It died at 6.00pm on 26 August 2008.
Raja Petra Kamarudin no longer owns Malaysia Today.
Raja Petra may have started the original Malaysia Today.
But he does not own it any more.
Malaysia Today has been replaced by the son of Malaysia Today.
It is now called MT Harapan Malaysia, and
you can access it at mt.harapanmalaysia.com .
The son said he wants to avenge the death of its father. That's what he says.
And he is getting fiercer.
It was reported on Thursday that notices to the ISPs were sent out on Tuesday in accordance with Section 263 of the Communications and Multimedia Act.
Section 263 falls under the National Interest Matters part of the Act which states that an SKMM licensee would prevent their facilities from being used in, or in relation to, the commission of any offence under any law of Malaysia.
It also states that upon written request of the SKMM or any other authority, the licensee would assist to prevent the commission or attempted commission of any offence under any written law of Malaysia, including but not limited to the protection of public revenue and the preservation of national security.
Malaysia Today editor Raja Petra Kamaruddin said that blocking access to his portal was a breach of the Multimedia Super Corridor (MSC) charter and that he would turn it into "a big issue."
Under MSC Malaysia's 10-Point Bill of Guarantees, it is stated that that Government promised to “ensure no Internet censorship” as part of its commitment to ensuring the success of MSC status companies.
National Alliance of Bloggers interim president Ahirudin Attan said while it was obvious that the Government would say it was not censorship, the blocking of the popular website was definitely considered censorship.
Jelutong MP and a blogger himself, Jeff Ooi said that SKMM has neglected Section 3 of the Act, which ends with the statement, "Nothing in this Act shall be construed as permitting the censorship of the Internet.”
"The Commission is not the final judge to decide what is good and what is bad for Malaysians.
The Centre for Independent Journalism (CIJ) condemned the blocking of the site saying the action went against national commitments spelt out under MSC Malaysia's Bill of Guarantees.
"The Commission and the Government should acknowledge that the problem at hand is the failure of the mainstream media to fulfil its duties in reporting information adequately, truthfully and fairly," CIJ executive director V. Gayathry said in a statement.
In his blog, MCA vice-president Datuk Ong Tee Keat said he hoped that the SKMM would reconsider its decision and that he was a “little surprised and disturbed” about what had happened.
“Under the Multimedia Super Corridor (MSC) Bill of Guarantees, the government promised there would be no censorship of the Internet. I do not understand why the SKMM is resorting to this.”
“We should let the courts decide his (Raja Petra) fate,” Ong said, adding that forcibly blocking access to the website would only lend more credence to his writings.
“In fact, it is foolish to think that online censorship works effectively. There are still many other ways for surfers to access the portal.”
Telecommunications expert Dinesh Nair said it would be extremely difficult for SKMM to completely block the website although there were more technical ways to make the site inaccessible.
"All he (Raja Petra) has to do is to change the website address. If they want to block it again, they would have to issue more letters. He may have lost some viewers for a couple of days but it would be back to normal soon."
Dinesh added that although he did not agree with what SKMM had done, he could see "where they were coming from."
"It is one thing when you are saying something and it's an opinion but something else when you are putting it across as fact when it isn't," he said.
Deputy Energy, Water and Communications Minister Datuk Joseph Salang Gandum said he was not aware of SKMM’s directive to the ISPs.
“SKMM may have briefed the minister on the issue but not me,” he said.
Information Minister Datuk Ahmad Shabery Cheek, when asked to comment, said, “I am aware of the issue but it is not under my jurisdiction.”
Source: The Star