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PeterHng
16-03-2005, 01:24 PM
Blogger ‘cordially’ quizzed by cops
Pauline Puah
Mar 16, 05 10:32am

The increasing influence of weblogs seems to have attracted the authorities - at least the police department is keen to learn about it from a local blogger.

A four-member team - two police officers and two unidentified government officials - visited Mack Zulkifli, the blogger for brandmalaysia, to "understand the latest development of weblogs".

Launched in December last year, brandmalaysia receives about 2,000 to 3,000 hits a day.

The team came to Mack’s home in Subang Jaya on Monday and spent three hours there posing questions on the weblog and how to control its contents.

Mack said the ‘interview’ was held cordially and the team insisted that it was not an investigation.

“They told me this is something unofficial and I have a choice not to talk to them,” he said when contacted yesterday, adding that he agreed to talk as “I have nothing to hide”.

“I have not done anything wrong. So why not talk with them? My blog does not focus on politics or religion. It’s all about logic,” he explained.

However, he conceded that he was not comfortable as to why he was chosen for the interview.

“I don’t feel threatened,” he said, adding that under any circumstances, the bloggers should not be victimised.

Mack who is a management consultant said the team also kept on asking him why he continued blogging if there was no income from it.

“I said there was an income from the Google ads which amounted to about US$30-40 (RM114-152) a month, which was a negligible sum for me as I am earning about RM20,000 a month from my present job. Blogging is an interest,” he said.

Harassment

Meanwhile, another blogger Jeff Ooi said the police interview with Mack is a form of harassment to bloggers.

“I think this is a very worrying trend when more bloggers are being interviewed,” he said when contacted.

“The influence of weblogs is sizable although we can’t quantify it. That is why I think they want to learn more about it. It also sends us a signal that we are under watchful eyes,” he added.

Ooi was under fire when an allegedly offensive comment was posted on his weblog Screenshots in October last year.

On Feb 28, Ooi was called up by the police to give a statement under Section 298A of the Penal Code - which prohibits actions or conduct that could cause disharmony in society. The case is still pending.

I've read with interest the news at Malaysiakini that our Mack was "interviewed" by the authorities abt blogging. Felt we shud be aware of what the authorities were trying to do...

Sukhipanna
20-03-2005, 10:43 PM
I think blogging is a good way to share with others about the things that you think can be improved in our community.

On my drive back from Melaka this evening, my friend suggested that I should create my own blog that bring up topics that disturbed or affected me.

For instance, last Friday we were caught in a massive traffic jam from Pedas/Linggi to Alor Gajah interchanges - which took us 5.5 hours to drive from USJ -> Melaka! All because a lorry overturned, PLUS re-act slowly and the whole stretch of highway from Pedas/Linggi to Tampin turned into a car park!!!! While discussing about PLUS plan to charge summon on vehicles that spend too much time on PLUS highway, I wonder if we can ask PLUS for a free toll access when a 1.5-hour journey turned into a 5.5-hour journey???

I think PLUS did a good job of covering this issue up. It didn't even appear in the newspaper over the weekend!

If our own paper can't do this in a justified manner, I think a blog would be another channel for us to speak our thoughts!!!!

Long live weblogs!!

pcyeoh
21-03-2005, 12:57 AM
Always keep PLUS toll free phone number 1-800-88-0000 in your handphone. When you faced with such unusual situation, give them a call and asked them what is happening. They will tell you of the situation and even offer you options to continue your journey. Last year I was caught in a massive jam up north and they advised me to get off the highway and enter again after the accident stretch! Likewise, you also have to do your part. When I was travelling back to Penang, I gave 3 calls to them to send their men to assist motorists who were changing their punctured tyres at three different locations. When I saw those fellas risking their lives trying to change their tyres or wheels in the emergency lanes, I knew that they didn't know that PLUS can do that for them free or if they knew, they didn't know how to call them.

totoro
21-03-2005, 08:16 AM
this article came out in the Sun paper last weekend as well.

aroki
21-03-2005, 09:59 AM
Always keep PLUS toll free phone number 1-800-88-0000 in your handphone. When you faced with such unusual situation, give them a call and asked them what is happening. They will tell you of the situation and even offer you options to continue your journey. Last year I was caught in a massive jam up north and they advised me to get off the highway and enter again after the accident stretch! Likewise, you also have to do your part. When I was travelling back to Penang, I gave 3 calls to them to send their men to assist motorists who were changing their punctured tyres at three different locations. When I saw those fellas risking their lives trying to change their tyres or wheels in the emergency lanes, I knew that they didn't know that PLUS can do that for them free or if they knew, they didn't know how to call them.

pc - bro what is wrong with you. this is on blogging and our bro mack. You are talking about plus. sakitkah?? relax bro.

Bro Mack - hang in there buddy. if you ain't done nothing wrong, those guys can't do anything especially when you are speaking the truth. The truth hurts but that is the best way to deal with most situation. take care.