Malaysia in Slashdot for the wrong reason, again
Slashdot has a reader base more than the total newspaper subscription in Malaysia. Slashdot comments moderation is one of most comprehensive system found in the Internet.
US time , July 25 01:06PM, slashdot just put on a news : Malaysia Uses Anti-Terrorism Laws to Stop Bloggers.
This is not the first time Malaysia appear in the world arena shown as barbarian and laughing stock.
And you know, slashdot commenter never lack the sense of humour and insightful though.
Confusing the extremists
by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday July 25, @01:14PM (#19985489)
The Islamic terrorists are going to have a tough time figuring out where they stand on this: are they in favor because it punishes people who insult Islam or are they opposed because it’s part of an anti-terrorism effort?
For that matter, the right-wing conservatives are also going to have a tough time with this: are they opposed because it punishes people who insult Islam (a favorite pastime of right-wing conservatives) or are they in favor because they reflexively support anything that falls under the guise of anti-terrorism?
by Rycross (836649) on Wednesday July 25, @01:15PM (#19985499)
The intent of the law doesn’t matter one iota. What matters is what it allows. If it can be abused, then its very likely that it will be at some point. Even if the guys currently in charge use it responsibly, there is no guarantee that it will remain that way when leadership changes hands.
Of course, it’s always disheartening to see things like this:
“I was alleged to have insulted the king, and also Islam and incite racial hatred, so I am going in there to reply to all these charges. I promise I’m going to give them a hell of a tough time,” he told the BBC before he turned himself in.
Freedom of speech, except for the speech we don’t like. Somehow their assurances concerning the intent of the law don’t give me much confidence.
Re:The Problem with Insulting Islam…
by zussal (1058116) on Wednesday July 25, @01:38PM (#19985819)
Religion deserves to be made fun of. Too many people take it too seriously and want to force it on people.
How do you defeat terrorism?
by jez9999 (618189) on Wednesday July 25, @02:15PM (#19986311)
(http://www.game-point.net/ | Last Journal: Monday November 14, @10:19AM)
By not letting yourself be perpetually terrified.
Intent of the law
by IndustrialComplex (975015) on Wednesday July 25, @01:33PM (#19985743)
But officials insist the law is not intended to strangle internet freedom.
No, of course it isn’t intended to do that. That wasn’t a bug, it was just an unintended feature.
Lesson (which should have already been) learned: It doesn’t matter what the law was intended to do, but rather what the law can be twisted to imply. If a law can be interpreted in a manner, it will be interpreted manner. That’s the most important thing to understand from this article.
I’m glad of one thing, at least
by Prototerm (762512) on Wednesday July 25, @02:57PM (#19986871)
“The new rules would allow a suspect to be detained indefinitely, without being charged or put on trial.”
It’s a good thing America doesn’t do anything like that, right?
Excuse for Power
by Doc Ruby (173196) on Wednesday July 25, @06:26PM (#19989319)
(http://slashdot.org/~Doc%20Ruby/journal | Last Journal: Thursday March 31, @02:48PM)
I’ve been to Malaysia. It’s a shame, and scary for everyone, to see it descend into “Islamist” dictatorship. Because it was a “Muslim country” mostly in heritage and meaningless rhetoric until recently. It was almost, but not quite, as officially “Muslim” as, say, Canada is “officially Christian”. Canada’s still got a queen, too, but she’s mostly reduced to a bust on coins. Malaysia’s king was more powerful (and more local) than that, but not a whole hell of a lot, especially compared to the secular/elected government. And monarchy was steadily decreasing in any legal influence at all.
But now, Malaysia has the excuse to wield tyrannical powers by working with the terrorists in escalating terror supposedly “to stop terrorists” – by joining them in terrorizing the population. That’s the excuse of the powermongers, mainly because terrorized people often accept it. For a while, at least, until it’s too late to go back. Even the “Muslim” pretext is just another popular excuse. The authorities don’t care about any of that. They care about only power. And the money that power brings, and the power that money brings to stay in power to get more money.
I just hope Canada can hold out longer.
Re:Sharia Law? No thanks.
by Rycross (836649) on Wednesday July 25, @02:20PM (#19986381)
If the people that I know in the military are any indication, then the day a President unilaterally declares himself king/emperor/dictator for life is the day that some missiles are “accidentally” launched at said dictator. There are a lot of military folks who take that “uphold the Constitution” part of their duty very very seriously.