Malaysia Internet Ban on Anti-Government Web Site Draws Outcry

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    29 August 2008

    Malaysia has pulled the plug on a popular news portal often critical of the government, sparking protests from a resurgent opposition. Malaysia's telecoms watchdog ordered Internet providers to block access to the Malaysia Today ( Web site because it posted comments that could incite the country's multiracial society, a government official said on Friday. Home (Interior) Minister Syed Hamid said Malaysia Today's editor Raja Petra Kamaruddin had ignored warnings from the watchdog to abide by the law.