The Communications and Multimedia Ministry has sent to the attorney general’s chambers a proposal to amend the law so that news portals and blogs (apparently aimed at political or news blogs) will be forced to register with the government.

This appears to be a thinly disguised attempt to restrict or control the space for freedom of expression against the backdrop of the recent exposes of major corruption or financial scandals and the blocking of several critical websites. What do you think?

Are we going backwards? All this is a far cry from Mahathir’s pledge not to censor the internet first made when the Multimedia Super Corridor was set up in the 1990s. And as recently as May 2014, Najib pledged to preserve the internet as a space for free debate and discussion.

What can you do? If you feel strongly about this, contact your local elected rep and tell him or her what you feel about this.

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  1. Corruption and control: Malaysia’s muzzled media

    In May 2015, investigative news website the Sarawak Report broke the 1MDB corruption scandal – millions of dollars allegedly misappropriated from the country’s development fund into Prime Minister Najib Razak’s personal bank accounts.

    Coverage of the story revealed something many Malaysians already knew: that the country’s media landscape is split between mainstream outlets unwilling to report such stories and online publishers facing increasing pressure to keep silent.

    News sites have been blocked, editors have been called in for questioning and even foreign journalists have been detained in association with coverage of the scandal.

    The Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission has also warned social media users against spreading “false news” in relation to 1MD, threatening prosecution and even possible jail terms.

    Malaysia’s censorship record, however, hasn’t always been at the extreme end of the media blackout spectrum, the 1990s being the high point of its journalistic freedom.

    The Listening Post’s Meenakshi Ravi reports on the difficulties of covering corruption in Malaysia under a government that is now determined to reign in the online media space.

    Source: http://www.aljazeera.com/programmes/listeningpost/2016/04/corruption-control-malaysia-muzzled-media-160418081111223.html

    • The video show the reality of the rural folks in Sarawak.
      Unfortunately BN tends to paint rosy picture on its Umno’s TV3.
      GST really hurts the poor people in Sarawak.
      We must believe in Impian Sarawak. Thank you DAP.
      We all must vote wisely and not be deceived by Adenan, as Pek Moh is still influential as the state Governor.

  2. rajraman
    you and anil support your good friend dr lim a mppp councillor who is sleeping while hills are allowed to botak. why this was tactfully raised with your deity lucifer? instead raising clamping and towing in non tow zone. you will mock at your mb or mayor they do tow your hans car.

    pasar malam trader thinks he is very good in account thinking penang is as rich as selangor, kl and johor with massive reserves to provide free transport? state pays rapid millions to run the loop service as transport licence is control by umno gomen.

    is that your accounting to consider penang as rich or richer than selangor and johor to provide free shuttle. why not ask federal gomen for free shuttle service since we pay most taxes? no wander pasar malam trader accounting.

    umno is interested in bringing dap down using all kinds if means using cybertroopers and character assisnation.

  3. Gerakan Media Marah (Geramm) in collaboration with the Institute of Journalists (IoJ) is set to launch its “Solidarity Media for Media” campaign tomorrow in light of recent developments that have affected the industry.

    “The campaign objectives are two-fold – to raise public awareness that independent media in Malaysia cannot exist without their support, and to call on all facets of the Malaysian media to stand united for the sake of the profession,” Geramm said in a statement today.

    https://www.malaysiakini.com/news/335751#ixzz44I4LAOD7

  4. remember the promises to the family of tech being hock by this man?
    The court has made a ruling but what has the government done?

    • He also talked a lot about PR1MA giving false hope to the poor, as Minion Nades (on The Sun today, possibly under the pressure of philanthropist …) has helped him to push the responsibility of building affordable homes to the state governments. Why not Bandar Malaysia be Bandar Najib for the poor?

  5. Why the local journalists (foreign ones of course no longer allowed) do not ask Najib directly if he is still keeping up to his commitment of internet freedom?

  6. why umno worries. there are many likes of ibrahim, tinju, ah tee, ikan bakar and little machais to keep ph disarray. do ph can never be strong. umno will always be in power. no one cares about 2 party system. umno is better than the komtar toking or diety anytime

  7. Najib may not want honour Mahathir”s promise to keep internet free from censorship?

    Anyway, will Mahathir’s Lawsuit Reignite Political Turbulence?

  8. And how are they the authorities going to punish the un-registered bloggers?
    Wonder which idiot/s would come out with such an idea and announce his/her moronic suggestion.
    It can never works , as news bloggers can easily add-in a ‘satirical news(but honestly true)” category.
    And we all can continue laughing.

