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Friday, September 4, 2009

MCMC Tells Malaysiakini To Take Down Cow-Head Protest Videos Updates: Angry Response

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Updates with Hisham: Don't blame cow-head protestors video. Malaysiakini reader angry responses.

by Lin Wen quan
Malaysiakini should not pull the videos out. There were actual events that took place and not something M'siakini made up. The first video merely exposes those perpetrators of hate and religious bigotry. The second shows that their provocative actions, not M'siakini's, found empathy with none other than the Home Minister. It is preposterous to make it look as if M'siakini created the incident in the first place whilst the authorities appear like mollycoddling the real culprits who caused outrage and anger not only to our Hindu brethren, but to all rational and tolerant Malaysians. read more here.

The home minister hishammuddin hussein and the police did not find the on site cow head demonstration offensive, illegal, racist or seditious and in fact the home minister even defended them. Then what is the MCMC business to issue order to independent news portal Malaysiakini to remove two 'provocative' videos, including the footage of the controversial cow-head protest, from its website.

I salute Steven Gan for taking his stand not to remove the videos.

This is the letter issue from MCMC and what Stevan Gan had to say.

The Malaysian Communication and Multimedia Commission (MCMC) has requested independent news portal Malaysiakini to remove two 'provocative' videos, including the footage of the controversial cow-head protest, from its website.

"These videos contain offensive contents with the intent to annoy any person, especially Indians.

"This is an offence under Section 211/233 of the Communication and Multimedia Act 1998," said monitoring and enforcement division senior acting director Abdul Halim Ahmad in a letter dated Sept 3. [letter here]

Under the communication and multimedia law, any individual found guilty of publishing content "which is indecent, obscene, false, menacing, or offensive in character with intent to annoy, abuse, threaten or harass any person" is liable to a fine of up to RM50,000 or a jail sentence.

MCMC, a government agency under the Information, Communications and Culture Ministry, is empowered to regulate matters relating to communications and multimedia activities, including private TV and radio stations as well as Internet websites.

According to the commission, it has received "numerous complaints" on several "provocative and offensive videos" that were posted on Malaysiakini and YouTube.

The videos cited were the 'Temple demo: Residents march with cow's head' and 'Hisham: Don't blame cow-head protesters'.
The second video is on Home Minister Hishammuddin Hussein's meeting two days ago with the residents who staged the protest and his subsequent press conference.

Last Friday, the residents of Section 23 in Shah Alam made international news when they paraded a severed cow's head on the city streets to protest the proposal to relocate a Hindu temple to their neighbourhood.

Some of the protesters were also seen spitting and stepping on the cow's head, while at the same time threatening to "shed blood". The cow is considered sacred by Hindus.

Editor: Our intention was not to offend

The protest drew flak from various quarters, including politicians from both Barisan Nasional and Pakatan Rakyat. Several police reports were also lodged against the protesters.

Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak had also expressed regret over the incident, which is being investigated by the police under the Sedition Act.

Commenting on MCMC's request, Malaysiakini editor-in-chief Steven Gan said both the videos are news events which are of public interest.

"Our intent in putting up the videos was not to 'annoy' anyone, but to do our job as journalists to draw attention to the protest and to ensure action is taken so that incidents like this will not happen again in Malaysia."

Gan said that there was no plan for Malaysiakini to take down the videos and the news website was seeking legal advice on the matter.


  1. Sorry Richard, I took the easy way out wuth this issue but it doesn't mean I've given up.

    Just not the time for me to throw wind to caution at this moment in time but it will happen soon.

    Sorry again. I feel so ashamed when you guys are doing more than I can at the moment.

  2. the guilty one is not the clip but who were in the clip.

    when there is a murder, do we hang the killer or we hang the knife? this is a question Kerisy found too hard to answer perhaps

  3. Very sad.. Is this OneMalaysia ??

  4. That made my day somewhat, and why did the banner said take beer? Am I wrong or are muslims not allowed to be associated with alcohol or anything intoxicating? very two sided and epic fail on protest, u wanna do it right, do so without being an asshole or a dick and just march not use a severed cow head. same goes to anyone of any races, using pig's head is equally shameful, wanna unite ppl? stay off other religious issues and let ppl choose which ever god or deity they wanna worship, in the end its up to personal choice. Ans I've met my fair share of ppl in my young life, not all are the same DESPITE what each different races in malaysia "brand" or stereotype each other. and as a malaysian I am telling all of you malaysians now that we all belong to different ethicity fcking deal with it! Doing what they are doing and again im not only talking about cow head or pig heads or any other heads or that matter is THE SAME as saying anyone that is of african descent is up to no good and is a gangster,illiterate rapper, gun totting killer and criminal. Check oout Obama, he changed perceptions across the world, and I think it should start with every malaysian regardless or your race and creed.
    Just my two cents, if you all insist on being racist and everyone is guilty of it (even me at one point), should just really consider migrating. our children will learn the same hate that we instill, its the same that we learn from our forefathers, you whoever is reading is responsible for that change...else 20 years down the same road we will be calling each other "sohai ma-chan", "cina babi" , "kunji naata" and many other vulgarities that I have heard from each and every other ethicity. Unite and put all those away for a better future, and correct me if I am wrong, have any of you wondered why our government has such a strangle hold on us? Its what the brits taught our forefathers.. it's called divide and conqueor. And all the ministers of different races are enjoying these racial tensions and laughing at us rakyats while they get away with almsot everything even murder. To each individual races they are supporting the betetrment of your race and your race alone, but behind closed cabinet meetign doors they are in cohoots laughing away to a glass of cognac or wine or whatever, and do this day in and out Just Wash,Rinse and repeat. So u get the malays supporting malays, chinese for chinese, indian for indians and etc and they all are telling you that other races besides you own are to blame and is shit. Think about can pass this a some random ranting or just some form of advice. Think about it, what better way to make money if you RUN a delusional,paranoid,xenophobic population who is afraid of their own shadow or countrymen and start thinking that the other is trying to bring another down. You really really make money this way.. Ever wonder how a country grows in strength? This is how and what most developed countries has achieved in the world, they call themselves the ppl of that country, and they are "colour blind". Its either unity or bust or malaysia and that ice is getting thinner and thinner my friends. YOU DECIDE.



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