Kedah Gerakan Youth chief Tan Keng Liang today started an online drive dubbed ‘BlackOutTipu’ to counter the ‘Stop #114 Internet Blackout’ campaign, questioning the commitment of Pakatan Rakyat leaders to the campaign.
Assuming that the campaign requires participants to refrain from using the Internet for 24 hours, Tan (left), using the the hashtag #BlackOutTipu, called on supporters to catch Pakatan leaders updating their Twitter accounts during the 24-hour-long campaign.
He started the online drive soon after midnight yesterday, on his Twitter account.
“I thought Pakatan people said they’ll ‘Black Out’ for 24 hours but why they’re still tweeting in my timeline? Example of say one thing but do another,” says one of his many messages mocking Pakatan leaders and supporters.
“Malaysians were happy when Pakatan said (it) will go offline for 24 hours… peace for 24 hours. But why are they still around in Twitter?” Tan (left) repeated this morning.
The media watchdog that initiated the campaign, Centre for Independent Journalism (CIJ), explained that supporters need not go offline but were asked to raise public awareness on the issue.
“Talk about Section 114A as much as you can on FB Twitter! We’re not asking people to go offline. You can also blog about #stop114a!” reads CIJ’s message on its Twitter account.
Many politicians, bloggers and online media, including Malaysiakini, are taking part in the Internet Blackout Day campaign to protest against Section 114 (a), which was gazetted into the Evidence Act 1950 on July 31.
Legal experts see Section 114A as a tool for the government, and anybody, for that matter, to initiate legal or criminal action against social network users, website owners, mobile device owners or WiFi network service providers on content posted by others.
It would also lead to Internet censorship and the erosion of freedom of speech in cyberspace, they said.
Tan and his supporters had allegedly caught Twitter updates from Pakatan leaders including PKR de facto leader Anwar Ibrahim, PKR deputy president Azmin Ali, Kuala Selangor MP Dzulkefly Ahmad, and Shah Alam MP Khalid Samad.
Despite the support that made #stop114A trending in the Malaysian twittersphere, there were many Twitter users who were supportive of the amendments.
“I do believe #114a is good for us. (I’m) tired to see people lie, slander, defame others without proof in their blog, Twitter, Facebook etc.
“Everyone will benefit, I just hope that #114a will not be misused by greedy politicians,” said Amrrfazz.
Meanwhile, Rosihan Zain tweeted, “Do you love Lim Guan Eng? You can’t bear slander and lies made against him? Support 114A Now!”
“114A is not (about) protecting the government, it’s about protecting you (and) me from dirty liars and slanderous scums who masquerade on the net,” another Twitter user, Firdaus Abdullah, said, sharing the same view.