  9. He is not only clamping but towing away all the bloggers who report truths and facts like Anil’s.

    He thinks this way no one will know about the 1mdb affairs n the 2.6B scandal and all the ugly things done by him !!!

    Now, they are trying to control the social media as well just like china during mao’s era, mao even controlled your thinking !!! …

    • Four Corners reporter Linton Besser investigates two sets of extraordinary allegations of bribery and corruption: one involving a massive arms deal; the other, the Malaysian sovereign wealth fund. It’s a story that’s made headlines around the world.

      “Hello Mr Prime Minister, ABC Australia. I’m wondering if you can explain the hundreds of millions of dollars in your account?”

      Linton Besser’s pointed questions landed him and cameraman Louie Eroglu in serious trouble.

      “I’ve been placed under arrest …we are waiting for some legal advice but at the moment it looks like they intend to charge us.”

      On Monday night Four Corners will reveal new allegations about the staggering sums of money that have flowed into the bank accounts of Najib Razak.

      And as the scandal grows, so does the crackdown on the Malaysian Government’s political opponents.

      “They’re just threatening people now and it’s very effective.”

      State of Fear, reported by Linton Besser and presented by Sarah Ferguson, goes to air on Monday 28th March at 8.30pm EDT. It is replayed on Tuesday 29th March at 10.00am and Wednesday 30th at 11pm. It can also be seen on ABC News 24 on Saturday at 8.00pm, ABC iview and at abc.net.au/4corners.

      http://www.abc.net.au/4corners/stories/2016/03/24/4431284.htm

      • State of Fear: Murder and Money in Malaysia.
        It’s a story of intrigue, corruption and multiple murders, stretching from the streets of Malaysia’s capital Kuala Lumpur, to Switzerland, France and the US as well as Hong Kong and Singapore, all the way to Australia’s doorstep.

  10. VERY GOOD work.. So many people talked about TMI and no one pointed this out.. Najib’s promises and pronoucements are not worth crap. Najib is a PATHOLOGICAL SOCIOPATHIC LIAR.. Its actually simply AMAZING the crap he gets away with..He is not only Mahathir’s political Anakku Sazali, he is OURS Annakku Sazali, all Malaysian…

      • There are 3 famous (spinners).

        One at Federal level and have plenty of donation to donate to buy warlords.

        One use religion and current power house in Kelantan said negara kebajikan and now want to make it negara Hudud.

        One first say subsale without swimming pool, don’t know the market value and he just a accountant not a property agent. Everyday new excused.

        rajraman. There many more this kind of people’s in biggest business in the world. Politics. Very lucrative job. Can buy and sell just using Saliva and it’s free.

        If question their Moral, some of their supporters will whack you or gives negative votes.

      • “If question their Moral, some of their supporters will whack you or gives negative votes.”
        No alternative mah! Still in308 Euphoria that requires an exorcism.
        It has reach a state of overt-worshipping of Diety that anything unsavoury of this Diety’s conduct is a better comparison to others like the Balinese mansion. “Just a few million mah, why the uproar? Donation in the billions is far worst” But then the minds of minions are already too clouded to make a sensible reason. It has reached a survival or die without Niao Kong. Such desperation of idolism!
        The ordinary people are dustbin stuffs to be less taken care of. That plot of land (allegedly) designated for low cost housing on prime location is too bin-chui for the ordinary people as an address. “Why should the poor & ordinary stay in such a prime location?” And more profiteering can be made from it than to serve the people’s needs. What an excuse that as a state gomen it has no knowledge of that land designation before selling it to the highest bidder. No wonder the Penang Local Plan is perpetually missing.
        This is exactly a state gomen intention to social engineer the population into the rich & famous for the island, the bo-bin-chui to the mainland. Ask Ah Huat.

      • Read these comments on MsiaKini:

        The so-called Taman Manggis lot was originally a long and rectangular piece of land. The original plan since the 70’s was to build two match-box-like low cost flats (like most other low cost flat design) along the length of the land to maximize land use. However, when previous state government actually built the project in early 2000’s, one was truly puzzled as to why only a single block was built and this block smacked right at the middle of the land, “wasting” a small valuable piece (facing Burma road, subject in the current controversy) and another one small piece behind the new block. The two pieces left undeveloped were “wasted” as they were definitely too small for another low cost housing project but immensely valuable to build commercial shop-houses. Maybe someone was being very creative back then but the 2008 election results was beyond this guy’s calculations.

