Parliament: 39 websites, blogs banned (Update)
By LESTER KONG
KUALA LUMPUR: The Government has released a list of banned websites and blogs with allegedly “offensive” and “obscene” elements.
In a written answer to a question by Teresa Kok (DAP-Seputeh), Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak said access to 39 websites and blogs was not allowed, especially on government office computers.
Najib also said several websites and blogs were being investigated by the police pending further action.
Action has also been taken by the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission and the police against nine suspects.
The website www.shilesjack.com had also been blocked for allegedly having seditious elements, he added.
Kok had asked the Prime Minister whether the Government had a code of ethics for civil servants on the usage of Internet facilities in government departments.
Najib said a circular titled Guideline on Procedural Use of Internet and Electronic Mail at Government Agencies was issued to civil servants on Nov 28, 2003.
He said such employees were forbidden from activities that violate the terms of Internet usage at government departments.
Among the activities disallowed are using pirated software; sending information repeatedly that may annoy others; uploading, downloading and keeping obscene materials in the form of text, images or speeches; issuing statements tarnishing the Government; and misusing online public discussion facilities such as newsgroups and bulletin boards.
Government employees are also not allowed to go into online chat sites, nor to use the their department’s Internet facilities for personal reasons or business and political activities.
The Malaysian Administrative and Management Planning Unit has also released a code of conduct on the use of the Internet and email by government employees on its website.
The 39 banned sites are:
skodengawek.blogspot.com (transferred to skodengkrewz.blogspot.com, also banned)
Blog2 porno mmg patut la kena banned. Jgn blog politik pun nk banned jugak.