There are an estimated 2 million users of Steam in Malaysia.
9 September 2017
MCMC had no authority to block Steam, say legal experts
THE Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC) had no legal authority to block online gaming store Steam, lawyers said.
Malaysian Bar constitutional law committee co-chairman Surendra Ananth said MCMC had “no power” to block online content.
“Any state authority must have a legislative basis to exercise its power,” Surendra said, adding that the Communications and Multimedia Act 1998 (CMA) did not have a provision that allowed the MCMC to block online content.
“Some have argued that Section 263(2) allows the MCMC to block content. However, that section only states that licensees shall assist the MCMC as far as reasonably necessary in preventing the commission or attempted commission of an offence,” he said.
“It cannot be read in a manner to empower MCMC to block online content. This would be a violation of Section 3(3), which expressly provides: ‘Nothing in this act shall be construed as permitting the censorship of the internet.’,” Surendra said.
Surendra said MCMC was not in a position to deem online material offensive or insulting, saying the use of Section 233(1) was unconstitutional.
“It is a disproportionate fetter on the freedom of expression. It is inherently contradictory for a constitutional democracy to criminalise the hurling of insults,” he said.
Eric Paulsen, executive director of Lawyers for Liberty, said the MCMC has been breaking the law for years.
“Authorities like the MCMC can do almost anything they want unless they are challenged.
“They have been blocking various websites like Sarawak Report and The Malaysian Insider. That doesn’t mean they’re acting legally,” he said.
Under the CMA, the MCMC was never granted specific powers to block websites, Paulsen said.
“But they do it anyway, on a whim, without justification, totally at their own discretion. This is of course highly arbitrarily and undemocratic.
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MCMC to unblock Steam after banned game withdrawn from site
Popular online gaming marketplace Steam will be unblocked by the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC) after the portal agreed to stop downloads of the game “Fight of Gods” in Malaysia.
“The MCMC is committed to protecting the interest of (internet) users in Malaysia, and will not compromise with any quarter that defiles religions and peace of the various races in this country,” it added in a statement this morning.
The Steam website was blocked in Malaysia last night.
The MCMC block stirred an uproar among Malaysia’s gaming community as it denied Malaysians from buying games from the Steam marketplace.
It is estimated that there are over two million users of the Steam platform in Malaysia.
Hundreds of negative comments were posted on the MCMC Facebook page following the block.
Some commenters noted that they did not even know the offending game existed until the MCMC decided to block access to Steam.
So Minister Keruak has saved Malaysians from Despacito & Fight of Gods. What. A. Hero.
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Malaysia has banned Luis Fonsi’s song “Despacito” on state radio and television, though it might be hard to slow the song’s record-breaking popularity.
The ban applies only to government-run radio and TV outlets, not to private stations or YouTube or the music streaming services fuelling the song’s success.
Communications Minister Salleh Said Keruak said the song had been reviewed and banned because of a public complaint that the lyrics are obscene.
MCMC blocks four websites for promoting Bersih
The Malaysian Communication and Multimedia Commission (MCMC) has blocked four websites for spreading information on Bersih.