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More Love for Bloggers July 25, 2007

Posted by Tim in Malaysia, News.
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The Malaysian government has hit out against the 20,000 unthreatening, unreliable, irresponsible, unregistered, unprofessional, unemployed female liars who are denying the rural people their news.

This time we are warned against insulting the King or Islam (also see LKS):

“The time for talk is over, now is the time to act.” With this warning shot, Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Datuk Seri Nazri Aziz said the government would be taking legal action against bloggers who flagrantly belittled Islam or the Yang di-Pertuan Agong.

He told the Dewan Negara yesterday that three laws could be used against the bloggers: The Internal Security Act (ISA), Sedition Act and Section 121b of the Penal Code.

Section 121b deals with offences against the authority of the king, ruler or Yang DiPertua Negeri and carries a maximum penalty of life in prison.

Speaking at the Malaysian Press Institute Press Awards Night here yesterday, Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak said the government was deeply troubled by the growth of “irresponsible” alternative media.

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The first thing that came into my mind was Harry Potter, and how our government resembles the Ministry of Magic – issuing ridiculous decrees hunting down citizens to maintain their state of denial and to stay in power.

Seriously, how many times do you read about people insulting the King? If I had ten sen for every Malaysian who couldn’t even freaking name our past two D.Y.M.M.S.P.B.Y.D.P. Agongs (let alone insult them), I’d be a millionaire many times over. Maybe in the sixteenth century UMNO could have used the King as an effective excuse to accuse people of treason, but not in this day and age.

And the sudden fervour to defend Islam is another blatant attempt at catering to the lowest common denominator – early elections are a certainty, and the govt can’t buy their votes this time like in Ijok. This is the cheapest method in more ways than one. And how about when other religions get insulted?

The three laws mentioned: The Internal Security Act (ISA), Sedition Act and Section 121b of the Penal Code (which forbids insulting the King) may carry legal but not moral weight – and even then, if UMNO politicians can get away with waving the keris and calling for spilling of blood, I don’t think bloggers are the seditious ones.

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1. sloone - July 26, 2007

well said, Tim!

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