Veteran bloggers condemn blocking of sites


KUALA LUMPUR: Veteran journalist A Kadir Jasin has accused the Najib administration of “playing judge and executioner” in its decision to block several blogs today.

Kadir, who is himself a popular blogger, challenged the government to take bloggers to court instead of blocking them without clearly stating why.

“Currently, all you see is a vague notice stating that the blog has violated national laws,” he said in an interview with FMT.

“Who judges whether these blogs have violated the law?”

He condemned the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC) for what he said was its “audacity in playing judge and executioner” and urged the government to be more open and transparent.

Another veteran blogger, Firdaus Abdullah, questioned whether the blocking of blog sites had anything to do with the “transformation promised by Prime Minister Najib Razak”.

Firdaus administers the popular political blog Apanama.

“The current administration is more concerned about making Najib look as innocent as a newborn baby,” he said. “They’re so focused on this that they don’t care about how the country is perceived by the international community. They ruin the country’s image when they do things like this.”

FMT has emailed queries to the MCMC on the issue and is awaiting its response.