Friday, August 29, 2008
Sorry, it's not convincing
The arguments that we have heard so far for blocking Raja Petra Kamaruddin's website have not been convincing at all. If RPK has published materials that are libellous, slanderous and defamatory - and certainly many of his contents are - then, use legal ways to stop him. As I have said, sue him or charge him. If his contents are incorrect, rebuke his arguments and insist on a right of reply. That is how a democracy works. The Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (SKMM) may have the power to block RPK but the question is whether it is the right thing to do. It is not even politically clever because the decision would only create more discontentment against the government, which it can ill afford anymore. It is not just an unpopular decision, it is simply wrong. So what if it has blocked Malaysia Today, his readers can still read his website through his mirror site. What's the point in all this? See On The Beat column of the issue in The Sunday Star.