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Another nail in the MSC-coffin April 5, 2007

Posted by elizabethwong in Human Rights, Malaysia, Note2Self, Politics.

We’re fast becoming a nation of paperwork.

We have to be licensed to exist, to drive, to vote, to print etc. Now it appears that we need to be licensed to blog or to own a website too, that is, if one is hosted on a local site, with a local domain name.

Not that it’ll affect bloggers and website owners in a big way, for all they need to do press a few buttons and migrate to ‘land-of-the-free” servers.

Getting out of “.com.my” isn’t that hard either, plus it’s heaps cheaper without the “.my”.

A Communications Minister should have been briefed that a statement such as the one uttered by Shaziman Abu Mansor, is but a prelude to an exodus. No one likes to be controlled, more so by dimwits the likes of the said Ministry.

This will however impact on local web-hosting companies who are already struggling to compete out there. Some of us have been trying to support these companies of late, but it appears the Government is so adamant in regulating local sites, that there is only one way out.

So much for the MSC-dream.

(If you need to move your site to another server overseas, drop a line in the comment box and I’ll refer you to a great pro-human rights, pro-blogging web-hosting company)

Bloggers may have to register

BLOGGERS using locally hosted websites may be asked to register with the authorities, Deputy Energy, Water and Communications Minister Datuk Shaziman Abu Mansor said.

He said registration was one of the measures the Government was considering to prevent the spread of negative or malicious content on the Internet. (Con’t)



1. Kean-Jin Lim - April 5, 2007

Really puke to it.

Might as well shut down internet connection in Malaysia. Sounds like we are toward to communist country rather than a
“democracy” country.

2. Libra - April 5, 2007

Anyway most of the popular blogs do not have “com.my”. So what’s the problem?

I can hear the dog barking at the moon.

EW: But quite a few are hosted locally. In fact, some of us have been promoting and using a local ‘hoster’ to bring back business to Malaysia. So now, you can imagine what our recommendation will be.

3. midnitelily - April 5, 2007

i fall under that category unfortunately. i host with Exabytes – who are the best service for me so far… i suspect something bad frm their recent email re: their MyLoca servers in Cyberjaya (owned by TMnet) Apr 14 & 15… “TMNet has scheduled a repair and audit activities in the CBJ1 Data Center (formerly known as MyLoca) that involved the whole Data Center.”

how will the govt know its a msian being hosted? my Aussie bf is hosted at Exabytes too.

4. mediarakyat - April 5, 2007

Our Ministers are famous for thinking & speaking thru their “patpat”.

5. LC_Teh - April 5, 2007

Just another deputy wearing a dunce cap elbowing for some space in the spot light? Doesn’t matter I sound like an idiot, just wanna look like a star?

6. LC_Teh - April 5, 2007

And there goes another of our efforts to promote local business being shot in the foot by another…. oh don’t bother… tires me out trying to count the number of clowns and their boo-boos..

7. kittykat46 - April 5, 2007

I guess they can force local web hosting companies to require bloggers to register, or else they lose their business licence.
Bloggers will prefer to go to overseas hosts, again with detrimental impact on the local IT industry…what a shame.

See all the Ah Long’s plastering their contact numbers on every lamp post and signboard for everyone to see ? There’s a law requiring all money lenders to be licensed, yeah ? If only the authorities went after those guys with the same enthusiasm.

8. muhammadyunus - April 5, 2007

Congratulations on the proposal! This is absolutely a breakthrough. For the first time, a donkey will have it’s limelight.

9. Rikey® from WATTAHACK? - April 5, 2007

EW: pls drop me a note on the hosting

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