        Politics aside, Taman Manggis land is prime land in the heart of Georgetown and is therefore not ideal for affordable housing for the poor for several reasons. Apart from the limited size of the land, it is a busy and noisy area with high volume of daily traffic and not ideal for residence of a large number of people. Affordable housing over time tends not to be well-maintained because residents cannot afford high mantainence fees to upkeep the place and since it is in the city centre may become an eyesore which will affect the image of Penang as a tourist city. The land is too valuable for affordable housing and it makes more economic sense to have the affordable housing in a less expensive area (like the reported Jalan SP Chelliah which is still within the Georgetown area). A right-thinking Government will take various issues into consideration and not just make popular Political decisions.

      • utopia

        Who talk so much about zoning and oppose high density but it is okay wanting to put poor people in commercial business area and cramp them to make increase the density in that area. So what is his reason to put the poor in that area?

        Why not gelakan put public housing in green lane or tanjong bungah?

      • So much nonsensical absorbed wholeheartedly from CAT’s promises of social justice (which includes non-discrimination of Rakyat in term of housing).
        Bo Bin-Chui is no face for already rich & famous Niao Kong, a symbolic discriminator of social justice delighted to the hilt by discriminating worshipping wannabes.
        Tak malu buat janji 308. Padan muka yang cakap siok-siok tak serupa bikin.
        Karma will see to it.

      • all big words are just hollow. no discussions and throwing cheap shot and lowest form of gutter politics. you hsve not reply to utopia’s statement and same content mocking
        i. am surprise anil maintain a low standard in his blog. mocking

      • Since you are strong supporter the Deity why not you gives a solution the mess he created.If your solution given not acceptable by me i gives my opinion.

        rajraman. I always want 2 party system but neither i going to keep quite either if Deity Party gives stupid excused.I am free man from Organised Religion and i don’t buy cheap minister excused.I don’t worship human either.
        Azmin,Azizah,Anwar from PKR i can’t say much since one Anwar dance to tune of Politics musical,Azmin dance with PAS,Azizah a mere puppet use by Azmin and Anwar.

        UMNO must (close shop) since UMNO is Hang Tuah. I support Jebat since Jebat is a warrior of people’s. Human History make Jebat a bad guy since Hang Tuah behaved like Umno warlords who protect them in Power.

      • Did I not support tunglang to clamp komtar’s car if the rules are broken and the rule applies to BN’s cars. The Aust PM was fined for not putting seat belt during official duty. So rule is rule. Also I opposed clamping and towing cars if MPPP did not fore warn or designated as tow zone as practised in overseas local councils which Penang Forum support towing with iron fist.

        The story on CM has not end and my solution is to let MACC to do the job since UMNO is very eager to finish him off. You do not buy his story, this also means the seller’s SD.

        What is your solution to the 2 party system as you are a believer if both are in the mess with one greater than the other? None? Cry and cry with kau beh kau pu? It is up to you to criticise which is very easy behind key board and since you do it early in knee jerk action reflecting back, one look smart? You do have a right to criticise and cry which a baby can do it but we also wish you can contribute more ideas and points.

      • How do you know i cry? Critised mean cry?
        What have you contribute other than praising every single move your Deity make.
        Right is right and wrong is wrong whether it’s UMNO OR Deity. Can you ask the Deity father whats happen to the promised he made call “Gelah Patah Declaration”?

        rajraman.Grow up Zoro.Don’t make the Political Trader beat around the bush.One day the same bush will burnt you or your future generation. UNMASK yourself and free your mind.

        Wake up and vomit out all the saliva you have bought from Political Traders.When more Malaysian start to question any wrong doing by Political Traders than we will have a better Malaysia at least for next generation.

      • When did I say Diety is good? I just offer a different view. You said hills are botak because you and Anil blame gomen allowing developer to carry out the works. My contention is if you are a hillslope owner, you have no right to an access road to your propertry? You cannot clear the trees in your property? What kind of law if bushes can be added but not cut? Also you demand a car which is your basic right and so is everyone but Penang is a finite place. You just mock and offer NO discussions or solutions when Penang is full of cars as observedby Hokkien Kia coming back from singapore for a visit with people like you demanding is your right and needs.

        You are also a political trader unknowingly. You trade having a car with congesting the island and more low land is required for roads. Since low land are taken for roads, ask where can housing be site? Politically you blame gomen and not what you can do for the country. So you really need to grow up and have look at your self.

