A MALAYSIAN online news portal known to be critical of the current government helmed by Prime Minister Najib Razak has been blocked by the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC).
The Malaysian Insider (TMI) reported today that several of its readers had been unable to access the website via local Internet Service Providers (ISPs) such as Celcom and Unifi.
Instead, they came across the MCMC notice that has become increasingly prevalent as the commission cracks down on websites posting content deemed contentious against the government.
TMI editor and chief executive Jahabar Sadiq said that the block was an “unpleasant surprise”, as today marks the portal’s 8th anniversary.
MCMC enforcement chief Zulkarnain Mohd Yasin confirmed the ban to TMI, adding that they would soon issue a statement.
It is believed that the ban came as a result of an article it published today, about how the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission has enough evidence to prosecute Najib over a scandal involving SRC International, a government linked firm.
Meanwhile, Malaysian netizens are sharing their thoughts and speculations over the block via social media.
— Khairil Yusof (@kaerumy) February 25, 2016
— Gayathry V (@gayathry) February 25, 2016
— Jay Jay Denis (@jayjaydenis) February 25, 2016
Can you access the Malaysian Insider? Apparently blocked by Celcom. What a birthday present from a corrupt regime. https://t.co/gD9th1HwkT
— #AtTheEdge, Malaysia (@AtTheEdgeMsia) February 25, 2016