Major Crackdown on Malaysia Political Bloggers Started?

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Jul 23 2007
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In yet another breaking news (how FinanceTwitter wish there’s a similar CNN “Breaking News” in Malaysia), theStar reported that UMNO (the main party of the current ruling government) has lodged a police report against MalaysiaToday for carrying a series of comments and remarks that it deemed as insulting the Yang di-Pertuan Agong, degrading Islam and as inciting hatred and violence in Malaysia’s multi-racial society.

Party information chief Tan Sri Muhammad Muhammad Taib lodged the report at 12.57pm at Tun H.S. Lee police station here Monday. He said the comments and remarks, consisting of criminal elements and inciting religious and racial sentiments which could affect the country’s security, were carried by the blog on July 11.

The report was lodged under Section 121 (B) and Section 123 of the Penal Code, Section 4 of the Sedition Act 1948 and Section 263 and Section 266 of the Communications and Multimedia Act 1998.

Could this mark the start of a major crackdown on political bloggers who wrote the other side of the stories as compare to the traditional pro-government news? A visit to MalaysiaToday today often could not get through, most probably due to high traffic to the famous news portal which attracts tens of thousands of visitors per day. However the author was said to know in advance that his portal will be closed down on Monday and he will be charged and arrested.

What could be the reason for the possible charge or arrest of Raja Petra Kamarudin, the author of MalaysiaToday? Could it be due to this article which has many theories or could it be earlier articles which highlighted what could be the greatest exposure since the creation of George Lucas’s Star Wars or Steven Spielberg’s Jaws? Though many reasons could be presented as to why certain bloggers were being pulled into court, the latest crackdown on Raja Petra could spell that the General Election is indeed around the corner and the government is not taking any chance which will deny it the overwhelming winning ticket.

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