KUALA LUMPUR, May 18 — Access to the website providing ‘live’ result updates on GE14 was previously blocked due to complaints of allegedly inaccurate information, the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Act (MCMC) said today.
The MCMC said however that it has since removed the restrictions on access to the website live.undi.info after its contents were reviewed.
“In the case of the live.undi.info website, complaints were received from the public, among others claiming that the result or information displayed on that website were seen as inaccurate.
“However after going through the published contents again, the blocking of access was withdrawn since the criteria that were used for the process of blocking before this are no longer applicable in the current situation,” the internet regulator said in a statement today.
In its statement, the MCMC stressed that actions to restrict access to any websites are based on the country’s laws.
It also cited some of the circumstances when it would block access to websites.
“For example, content that are obscene in nature, have menacing or offensive elements will be blocked, based on complaints received from the public. All this is done for the sake of public peace.
“However, blocks that are made will be reviewed and if the grounds or criteria for the restrictions are no longer applicable in line with the impact and current effect, then that restriction will be withdrawn,” it said.
As for the websites Sarawak Report and Medium that were blocked during the previous Najib administration’s rule, MCMC said there was “no longer any need to block when the 1MDB report has become public”.
Sinar Project had on Wednesday reported that broadband providers Telekom Malaysia and Maxis blocked access to live.undi.info on the evening of polling day, with the first measured incident of censorship occurring at 9.55pm.
Maxis later told Malay Mail that matters related to the blocking of websites should be referred to MCMC and that the company is subject to local laws regulating Internet Service Providers (ISPs).
The censorship took place before official results showed that the Barisan Nasional (BN) coalition had failed to retain a simple majority of parliamentary seats required to form government.