Saturday, January 22, 2011

The "Apa-apa pun bolehLah" culture

It's a special culture which Malaysians have. Yes, we aim high, have very great expectations. Sometimes, we achieve our so called SUPERB excellency; but most of the time, when we fail, an "Whateverlah" will solve all the problem. We were taught, told and train to tolerate. Tolerate our surrounding, environment, races, culture, languages, human behaviours and all sorts of stuff. Sometimes, to tolerate the "getting less for the money you paid"situation, if you get what i mean.

We tolerance level is so high that, in some way, it's good, cause it means less arguments, quarrels, wars and of course, we have world peace. But without clashing ideas and the passion to express individual opinions, how far could we go? What I am trying to say is that, arguments are sometimes needed for us to grow and mature.

So instead of being such a nice goody goody that is able to tolerate so much, Malaysians, maybe we need to stop, reflect and

Haha actually my purpose for this post wasnt the taxis, i just wrote that for...the fun of writing it. Oh ya, i was actually reading about internet censorship, particularly in Wikipedia.
There are lots of info about the censorship in various countries around the world. It made me feel that should we pity them (Like North Korea) for the government had held such strong dictatorial way of governing not only on their normal medium of communication, but also their INTERNET.

North Korea is not categorized by ONI but is on RSF's internet enemy list. Only a few hundred thousand citizens in North Korea, representing about 4% of the total population, have access to the Internet, which is heavily censored by the national government.[26] According to the RSF, North Korea is a prime example where mediums of communication are controlled by the government. According to the RSF, Internet is the medium most used to the service of the North Korean government to primarily spread propaganda. The North Korean network is monitored heavily with only two websites being hosted under a domain name. All websites are under government control, as is all other media in North Korea.[9]
Quoted from Wikipedia under Internet Censorship.

That's very saddening. Ok, back to what I should be saying about. So, i was continue reading then...Finally, reach Malaysia's part. Yes, malaysia' internet censorship was catergorised as nominal, which was expected. While other countries had perform filters and ban over pornographic sites and social networks, we seems to have no problem to those sites (no, I dont watch porn). Good news then, compare to our fellow neighbours, we can to enjoy the freedom of expression in cyber sphere which is invisibly suppressed in our daily real life.
But then, this is what I found there:


There have been mixed messages and confusion regarding Internet censorship in Malaysia. Prime Ministers Abdullah Badawi and Najib Tun Razak, on many occasions, have pledged that Internet access in Malaysia will not be censored and that it is up to parents to install their own censorship software and provide education to their children (provide self-censorship). The ISPs also actively deny that there are Internet filters in place when asked. However, the Communications Minister has occasionally announced that they are working on a nationwide filter, but each time such an announcement is made the Prime Minister makes a rebuttal to emphasize that there will be no Internet censorship. The state ministries of Terengganu and Kelantan have also announced that they have statewide filters in place in their respective states.

Porn sites such as and are blocked without any notice or reason.[citation needed]

In 2006 Deputy Science and Technology Minister Kong Cho Ha has announced that all Malaysian news blogs will have to be registered with the Ministry of Information. He justified this by stating the law was necessary to dissuade bloggers from promoting disorder in Malaysia's multi-ethnic society.[97]

The web page, which expresses a critical view on Islam, is blocked in Malaysia (December 2010).

WikiLeaks, the popular whistle-blowing site, has also been blocked by the Malaysian ISPs. Trying to access countries under categories brings a 'Link is Broken' error message for the use
(Quoted from Wikipedia under Internet Censorship)

The first sentence totally make me embarrassed, as a Malaysian. While all the other countries, developed or not, had their firm stands in this global issue about human rights, why then we have "mixed messages and confusions"? That's why i said it's the "apa-apa pun bolehlah" culture. We don't like arguing, so do our dearly beloved Prime Minister. So instead, of making a decisive conclusion, we just prefer to stand in the middle.

I don't know how to continue on this matter. It just made me laugh, sympathetically at our own "cute" culture. Well, Keep it up MALAYSIANS!!!