Freedom of Speech
The arrest of three TMI editors sets a mark: Malaysia now has one of the most repressive regimes in South-East Asia, writes A. Asohan.
A worrying trend has emerged in the last few years, where intermediaries around the world are being used as chokepoints to restrict freedom of expression online, and to hold users accountable for content.
The review of the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commissions Act 1998 (MCMCA 1998) and the Communications and Mulitmedia Act 1998 (CMA 1998) is expected to be completed by mid-year, and will be tabled in Parliament before the end of the year, said newly-appointed MCMC chairman Dr Halim Shafie.
A summary of the plethora of Malaysian cases involving the online world in 2013 The Government still needs to look at legislation to address many other issues Bread & Kaya by Foong Cheng Leong
For several hours, surfers from Malaysia were blocked from accessing a BBC story on Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak. The country’s largest ISP passed the buck to the industry regulator, which later reported that the story can be accessed. And they would like us all to forget about it, writes A. Asohan.
The shocking suspension of weekly business newsmagazine The Heat has dire consequences for all citizens, but is however merely the latest in a series of attempts by the Administration to smother freedom of expression, writes A. Asohan.
Again, a ruling politician attempts to get the Malaysian Government to rein in and control social media -- and again, shores up his argument by pointing to non-existent laws in other countries, writes A. Asohan.
Prime Minister Najib Tun Razak has launched the Genovasi Challenge, which urges youths to “stop complaining and do something” – yet his own Administration punishes those who do so.
Malaysia’s lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community has been put on alert that a mainstream television station working on exposé may attempt to infiltrate their online hangouts – which may not be a problem in itself, except for the near witch-hunt by certain elements in the Government and mainstream media recently to portray the community in the worst possible light.