Wednesday, August 29, 2007

Blogger summoned for "faking" it

update, 5pm on 30th August, 2007
Is this your blog?
Sheih spent about 90 minutes with Mazlan Othman, said to be the new head of the MCMC's enforcement division. Mazlan said the "interview" was part of the probe into Tien Chua's doctored pic but 19 out of the 20 questions that Sheih had to answer were on his blog and on himself. "It feels like they were probing my blog instead of the picture," Sheih told us over lunch. We did not eat because we did not have the appetite for food.
Sheih was "interviewed" at the Companies Commission's office in the Mall, opposite PWTC. Mazlan told Sheih that the MCMC had considered calling me in as well and that Tien Chua and Jeff Ooi had given their statements, too.
At the end of the interview, he was asked to sign and initial on 14 pages of answers he had given. He was not given a copy as that was the procedure, or so he was told.
The whole exercise came under Section 256 (2) of the Multimedia Act 1998, so he was told, too.

I told him (and Zorro and Tony Yew, who were there to walk with Sheih) that All-Blogs will need to put up a posting to inform bloggers of what they should/could and should not/could not do if Mazlan or anyone from the MCMC approaches them for an interview.

p.s. On Tien Chua's pic, Sheih was asked how he could tell if a picture was doctored.

Original posting:
Probe into Tien Chua's doctored pic begins.
Sheih, the original posterboy of Malaysian blogging, will be in Cyberjaya tomorrow morning at 11 to have his statement recorded, by the Multimedia Commission, on a picture of the DPM, Razak Baginda and a woman that was supposed to be Altantunya posted in the blogs.
The digitally doctored picture was "created" by Opposition politician Tien Chua on his blog in early July. Sheih took Tien Chua's picture, added a "FAKE" watermark on it, and highlighted it under his posting You give us a bad name.
Everyone knows it's a doctored picture. Sheih even watermarked it. So we are not sure what the Multimedia Commission will be trying to establish by summoning Sheih and recording his statement.

But some of us will be there with Sheih to find out.

19 comments:

ZURICH said...

abang attan... kita bersama mohon kepada ALLAH sejahterakan lah keluarga ini..


2 beradik maut dalam kebakaran semasa ditinggalkan di rumah
BUKIT MERTAJAM 29 Ogos - Sudah menjadi jadual harian seorang ibu mengayuh basikal menghantar dua anak kecilnya ke sekolah dan meninggalkan dua lagi di rumah di Kampung Sungai Rambai di sini.

Bagaimanapun, hari ini malang menimpa, rumahnya terbakar hangus bersama bayinya berusia lima bulan dan anak lelaki berusia empat tahun.

Ketika kejadian kira-kira 8.30 pagi, Jamilah Abdullah, 30, menghantar dua anaknya, Mohd Khairul Shahul Hamid, 8, ke Sekolah Kebangsaan Sungai Rambai dan Firdaus, 6, ke Tadika di Taman Tan Sai Gin, kira-kira satu kilometer dari rumahnya.

Sekembalinya ke rumah, wanita itu terkejut mendapati api marak menjilat rumah papan yang didiami mereka.

Mayat Mohd Azman,4, ditemui terlentang kira-kira dua meter dari mayat adiknya Mimi Zuraina, lima bulan, di dalam buaian.

“Waktu saya sampai di rumah, api sudah marak dan saya cuba untuk menyelamatkan anak keempat dan kelima saya, tetapi dihalang oleh jiran kerana api sedang marak,” katanya ketika ditemui pemberita di bilik mayat Hospital Bukit Mertajam (HBM).

Jamilah berkata, ketika meninggalkan dua adik-beradik itu di rumah, Azman sedang duduk bersarapan roti di bawah tangga dapur, manakala Mimi Zuraina sedang nyenyak tidur dalam buaian.

