Anyway, I would like to just put this out there, hoping it will stand out amidst the sea of "it's a waste of time and of no use" and "it violates the MSC Bill of Guarantees" comments, this quote by Nart Villeneuve (2006):
Once a national filtering system is in place, governments may be tempted to use it as a tool of political censorship or as a technological “quick fix” to problems that stem from larger social and political issues.
Sounds probable. And I base this on how paedophillic our DPM looks, how overeager our Info, Comm & Culture Minister looks and how shady our PM looks (what with all the implications in criminal activities hor). I may be bullshitting but you can't deny that our ministers tend to take the easy way out for most matters.
What will they block next? The opposition's sites? Anti-corruption sites? God forbid, YouTube, for hosting videos of (keyword:)Malaysian enforcement officers beating up a suspect in custody *hint wink nudge*.
I have to wonder if they've considered how relatively simple it is to circumvent filters though. Because that would already have rendered the filters useless to a percentage of internet users.
** The MSC Bill of Guarantees dictates that the Malaysian government guarantees not to censor the internet as part of a commitment to foreign investors.
I don't know if the title makes sense. In some contexts, yes, it does.
And just to rub it in...
I got this from a government website.