Thursday, September 11, 2008

Cabinet ordered reinstate access to all blocked websites

The Cabinet’s decision to order the Multimedia and Communications Commission (MCMC) to reinstate access to all blocked websites, including the controversial Malaysia Today news portal has been incredibly well received.

Energy, Water and Communications Minister Datuk Shaziman Abu Mansor said, the Cabinet has asked the ministry to direct MCMC to reinstate access to any blocked website with immediate effect.

The order was made because there were other “harsher” laws in the country which the authorities could use to take action against the owners of blogs and websites, instead of blocking them.

“At the same time, it is asking MCMC to closely cooperate with the police, the Attorney-General’s Office and the Home Minister to monitor websites and blogs to ensure that they do not contain seditious, racist or religiously insensitive remarks.

“Instead of blocking access to such websites, the Cabinet wants authorities to investigate and act quickly against the owners of these sites,”
To monitor the content of websites and blogs hosted in Malaysia, Shaziman said that a committee comprising representatives from the A-G’s office, the police, and his ministry as well as the Home Ministry, had been set up two weeks ago.

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