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.
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.