Bersih 2.0

Quoting a local news portal, ” Information, Communications, and Culture Minister Datuk Seri Rais Yatim today expressed belief that yesterday’s mass attacks on local websites may be connected to the upcoming Bersih rally. Rais described the cyber attacks as politically-motivated and intended to disrupt the workings of the government, but did not provide details as to how the denial of service attacks were related to the July 9 rally pushing for electoral reforms.”

He claimed that, “These cyber attacks are strange and, sadly, politically motivated.”

I’d like to know what he has been smokin’.

I am particularly unhappy with how the government is starting to censor the Internet. Blocking websites for whatever reason, is a form of censorship – particularly if there is no evidence nor proof that any of these sites actually broke any Malaysian law.

Even if the websites have been found to be guilty of copyright infringement, the law spells out the necessary punishments in the form of fines of up to RM10,000 per infringing copy. The law does not spell out blocking the site or shutting down a shop, as a valid form of punishment.

All I hope for is a government that adheres to the law and has a sense of justice and fair play. At the moment, our government has clearly got neither with delusional idiots running the show at the top – people who think that they know everything but know very little i.e. bodoh sombong.

I’d love to be at the Bersih launch party but I’ve got a party of my own to attend. I’m scheduled to be out of town during the first week of July but I’ll try my best to get back. 🙂

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Shawn Tan

Chip Doctor, Chartered Engineer, Entrepreneur, Law Graduate.

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