Blogger gets warning from MCMC

from Malaysiakini
Sep 15, 09

After probing Malaysiakini over the cow-head protest videos, MCMC is now turning its guns on a blogger. Chinese blog, ‘Tomyam Gossip‘, claimed to have received a warning letter from MCMC over its comment on Teoh Beng Hock’s death.

The blogger, believed to be Tan Teck Chin, 42, posted an email dated Sept 9 from MCMC which states that his posting ‘Teoh Beng Hock’s Death (3): Malaysia Bodoh’ in his blog on July 25 contains offensive content.

The email by Muhammad Azmeal Ali from MCMC Content Regulation Department, Monitoring and Enforcement Division also pointed out that MCMC is the administrator of the Communications and Multimedia Act 1998.

Section 211 of the CMA 1998 (Act 588) stipulates that the provision of indecent, obscene, false, menacing or offensive content with the intention to annoy, abuse, threaten or harass any person is deemed wrongful. (emphasis mine – EWO)

Upon conviction, the content provider shall be liable to a fine not exceeding RM50,000 or an imprisonment for a term not exceeding one year or both, and shall also be liable to a further fine of RM1,000 for every day or part of a day during which the offence is continued after conviction.

The email also “reminded” Tan that he should be mindful of the above mentioned provision in ensuring that the content of his blog does not contravene the required legal stipulation.

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by Eyes Wide Open

Looking at the definition of actionable offenses under the CMA, it would seem that it makes pretty good sense. However, now that certain parties have discovered that the MCMC can be used to go after those who report the truth or to get people for just having an opinion, things get pretty slippery.

In the warning email sent to Tan, the MCMC writes:

“For your information, the Commission has received a complaint that the abovementioned entry in your blog contains information that the complainant found to be offensive.”

So someone found Tan’s blog to have “offensive” content and complained to the MCMC about it.

But then, why would someone giving his opinion about the Teoh Beng Hock tragedy be deemed offensive – and offensive enough to be given a warning to shut up?

What is offensive? Why is it offensive? And who is it offensive to?

Is it the guys that this poster is addressed to?

No la, kidding! Our BN fellers are never behind any insidious manipulations of state agencies and government bodies! Especially NOT UMNO – they’re living angels, all of them!

Well, then what about these guys:

They certainly offended a huge segment of Malaysian society! No complaints and no action against him?

Oh…I forgot. This is MALAYSIA!

The guy stepping on the cow head and threatening bloodshed is not offensive. It’s video of the guy and the poor sop who published it who are offensive

OK, OK, OK. The purist MCMC apologists out there would dispute that this photo is irrelevant because it’s not from a blog. We shouldn’t compare apples to oranges.

So let’s compare blog to blog, then.

On my blog, I’ve been called all sorts of names by commentators that will easily qualify as “indecent”, “obscene”, “false”, “menacing” and “offensive”. And these people have certainlyannoyed”, “abused” and “harassed” me.

Where’s the guardian of national online morality – the MCMC? I’d like to have those character hauled up and their computers confiscated too! Ok, a warning email, at least, would be nice.

What’s that you say? Different context? The MCMC was warning the author of the blog and not the commentators?

OK…what about this blog then, who recently posted the following entry?

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WHO IS THE BLOODY B*ST*RD?

YES!!! Who is the b*st*rd of an Indian in the Malaysian Indian Congress who came up with the ‘garland of slippers’ idea?
…..

DON’T EVER insult Tun Dr.Mahathir Mohamad, unless you want the situation to get ugly.”

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Umm…I don’t have the depth of wisdom demonstrated by the MCMC but that certainly sounded “indecent”, “obscene”, “menacing” and “offensive” to me. I’m sure that such “abusive” statements would also certainlyannoy” people and even make them feel “harassed”.

How come no warning sent to them one?

Aaaargh! Too confusing for me la! Too Doublethink! Too 1984*!

But wait – maybe it’s because no one has complained to the MCMC yet! Maybe someone should!

In fact, maybe we should all start visiting all the blogs we don’t like and then lodge complaints with the MCMC on all of them.

Now THAT’s an idea! Let’s see what the MCMC’s gonna do about that!

*You can watch “1984” on youtube, by the way. It’s kinda fun to see just how far long down that path Malaysia is…

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