The audacity of them blocking Malaysia Today. Indeed I feel that my constitutional right has been violated, big time. Is this some kind of punishment for the most embarrassing and humiliating rout in Permatang Pauh?
Controversial online portal Malaysia Today had its access blocked by the country’s largest internet service provider (ISP) TMnet.
Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC) chief operating officer Mohamed Sharil Tarmizi confirmed that the block was ordered by the commission.
“It is being blocked because we found that some of the comments on the website were insensitive, bordering on incitement,” he told Malaysiakini.
The curb however does not appear to be enforced by other ISPs and users are able to access Malaysia Today.
As at 4pm, a check by Malaysiakini showed users can still access Malaysia Today through three other major ISPs – Jaring, Maxis and Time.
This is believed to be the first time the government-linked telecommunications giant has imposed such curbs against a non-pornographic website, posing questions as to whether the government is reneging on its no-Internet censorship pledge.
Under the Multimedia Super Corridor (MSC) Malaysia 10 Point Bill of Guarantees, the Malaysian government promises to ensure no internet censorship.
The domain name – http://www.malaysia-today.net – has been unaccessible to TMnet subscribers since yesterday evening as a result of the blockage – known technically as ‘DNS blackhole list’. [See full image]