then just google ‘proxy sites’.

    It’s a web and as such, there’s always an alternative route.

    They’re wasting their time and our (taxpayers) money again.

    Bunch of paranoid megalomaniacs

  3. 3 Soul of Malaysia 7 August 2009 at 2:28 pm

    So independent bloggers are the target of the government. The bloggers are giving an independent view which is contrary to the MSM and MSM lies are being exposed by bloggers and commentators.So must destroy the fabric of democracy by internet censorship.If Pornogragy is the concern, have we been able to eliminate illegal DVD’s and VCD<s from our streets.

  4. 4 Samuel Goh Kim Eng 7 August 2009 at 4:37 pm


    Only one that’s truly a blockhead
    Will advocate a blanket blockade
    Affecting the Internet’s blockage
    To function as a filtering blockhouse

    (C) Samuel Goh Kim Eng – 070809
    Fri. 7th Aug. 2009.

  5. 5 puakangkang 7 August 2009 at 5:01 pm

    They want to filter undesirable websites..! Undesirable to whom?…the People or to BN. Such cowardice action will only make things worst. When people dont believe in you..they will never believe in anything you say. Untill BN realizes that they gonna keep losing by elections

  1. 1 Blocking the Malaysian blogosphere « Percuma Untuk Anda Trackback on 7 August 2009 at 12:03 am

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