If You Can’t Beat Them, Censor Them

There is a disturbing sense of cockeyed raised eyebrows the moment I logged online and read this latest piece of work from Malaysia’s Prime Minister. It’s not enough that he puts a gag order on something that should have the freedom to be discussed in an open civil manner, but now Malaysian bloggers are to to be monitored to prevent sedition and rumour mongering that supposedly distrupts the society as well? I’m not much of a armchair politician, rather more like a rocket scientist, but what puts the icing on the cake for this one is that unlike the former issue which is important, this one really doesn’t really matter.

Yes we’ve got a lot of Malaysian bloggers talking about this. We have bloggers who compare the future state of Malaysia to George Orwell’s 1984. We have bloggers who give you the in-your-face impression. We have bloggers who turn poetic about the state the country is in and we have bloggers who actually do get the point about the whole thing.

At the end of the day though, you’re only going to realise as sensationalistic as this news is to Malaysians because the word “Bloggers” was printed in bold on the front page for any blind man to read, almost nobody gives two cents of a hoot about blogs much less reading them. The ratio for people who actually have access to the net against people who actually read blogs that talk about politics is pretty much negligable, so what’s the whole point of everyone making a big deal out of it?

Given that it doesn’t really matter, why are some people going bananas over this issue (while other people talk about how pretty they look in their picures) is entirely beyond me. Maybe it’s thing they call freedom of speech which for some reason gives people the power to say whatever they want. Being that people usually have mouths bigger than their two ears combined, clamping down their ability to keep their mouths open isn’t entirely well liked amongst those kind of people.

Still, when you look at it, this matter boils down to who’s more anal about unimportant issues and one of the questions you have to ask yourself is, with something clearly as unimportant as this being displayed on the front page, either our country is becoming that boring or it’s one of those smoke screens like that Sarajevo-masking-Clinton-affair thing we heard off a decade back. People feed on sensationalism, it doesn’t matter where we are, it is what wakes us up from our mundane reality and I don’t think the higher-ups are that clueless to realize this…or make use of it for that matter.

So, are you smart enough to realize that this is just another blown up banana or will you fall prey to it thinking that the net can really be regulated and monitored with the local resources we have right now? It’s that much of a mind boggling question isn’t it?

2 thoughts on “If You Can’t Beat Them, Censor Them

  1. It’s just that much hogwash. And it’s not as though it’s the first time the muzzle was threatened. They did the same routine back in 1998/99. The fact that we’re getting all this coverage from mainstream media makes me wonder whether they are just trying to blow it out of proportion because they fall under censorship and are simply green with envy. In other words, getting caught up with this and doing something extreme will indirectly force someone else’s hand. Puppet strings abound. Who’s holding what? Best to just let it blow over and be done with it.

  2. Bleh. I know I blogged about it, but I’m inclined to believe that this is a periodic thing; it’ll pop up once in a while. Heck, unless they start banning sites, I don’t think they can do much anyway. It’s the whole principal of the thing.

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