Malaysia cracks down on bloggers

The Malaysian government has warned it could use tough anti-terrorism laws against bloggers who insult Islam or the country's king. The move comes as one of Malaysia's leading online commentators has been questioned by police following a complaint by the main governing party. The new rules would allow a suspect to be detained indefinitely, without being charged or put on trial. But officials insist the law is not intended to strangle internet freedom.

Deputy Prime Minister Najib Razak told The Straits Times that the move was aimed at getting some moderation in postings on the internet, especially on sensitive issues: "Some people feel that they have crossed the line, in making racist remarks," he said. But the BBC's Jonathan Kent in Kuala Lumpur says the government also appears increasingly concerned about the growing online criticism of its record.

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I'm in Malaysia, I'm typing this on a computer, and I use handphones and PMPs and all. Last I checked, those didn't exist in the middle ages. Just because the government sucks, it doesn't mean the people are the same and should "leave the planet". If that's the case, earth should probably be empty by now, since all governments suck in a way or another.

Hikaru said,
I'm in Malaysia, I'm typing this on a computer, and I use handphones and PMPs and all. Last I checked, those didn't exist in the middle ages. Just because the government sucks, it doesn't mean the people are the same and should "leave the planet". If that's the case, earth should probably be empty by now, since all governments suck in a way or another.

Handphones?

We don't have those. We do have mobiles though.

kizzaaa said,

Handphones?

We don't have those. We do have mobiles though.

For some reason I've noticed in several places in SE Asia (mainly Malaysia, Singapore and Indonesia) that mobile phones are typically called "handphones". I sometimes get blank stares if I say I'm shopping for a "mobile".

kizzaaa said,

Handphones?

We don't have those. We do have mobiles though.

Pretty typical for people to just ignore parts of the world as if they don't exist. Cellphones, Mobile phones, handphones - they're all just more frequently used names of the same thing in different parts of the world.

kizzaaa said,

Handphones?

We don't have those. We do have mobiles though.

...and he's typing (typically) in his third language (most malays speak at least three languages [often in a single sentence!]) and using terminology that's local to him, not you. 'Cellphone' (US), 'Mobile' (UK) and 'Handphone' (MY)

"The Malaysian government has warned it could use tough anti-terrorism laws against bloggers who insult Islam or the country's king."

This is BS!... people should be able to say anything they want as long as it aint threatening the safety of another individual.... which this is not.

good thing they could never make a law like that in the USA

But officials insist the law is not intended to strangle internet freedom.

ofcourse not! who on earth would think such a silly thing!

quiet the people and maintain political, religious and mental control through the dissemination of propaganda and the twist of the arm tactics...

what else?