“Saya cukup sedih kerana tidak sempat membawa mereka keluar. Semua barang elektrik, ubat nyamuk dan api dapur ditutup sebelum saya tinggalkan rumah setiap hari, tetapi kali ini saya tidak tahu apa yang berlaku,” katanya.

Beliau berkata, suaminya, Shahul Hamid Ali, 56, ditahan di Penjara Pulau Pinang sejak bulan lepas atas kesalahan dadah, manakala seorang lagi anaknya, Mohd Syukur, 9, tinggal di asrama Sekolah Agama Ara Kuda, Tasek Gelugor.

Seorang jiran keluarga itu, Azizah Mustafa, 37, berkata, beliau terkilan kerana tidak berupaya menyelamatkan dua adik-beradik itu walaupun mendengar Azman menangis dan menjerit perkataan api.

“Saya dengar dia (Azman) jerit api, api... dan dia juga menangis, tetapi saya tidak dapat berbuat apa-apa kerana api marak dengan cepat dan keadaan di situ sangat panas,” katanya.

Dalam pada itu, Pegawai Penjaga Balai Bomba dan Penyelamat Bandar Baru Perda, Hadzi Mohd Yusof berkata, semasa pasukan itu tiba, kira-kira 90 peratus bahagian rumah itu sudah musnah dijilat api.

Sementara itu, Ketua UMNO Bahagian Bukit Mertajam, Senator Datuk Musa Sheikh Fadzir yang melawat keluarga mangsa menghulurkan sumbangan sebanyak RM2,000 dan bantuan Majlis Kebajikan dan Pembangunan Masyarakat (Mayang) sebanyak RM500.

Beliau juga berjanji akan menguruskan sebuah rumah untuk mereka.

“Mereka akan menetap sementara di rumah kakak ipar (Jamilah) di Kampung Permatang Rawa sementara menunggu rumah bantuan disediakan untuk mereka di rumah pangsa Desa Wawasan,” katanya.

ZURICH said...

abang attan... kita bersama mohon kepada ALLAH sejahterakan lah keluarga ini..


2 beradik maut dalam kebakaran semasa ditinggalkan di rumah
BUKIT MERTAJAM 29 Ogos - Sudah menjadi jadual harian seorang ibu mengayuh basikal menghantar dua anak kecilnya ke sekolah dan meninggalkan dua lagi di rumah di Kampung Sungai Rambai di sini.

Bagaimanapun, hari ini malang menimpa, rumahnya terbakar hangus bersama bayinya berusia lima bulan dan anak lelaki berusia empat tahun.

Ketika kejadian kira-kira 8.30 pagi, Jamilah Abdullah, 30, menghantar dua anaknya, Mohd Khairul Shahul Hamid, 8, ke Sekolah Kebangsaan Sungai Rambai dan Firdaus, 6, ke Tadika di Taman Tan Sai Gin, kira-kira satu kilometer dari rumahnya.

Sekembalinya ke rumah, wanita itu terkejut mendapati api marak menjilat rumah papan yang didiami mereka.

Mayat Mohd Azman,4, ditemui terlentang kira-kira dua meter dari mayat adiknya Mimi Zuraina, lima bulan, di dalam buaian.

“Waktu saya sampai di rumah, api sudah marak dan saya cuba untuk menyelamatkan anak keempat dan kelima saya, tetapi dihalang oleh jiran kerana api sedang marak,” katanya ketika ditemui pemberita di bilik mayat Hospital Bukit Mertajam (HBM).

Jamilah berkata, ketika meninggalkan dua adik-beradik itu di rumah, Azman sedang duduk bersarapan roti di bawah tangga dapur, manakala Mimi Zuraina sedang nyenyak tidur dalam buaian.

“Saya cukup sedih kerana tidak sempat membawa mereka keluar. Semua barang elektrik, ubat nyamuk dan api dapur ditutup sebelum saya tinggalkan rumah setiap hari, tetapi kali ini saya tidak tahu apa yang berlaku,” katanya.