      • Another usual parroting of “knee-jerk”.
        So dearth of words of proper expression.
        Better work in Chew Thean Yeang Aquatic & Pet.
        Btw, since you are not a Penangite, this pet shop for parrots like you is located in Burmah Road opposite Telekom.

      • You are talking about Botak Hills – there is a guideline developing any hills. If i am the owner the laws apply to me also but Deity Council sleeping while the owner rape the hills.Big time owner ( Developer ) not like me who are a mere ordinary guys.
        Read here. http://www.mbpp.gov.my/png_mpp-theme/pdf/penangsafety1409.pdf and after they awake from sleep they charge a mere peanuts.

        Cars – Selangor providing free shuttle bus,Johor follows and what your deity doing? More highway to bottleneck. Why not Deity provide shuttle Bus at least for general public where a car is a basic need since no proper Public Transport and activate the cheaper tram?

        I loves cars and expensive one made in German – Bonus life and Bonus income at my age and most of the time wears shorts and T Shirt like apek but i am a Indian apek..Since Teresa want to sell cheap,i want it.If the lady have more bad Feng Shui house i want it also. I thought you know them. Well since i have no contact with them and i believed Anil Blog is wanted list by DAP and surely monitor by Deity worshipper connected to Deity,please pass around the words – my offer. Please serious seller only and below market value by 30 to 50%.Offer valid 3 days only since i had renew my FD for mere 3.8 to 4.2%.
        Regarding Tunglang – He came to defend himself with his trademark kow-kow and as usual he spell my name wrongly.You settle with him.

        You asking me whether i know anyone honest enough in Politics – i know but they won’t last long in Political Game. Anil a good choice – What do you say Anil? Sure you will lose your deposit. Guarantee.If anyone gives a opinion and they are a Political Traders as you claim,then whoever cast their votes when election they are a Politician.

        rajraman. Again i say i am not from Penang,never seen Penang the last 38 years but very much interested in Penang Politics where i envy once the cheap minister set a good example by taking cheap AirAsia flight not like UMNO minister but things start to change when the same cheap minister belittle anyone criticised him.
        Funny side DAP (allegedly) now put a gag order on his members not to talk about the bangalow since they em·bar·rassed the Deity by issuing very funny statement – Feng Shui Bad,sell to a friend below market value, proud to sell to Chief Minister, accountant not a valuer etc.
        If Deity want a swimming pool he can get it done below 100k.Once he have a pool after 30 days he don’t even bother to see it unless visitors comes to his bungalow and he use the swimming pool as show off.
        I enjoy my day today and cocksure about it.
        My SD with lawyer – whatever i said is true and I swear to my A4 paper i just want the best for all Malaysian including you Zoro.

      • tunglang. you often visit your lo yau kei and learn to mock and mock incessantly.
        thank you as how can komtar be my diety and you and other are just making a booze of yourself

      • Did he steal steal your money? You have proofs that he trade or exchange Penang interest for himself. You do not want a good deal when you buy something? If you know and have a good relationship with a seller, do you pay a higher price or at a discount price? You mean you always want to pay at a market or higher pice including very happy to umno gomen on GST? Or as a seller, one can sell his property worth 5M ringgit on the paper with a snap of finger when Tunglang’s realators are having problems to sell less than 0.5M

      • You didn’t support Tunglang but mock him. You even accused Councillor Lim not a good manager.
        Deity never steal my money but to buy property below market value by half the actual value with first excused the bungalow is old and no swimming pool,It’s not a mansion like the Dentist, I am not a property agent to know the value,latest comment by Terresa Kok the Bungalow bad feng shui is sound funny. Now maybe the same BAD FENG SHUI haunt..

        rajraman. SD – well the UMNO use Holy books to swear and this seller use SD. I don’t believe. Even Terresa said she will sell cheap if she have a property to a friend. This not a defence but blind support. You ask Terresa if she have 1 to 3 million ringgit ( based on valuer ) property and sell to me by 30% less since i am not her friend. I will pay cash for her property.

        Maybe you can ask the seller if she still have any bad Feng Shui house to sell … 50% from market value and can she sell it to me? No need SD since i am not a Politician or member of any Political Party. Price range 1 to 2.5 million ringgit. Cash Deal.

        It’s doesn’t matter for me whether it’s UMNO or Pakatan – Abused of Power or deal done with cheap excuse i don’t support them. I want Politician be clean and this country will be clean too.

