1GreenDam Black Malaysia

It’s not entirely surprising that the government’s failure to compete effectively with independent voices on the internet has led to its policy of “If you can’t beat em, and you failed and joining them, then ban ’em”.

Rais Yatim today announced tenders for an Internet filter to block undesirable content, a move that directly contravenes the stipulations of the Multimedia Super Corridor (MSC) Bill of Guarantees.

“It is to keep out pornographic materials and bloggers who inflame racial sentiments. We need to maintain racial harmony. We cannot have full-blown democracy like in the United States,” a senior government official told AFP.

Bloggers who inflame racial sentiments are bad. But columnists for UMNO owned newspapers who inflame racial sentiments are just doing their job. Deputy Prime Ministers who do it are just being responsible politicians.

As a blogger this makes me happy – it’s a sign, like the Saturday crack down and ensuing barrage of negative press against Anwar Ibrahim, that we’re doing our job well and the corrupt people who run this country are incapable of addresing their fabulous unpopularity except by stifiling dissent and preventing the free flow of information.

And it is well known that Internet filters don’t work. The minute one goes up, I along with all my fellow bloggers will teach you how to circumvent the filters in case our sites are deemed to be “undesirable.”

But what will foreign investors think? Especially the technology companies we are trying to woo? Microsoft? Dell? Google?

And why can’t we have democracy like the US? Why can’t we have the right to free speech and free assembly as our Constitution guarantees?

This study and tender is just another waste of money and reflects Rais Yatim’s relative incompetence as information minister. The country’s internet infrastructure is already among the worst in the region and internet access speeds are pitifully slow. Try solving that problem first please.

See also reuters coverage here: Reuters

12 thoughts on “1GreenDam Black Malaysia

  1. “We cannot have full-blown democracy like in the United States,” a senior government official told AFP

    Either you have freedom of speech or you don’t. Either you are a democracy or you aren’t.

    The U.S. have the First Amendment introduced soon after the Declaration of Independence, which prevents its highest law making body from passing any law which in any way restricts freedom of speech. Malaysia has Article 10 which grants freedom with the right hand and takes it away with the left and a plethora of legislation passed since Independence which makes a mockery of the freedom of speech.

    It is time Malaysians see their country for what it is. Contrary to popular belief, we do not have constitutional guarantees of freedom of speech and assembly.

    There is no such thing as a full blown democracy. Either you are free or you are not free.

  2. “Why can’t we have the right to free speech and free assembly as our Constitution guarantees?”

    Nowhere in our Constitution does it say that we have freedom of speech, assembly and association. Article 10 of our Federal Constitution of 1957 merely says that we can only have as much freedom as the government thinks we ought to have. We are at the mercy of our own government.

    What’s wrong with this picture??

    It is wrong because sovereignty lies with the people and not the government.

  3. Internet filters? MR. Rais , the ” only intellectual in the malaysian cabinet” thinks he can manage the cyber world using internet filters? I guess this tells you something about his ” intellect “.

    The internet today is like a technological revolution . it is improving qualitatively everyday and every 6 months or so it seems like a good time to upgrade your computer or laptop.

    Hence, how do you stop a revolution like this ? Revolutions only terminate themselves after it has achieved its purpose. Similarly, a tsunami or a wave. There is no stopping them till the ” mission is accomplished “.

    So this will never work but it will definitely make some crony rich and wealthy.
    Rais Yatim, an intellectual just because he got a Phd in Law? He is just a political dog who serves his master. He used to kiss the hand of Badawi. What next will he be kissing when it comes to Najib. You guess is as good as a man. Rais is a man devoid of principles; at best, he is a phoney.—Din Merican

  4. New Yorker Bean,

    That government official, who probably will have no chance of getting alternative employment in the private sector, does not even understand our constitution. That is why he made that dumb statement. Democracy is democracy. Freedom is freedom. It is that simple.

    The ISA, among other repressive laws of colonial vintage, has been amended under Mahathir to allow detention without trial for two years and to deny judicial review. It is time for Mahathir to explain his past actions on the ISA. —Din Merican

  5. “He (Rais Yatim PhD.) used to kiss the hand of Badawi. What next will he be kissing …” Din Merican

    You forget. He is the longest running President of The Kiss My Ass Club.

  6. What ass? What cheek? That’s one huge globe with hemorrhoids!
    Seriously this ‘kiss-my-ass’ rais’in has the intellect of a grape.
    No internet ‘filter’ works as the commie PRC soon found out – does he realize the man hours it takes to filter 1% of cyberspace?
    Heck, for all of Singapore’s porn filtering prowess, one young man masturbated himself to death in an HDB flat recently!
    That raisin brain has tin soldering contacts instead of neuronal connections; how on earth did he get a Phd… of all things in Law?
    Bean, are you responsible?

  7. Just like sodomy did, all this talk about ass kissin’ has got to me.

    Here’s one ass kissin’ you’ll remember for a long time.

    A gay guy goes to a restaurant and orders a chicken dish. By the time the food is ready and he is about to eat, the waiter comes back and says, “Sir, I’m afraid there has been a mistake. You see, that police officer who is sitting at the next table is a regular customer of ours and he usually orders the same dish. The problem is, this is the last chicken in the house. I’m afraid I’ll have to take this dish to him and arrange for another dish for you!”

    The gay guy gets really upset and refuses to give up his food. The waiter walks over to the other table and explains the situation to the officer. A few minutes later the officer walks over to the man’s table and says, “Listen and listen good. That is MY chicken you are about to eat and I’ll warn you, whatever you do to that chicken I’ll do the same to you. You pull out one of its legs, I’ll pull out one of yours. You break one of its wings, I’ll break one of your arms!”

    The gay man calmly looks at the chicken, picks it up and sticks his tongue in the bird’s ass. He then gets up, drops his pants, bends over and says, “Your turn!!

  8. Pingback: A Step Closer To Internet Censorship? « For A Better Malaysia

  9. Pornography being available for minors is always a regrettable nuisance. But it is a better battle for parents to wage. Always suspect the state when it wants to assume the role of parent. That promises a slippery slope into political suppression. Suppression of pornography is the glove that fits over the hand of suppression of political ideas. That hand will eventually become a clenched fist.
    Vigilante, I agree with you. Mahathir thinks that porn censorship is okay, but he forgot that the system can also be used to censor non-porn news portals and blogs. I say to him that he should not forget that the Bill of Rights for MSC was initiated by him and it should stand.

    No internet censorship. Government must be transparent and accountable and it must learn to accept criticisms about its policies and programmes and be able to defend itself.—Din Merican

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