Beliau berkata, suaminya, Shahul Hamid Ali, 56, ditahan di Penjara Pulau Pinang sejak bulan lepas atas kesalahan dadah, manakala seorang lagi anaknya, Mohd Syukur, 9, tinggal di asrama Sekolah Agama Ara Kuda, Tasek Gelugor.

Seorang jiran keluarga itu, Azizah Mustafa, 37, berkata, beliau terkilan kerana tidak berupaya menyelamatkan dua adik-beradik itu walaupun mendengar Azman menangis dan menjerit perkataan api.

“Saya dengar dia (Azman) jerit api, api... dan dia juga menangis, tetapi saya tidak dapat berbuat apa-apa kerana api marak dengan cepat dan keadaan di situ sangat panas,” katanya.

Dalam pada itu, Pegawai Penjaga Balai Bomba dan Penyelamat Bandar Baru Perda, Hadzi Mohd Yusof berkata, semasa pasukan itu tiba, kira-kira 90 peratus bahagian rumah itu sudah musnah dijilat api.

Sementara itu, Ketua UMNO Bahagian Bukit Mertajam, Senator Datuk Musa Sheikh Fadzir yang melawat keluarga mangsa menghulurkan sumbangan sebanyak RM2,000 dan bantuan Majlis Kebajikan dan Pembangunan Masyarakat (Mayang) sebanyak RM500.

Beliau juga berjanji akan menguruskan sebuah rumah untuk mereka.

“Mereka akan menetap sementara di rumah kakak ipar (Jamilah) di Kampung Permatang Rawa sementara menunggu rumah bantuan disediakan untuk mereka di rumah pangsa Desa Wawasan,” katanya.

kean-jin lim said...

Please keep us update. Thanks for your time.

mob1900 said...

As suspected, em-see-em-see is established as a proxy to prosecute bloggers and any internet users who write anything against AMNO or its cronies, it's being used as a political tool to deter anything against its parties. Then it shouldn't be funded with Tax Payer's money. Please disband this farce Commission!

Sri said...

when tian chua posted this picture, it was obvious to me that it was meant to give the viewers a pictorial glimpse of what the actual picture might look like.
I knew it was fake, tian chua knew....whats the big deal?

Cant i create an image of badawi sleeping on a mattress?

what is strange is how fast the cops react to anything anti government but will not act on the millions of other BS that the government does.

hasilox said...

This is a blardy joke. MMC? Macam-macam can.

No wonder the sms con is still unresolved. This is what they are busy with. Who said they deserve increment again?

Anonymous said...

One thing I can tell you about MCMC, they formulate by-laws, rulings, codes and what not which they themselves are in the dark about. Hmm...having said that, perhaps this is also true for the entire government agencies in Malaysia with the exception of one or two.

As I remember it, the Communications and Multimedia Act 1998 has the provision that any contention within its jurisdiction should be brought to any of the 4 forums formed by the very act itself; 2 are meant for the players of the industry, while the other 2 are:

1. Communications and Multimedia Consumer Forum of Malaysia - for disputes between consumers against service providers, as well as sp's against sp's.

2. Communications and Multemdia Content Forum of Malaysia - for complaints against the contents sp's or individuals within the same context.

In this case and going by the CMA1998, this issue - if its any at all - should be looked into by the Content Forum and not MCMC.

In instances where there is an impasse - Content or Consumer - it is only then the matter should be brought to MCMC. As far as I know, Content Forum may be in the dark about the matter (that does in no way mean they are bright either).
- Amir.

Satria Asia said...

Ah! Maybe they want to give him a commendation?

Anonymous said...

Harap Sheih, yg pernah dalam satu episod di blogosphere boleh bagaikan lalang mengikut angin, sudah berubah sikap.

Harap dia memahami semangat kesetiakawanan dalam blogosphere lebih dari keinginan glamour seorang penerbit filem.

A KADIR JASIN said...