      • Tunglang mock himself about taking action on clamping and towing cars. I support him to clamp and tow if the all drivers including those from BN break the rules. Tunglang used to mock others who have different views with his bombastic language. How one feel if one is mock back. Further, I do not think Anil’wants his blog soley for mock which is a easy thing to do. Rather, have some contribution and discussions. Mocking is just repeating the same content.

        Not only me but others feel Dr Lim has short comings. What kind of father or manager if he does not speak out on behalf of his wife and children?

        Again if you have issues with Teresa and the seller why not you write to them and if share the outcome if you want. Or you are cocksure you are right. If you are speculating then is it fair to the seller and to yourself?

        Why not to write to teresa? You and tunglang loves others to do donkey job when you have personal issues with them. But you can do a favour to Anil by reporting the outcome.

        But in your life, you do look and received some good buys and deals. You always ask them why?

        You want good and clean politician. Have you met one or come to know one? Who is he? If none, why not you become one? Be the modern day Jebat. We will suppprt you after heat refining rather than good in mocking others.

      • rajaman666.
        Let he that mocks, time will tell who is the empty rubbish bin with putrefied saliva.
        Let he that soaks in lies & wonderful stories (of alibi) of bad feng shui, one day he will wake up in disbelief of his own distorted fever of worshipping.
        And finally, you keep up your sane words for these minions still in 308 euphoria of wonderful stories told by Niao Kong & his Chow Chow & gang of toeing-the-CAT-line.
        Cheers Kopi-O kau kau.

      • Talking about stealing.
        Political Traders during election they make millions of promises to get votes.
        This also i call stealing – Morally.

        Since Deity Old man launch “Gelang Patah Declaration” to win votes but (allegedly) never fulfill his promises after winning the vote, I consider that as stealing. Your Deity want every single Power until getting involved with Penang people’s rights to organised Religious festivals of Jetty Community. This is not your father’s land but the Government land. Deity don’t even know every piece of land and resources which belong to Government belong to all Malaysian. Deity just a caretaker and get paid by taxpayer $$$. If he not happy with his salary paid just resign and don’t bring in your father remarks.
        e vote with empty promises.

        Tell your Deity to learn the art of talking because he have no manners and learn a bit to respect another human opinion. As Public Servant every move he make people’s are watching. He is good but his new found wealth and power make him arrogant. I am an ordinary person,what i say people’s will just forget it after few minutes but when a Public Servant talk like he own the State people’s always remember.

        rajraman. At few occasion you have commented about me but i just ignore you because i don’t see anything in you other than blind supporter but you keep criticised me and this my reply to you and for your Master. I will follow up for the next 3 days any reply manually since follow up comments doesn’t works again.

      • you are just another pasar malam trader wanting to mock and giving cheap shots. you just wanting to trade back to the bn days whete different bn leaders will lead different religious processions. you want samy to sit on the stage and then collapse at one time. you avoid the about telling us the clean leader and offer no alternatives. just carry out with another mock and cheap shot. worst trading you commit is unable to offer alternatives but attack a person character. whether is black or white cat as long it catches the mice which is better than umno. big talk about jebat rather than hang tuah but still a mocking and cheap pasar trader. we believe in man of action and not pasar malam trader like you shouting murah and lelong

      • LELONG,LelONG oops Jual MURAH,MURAH,banyak MURAH,Jual MURAH, MURAH hanya untuk Tokong dan kawan2 tokong saja.
        Aiyaa, UMNO pun jual beli murah maa, tarak salah kerana kita sama2 orang Politik.

        Terms and Condition apply. No swimming pools,feng shui tarak bagus,jangan tanya harga pasaran sebab saya suka sama lu saya jual murah dan berasa bertuah jual sama orang Politic.

        rajraman. Pasar Malam Trader,
        but i am not selling since i have none to sell cheaply.Please refer to Teresa and the seller directly.Give up after all the solution given i become Pasar Malam Trader.
        End of Posting.

      • thank you for showing yourself as a low value pasar malam trader. umno using macc is more eager than you to nap him. macc is not bodoh. many indians have died in custory. where is jebat? or we have modern day jebat cares on petty character unless he steal rakyat money and trade rakyat property to benifit himself or cronies.
        bn has governed too long and result is a shame when a malaysian happened to be next to a singaporean or china man or india man. they only and speak about misdeeds, racially and religiously divided place from the news

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