Monday, May 26, 2008

Malaysian cybercops investigating 22 sites

The Malaysian Government Cybersquad, organized to fight whatever their government doesn't like in cyberspace, is swinging into action:

KUALA LUMPUR: Twenty-two websites and blogs have been investigated by the Malaysian Communication and Multimedia Commission (MCMC) for airing false, pornographic and baseless allegations.

Well, PI's got two out three on that score. No points for figuring out which two those might be. I wonder, is PI lucky enough to be on Malaysia's latest government 'hit list'?

Deputy Energy, Water and Communications Minister Datuk Joseph Salang Gandum told Senator Sharifah Azizah Syed Zain in Dewan Rakyat on Monday that out of those blogs investigated, the commission had also forwarded three investigation papers to the Attorney-General’s Chambers.

“Most of the blogs and websites are being operated using platforms from overseas and efforts to obtain evidence necessary for action often come to a dead end.

“Therefore, it’s very hard to take legal action against these blogs,”he said.

Awww, such a shame. The Malaysian junior fascists have my profound condolences. What, your lordship, you can't get the chowderheads at Google or Blogger to cooperate with your petty investigations? Tisk tisk, I'm sure it's a real big disappointment for you.

Joseph said the MCMC also did not license blogging activities, making it hard for both the ministry and the commission to have a comprehensive list of those behind these websites and blogs.

To another question, Joseph said the Government did not intend to set up a special body to counter “irresponsible blogging” as there were adequate laws such as the Sedition Act and Penal Code in place.

Irresponsible blogging. What a lovely piece of insipid, PC-inspired prose. That, my friends, is what PI is all about.

Congrats, Mr. Joseph. You win the PI "Idiotarian of the Week" award.

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