Laptop, Streamyx modem seized. The MCMC "interviewed" me for 90 minutes. I told the reporters that they treated me nice. After the interview, we took a drive from Cyberjaya to Puchong via the backroads and to my house, where I parted ways with my dear laptop. The guys from Bukit Aman's cyber unit came along. My neighbours were hiding behind the curtains. The sight of a patrol car and an MCMC 4x4 on a Wednesday afternoon does not inspire many to venture out.
I'm being investigated by the MCMC under Section 256 under "Pemeriksaan orang yang tshu mengenai kes". If the A-G decides to charge me, I shall be charged under Section 233, the same provisions they used against blogger-cartoonist Hassan Skodeng. Basically, it's a crimkinal offence. I could be fined max RM50,000 and jailed a year if convicted.
Next to be summoned is Big Dog. Maybe even the business site Taikors & Taikuns, if they know who is or are behind it.
The reporters did not come to my house. At the MCMC headquarters, after the interview, TO BE CONTINUED.
The NsT reports:
CYBERJAYA: Datuk Ahirudin Attan yesterday spent 90 minutes at the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC) headquarters answering questions on a posting on his blog, Rocky's Bru.
Ahirudin, who is president of the National Alliance of Bloggers (AllBlogs), was summoned after Information, Communication and Culture Minister Datuk Seri Dr Rais Yatim lodged a police report against his blog and two others.
The report was about the blogs' postings on the ministry's RM1 billion grant to improve broadband access in the country.
He was accompanied to his house in Puchong by seven officers from MCMC and Bukit Aman federal police headquarters' cyber unit where they confiscated his laptop.
Ahirudin, better known as Rocky, told the New Straits Times that he did not know which part of his posting "Who gets Santa Rais' RM1 billion handout?" offended Rais.
"Maybe the word 'Santa' offended him. But if the minister had cared to read the posting properly, he would find that the posting from bigdogdotcom which I had linked on my blog was actually feedback from people who are talking about his son being a beneficiary of the grant.
"It was not an accusation, not even a claim. It was a constructive message for the minister and the ministry.
"To stop people from talking, he should make the award of the grants as transparent as possible," Ahirudin said.
He added that the reason he posted the link on his blog was for that reason alone.
"No malice was intended to the minister but his action against the bloggers does seem malicious.
"Unfortunately, the minister has taken it in a totally different way. He was probably advised to lodge a police report against me and the other two bloggers.
"In fact, what he got out of all this is that he is the first minister to have lodged a police report against bloggers. For that, I must congratulate the minister."
Ahirudin has yet to be contacted by the police but believes that he will be soon. He is being investigated under Section 256 of the Penal Code.
"The minister is wasting everyone's time, including his own. He could have just responded by denying the talk and thanking bloggers for bringing it to light.
"Personally, I'm disappointed at the minister for aiming to intimidate all bloggers.
"It is a shame because the minister is in charge of bloggers.
"He should take time to read the posts thoroughly and understand them as he is supposed to protect bloggers and encourage responsible blogging."
Rais, in his police report, said the complaint was against the three blogs -- believed to be Rocky's Bru, Taikos and Taikuns (TnT) and bigdogdotcom -- for allegations contained in the article and not levelled at the bloggers.
The NST REPORTS: