Full block on Malaysia Today?
The block on access to Malaysia Today, now in its fourth day, appears to have reached all Malaysian ISPs Sunday. Action may have been taken on the site itself. One attempt to access the site earlier today, Sunday, showed what appears to be a cached Malaysia Today home page from Thursday or Friday, stripped of comments and most sidebar elements.
Malaysia Today had been available to some Internet users from 6pm Saturday until well past midnight. However, the home page shown this morning did not have Saturday’s news items. [Update 19:00] As happened on Saturday, Malaysia Today became available roughly after 6pm.
Saturday’s home page included a pickup of my report yesterday “Govt admits RPK revealed secrets” of problems in accessing Malaysia Today. The site also carried a report from blogger Melvin Mah about the block being extended to include all private Internet providers such as wireless providers Maxis and P1.
Malaysia Today Blockade Extended to All ISPs
By Melvin Mah
Yesterday [Friday], I have mentioned that the MCMC has ordered a total block of Malaysia Today following the PKFZ leak. However, as of this time, the blockade has been extended to all other ISPs including Maxis, P1, etc.. as they found that people are able to access them outside Streamyx.
Apparently the directive was also issued to them on this matter which is starting to get out of hand.
And the police are now going for the shoot the whistleblower path, despite the fact that it is a cover up of the real mccoy.
For some reason, I managed to find out briefly that the main page of Malaysia Today has been removed no doubt by hackers. On further checks, the No Holds Barred and Corridors of Power segments have articles as prior to the expose of the PKFZ documents there. This was about an hour ago until even both segments have been blocked.
The cached home page was only intermittently available; it had been stripped of all comments and most of the sidebar elements. Links from the home page led to a restricted page informing readers that only subscribers were allowed access.
Later, even the cached home page was no longer available. Instead, visitors to MalaysiaToday, whether visiting directly on its URL or via proxy, were confronted with this:
Malaysia Today has been under attack from Thursday when its editor Raja Petra Kamaruddin published images of secret Cabinet papers that exposed the extent of government involvement and full knowledge of the huge financial problems at the Port Klang Free Zone.
On Friday, the government tacitly admitted that the images of Cabinet memorandums that he had published were of government secrets and action would be taken under the Official Secrets Act.
Lawyer-activist Haris Ibrahim at People’s Parliament reported earlier this week that action might be taken against a variety of web sites:
“Had dinner with an UMNO snitch last week. He warned me this was going to happen. He said that Malaysiakini was not the real target of MCMC, but Malaysia Today, as there are people in government who are shitting bricks about what RPK is going to reveal through his series of videos starting 10th September. Also, given the all-important impending Bagan Pinang by-election, the last thing they want is RPK raking up all the dirt on the government and on UMNO. They’re looking for any excuse to justify blocking certain news portals and blogs. But if they can’t find any excuse, they’re going to do it on the quiet”.
The People’s Parliament
Despite media inquiries, and criticism by opposition strongman Lim Kit Siang, no official word has been forthcoming on the action taken against Malaysia Today. The Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission rarely, if ever, admits ordering Internet providers such as Telekom Malaysia, Maxis or P1WiMax to block access.
Malaysia Today, one of Malaysia’s most popular sites for its controversial social and political content, has long been a thorn in the sides of successive administrations. Last year, the MCMC ordered all 21 ISPs to block access after Raja Petra published comments that the government viewed as seditious.
He has since been charged with sedition, but has refused to turn up for trial and has gone “into exile”. His whereabouts are not known: the police initially stated that he was in Brisbane but recently said he was still in Malaysia.