MCMC: It takes three days to block a website

MCMC: It takes three days to block a website

MALAYSIA - Not many people know that it takes at least three days before an offensive website can be blocked from Malaysian eyes, the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC) said.

Even then, not every site that was reported to MCMC would be blocked, said MCMC new media department (monitoring and enforcement) director Devi Annamalai.

"First, you have to make a complaint and give enough information. Then, we (a unit within the new media department) will assess each complaint for 72 hours and the report will be handed over to an independent panel in MCMC which will then decide," she told The Star.

However, the complaint would have to be within MCMC's jurisdiction, such as pornography.

This year, the MCMC received many complaints about sites which allegedly contained deviant teachings and Shi'ite content.

"It's not our jurisdiction," she said, adding that those complainants were referred to agencies such as the Department of Islamic Development of Malaysia (Jakim) before MCMC could take up the case.

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