I am totally at a loss and confused nowadays. Maybe because of my pea-sized brain and poor intellect, I simply cannot understand the logic behind some of the happenings. For one, a blogger was recently arrested for investigation over a comment made in his blog.
After that, Raja Petra, whose blog 'Malaysia Today' is quite popular, was called in for a statement over a police report made by an Umno chief.
I am confused because there are many overseas websites with lots of abusive comments and derogatory remarks regarding our races, religions and our country. For example, if you go to the ever popular YouTube website, there will invariably be many derogatory comments about our country or the various races or religions.
Some of the comments there are 100 times worse than the comments made on our Malaysian bloggers' websites. Some of the language used is so foul, I won't even want my eyes to scan over it, you just might get conjunctivitis by reading them.
I normally just ignore all these comments, because most of them are baseless and senseless. Most importantly, majority of these comments are made by anonymous people, using all sorts of pseudonyms. Why should we be worried or bothered about something posted by those who dare not even use their own identities?
But as a simple man who is utterly confused, if our government is so concerned over bloggers, why haven't police reports been made against YouTube's owners?
If action cannot be taken against YouTube, since it is an overseas-based website (based in Big Brother's country), does it mean anyone using an overseas server will be exempted form Malaysian government action? Then, can't we extrapolate that Raja Petra's blog, which is based overseas, would be in the same boat as YouTube or Google?
And what about the hundreds and thousands of other overseas-based websites which host Malaysian blogs and which contain derogatory remarks about our country, our religions and our races? For example, Geocities, Wordpress, Blogspot, etc, etc.
Do we have to apply our law on these people too? Most of them are either US or UK-based. This is getting too complicated for me. Someone please answer these questions, for my sake. To a simple man like me, one simple solution is to obviously just leave the whole thing as it is.
Old people always tell the children, never stir a hornet's nest.