In part one of 'The kafir mouse that roared", I wrote my suspicions that one of my comments at Malaysia Today might have had something to do with the blocking of that website back in August of this year. Anyways, I suspected but never had confirmation that this was the case, until now. Raja Petra Kamaruddin (RPK), the founder and owner of Malaysia Today, wrote this in his column 'No Holds Barred' today:
So, on 26 August 2008, the MCMC (Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission- Ed) ordered all the Malaysia ISPs to block malaysia-today.net, which they did. But they still needed a reason to block malaysia-today.net and they found this reason in a comment posted by anti-jihadist. The problem is anti-jihadist posted that comment on 28 August 2008, two days after malaysia-today.net was put out of action. Is the MCMC clairvoyant and could see into the future? Did it have a crystal ball and knew, two days in advance, that anti-jihadist was going to post a ‘damaging’ comment? It is mind-boggling that the MCMC was able to block malaysia-today.net two days before the comment that caused it to be blocked was posted.
The MCMC realised that they could not justify blocking malaysia-today.net based on a comment by anti-jihadist that was posted two days AFTER the site was blocked. So they decided to unblock malaysia-today.net and instead detain me under Section 73 of the Internal Security Act, barely a few hours later, on vague grounds that I posted articles that incite Malaysians to hate its leaders plus insult Islam and the Prophet.
I don't agree with RPK's dates--according to my own records and the timestamp of the comment in question, I made the comment on the 26th of August. Nevertheless, I agree with the main thrust of his point, that my comment was merely a convenient pretext for something that the Malaysian Government had already decided to do anyway--namely, attempt to silence one of their fiercest critics. And as everyone who cares to know already knows by now, they failed to do this in spectacular fashion. If you want to see the 'damaging comment' that so enraged the Malaysian authorities, by all means, go take a look here at 26 Aug 11:02:44 (the original comment at M-T).
UPDATE: I've added a screenshot of my entire comment in question from the Malaysia Today. The timestamp at the top is fairly non-ambiguous (click to enlarge).
I am certainly sorry for any trouble I've caused RPK, his family, friends, supporters and readers. However, it should be blindingly obvious to all by now that the ruling party UMNO wants RPK silenced, by any means necessary, fair or foul, come hell or high water. My comment was just the convenient pretext they needed for their clumsy and hamhanded attempts at censorship. When that didn't work, the so-called authorities had to try something, anything else against him--ISA imprisonment, Sedition Act, everything but the kitchen sink. I'm surprised the Malaysian Police haven't arrested RPK for jaywalking!
I take great pride that my words were deemed so powerful and 'damaging' that the Malaysian authorities decided to break their country's own laws and shut down Malaysia Today. This of course had precisely the opposite effect intended, as Malaysia Today and RPK are now more widely known and read than ever before. And if I played even a small part in that, then I am thankful. Furthermore, I am very proud of being able to show the world just exactly what sort of thugs and tyrants are in charge in Malaysia, loathsome men who cannot abide by and fear mere comments on a website.
RPK may say Islam is about justice and tolerance. But as we've seen, Malaysia's ruling Muslims consistently demonstrate otherwise.