Sdr Rocky's Bru, you said:

"So we are not sure what the Multimedia Commission will be trying to establish by summoning Sheih and recording his statement."

We cannot be presumptious. I think MMC has every right to ask questions.

What assurance do we have that everybody in the MMC is IT literate and computer savvy?

Many government appointees to commissions and boards of GLCs are actually ignorant about the operations of their commissions and companies.

They were appointed because they lost the election or bacause they are somebody's good friends.

Even if the MMC is knowledgeable, their masters may not.

From recent statements, it's clear that many pembesar (VIPs) are clueless about ICT, the news websites and blogs.

Don't be fooled by their seemingly clever statements. They were merely pontificating based on half-baked information fed to them by their grovelling underlings.

On the other hand, bloggers should use such an opportunity to educate their handlers and minders.

From such TV channels as Animal Planet, Discovery and National Geographic, we learn that dog trainers and handlers learn as much from the animals they are training and handling.

Learning is a too way traffic. Only a fool thinks he knows everything. I am still learning about blogs, in particular the people's reaction to them.

Even this morning a retired editor of a mainstream newspaper told me that I would be surprised at the number of adults who are migrating from the newspapers to online news including blogs.

Thank you.

shar101 said...

Googling for evidence, bro?

Is the MCMC 'interviewing' bloggers because of what we published or was it because some commentators have said that there is a 'real' pic lying around somewhere.

And pray, do tell us on how to respond to this.

Heck, I posted the same thing under 'Well done, Tian Chua', so am I next? Can we do a combo-interview, you and I, with each of us answering 10 Qs so as not to waste their (or will it be our) time.

Pasquale said...

Rocky!

Messages from Zurich seem to me like he or she is trying to say something!
Like, we are missing the forest for the tree, or is it the tree for the forest!

We seem to forget the real issue here of people struggling to stay alive let alone to come to term with a whole family being burnt to death, and may be we can set up a fund to help the woman who had her two children died in a blaze! I will pledge RM100.00 what says you!
Actually who cares about the MMC and the thought police (I don't), ordinary people need bloggers' help, time for charity work, eh!

Pasquale said...

Sorry guys!

It seems to me that this Sheih Kickdefella is just another serial attention seeker, from what I have observed! I would not pay any attention to him even if my life as a free citizen depends on his psychotic and erratic behaviour, first he disappeared than resurfaced, then an apologist to a monster, and now this!
How can a private citizen allow himself be hauled by people claiming to be from somewhere high up doing it for national security!? Hogwash! If I were him I would have hired a lawyer and then lodge a police report over this intimidation on a private citizen who has every right to critisise government policy deems a dud! Rockybru beware of becoming another serial attention seeker it does not do your respectable standing as one of the top bloggers any good
(p.s. please prevent any negative diatribe over my comment)

mustang said...

may not be related but The Man Who Sold The World has something for Citizen Nades on its blog.

Roxanne said...

pasquale, don't shoot yourself in the foot. We must support a brother in a difficult period of his life. I hope Sheih will join All-Blogs again.

Pasquale said...

Roxanne I am not in a habit of damaging myself, have always support any brother in diffy period, but just digest what I have said!

Anonymous said...

MCMC is in sleep mode until directed by the powers that be. how else can you explain that this sleepy organisation didnt even lift a hand on the scamming and spoofing exposed by Jeff Ooi. you wondre this agency isset up for who?

Anonymous said...

Sigh~ Has anyone even notice the girl in the picture is NOT Altantuya but Korean singer Yuni who committed suicide? http://img181.imageshack.us/img181/756/200701220006014fd.jpg

charanjitsingh said...

We walk with u sheih.I support sheih as he is what rocky called a gentleman blogger. .A gentleman blogger is a someone who reveal his who he is on his blog like rockybru, bernard khoo, jeff ooi, marina mahathir, and kak nuraina. annoymous blog could write without fear of any repercussion or any responsibility for what they write in they blog as they know it is hard to trace who they are.