Amidst uproar from Malaysian netizens, today’s announcement by the Energy, Water & Communications Minister, Datuk Shaziman Abu Mansur, has put a new kink in the plot. Datuk Shaziman was reported to have said that the governmenthad not ordered the Malaysian Today website to be banned.
According to news reports, Datuk Shaziman stated that the government only gave “general instruction” to the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC) to allow all blogs and websites to function provided they adhered to provisions under the Communications and Multimedia Act 1998. In the same report, Datuk Shaziman confirmed the commission’s independence, and that he “was told” by the commission that they intended to block the news portal under the provisions of s. 263 of the Act.
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