Met Hassan Skodeng himself two nights ago over iftar. He looks calm and confident. Why would he not?
Art Harun had highlighted an important legal point on Hasan Skodeng's charge which embarassingly made one wonders. Does anyone read the law in the Attorney General and MCMC office?
Jeez .. there are supposed to be lots of LLBs and CLPs at the AG office. The Minister in charge for Multimedia have LLB and CLP with a doctoral law degree. How could they miss such an important point?
However, Barking Magpie wrote here claim the Minister is acting like a Little Napolean carrying around a stick. For the Minister's knowledge, rumours are circulating in blogosphere is that Barking Magpie can whisper to someone higher than him and could put the Minister in trouble.
So, please rid yourself of those old out-dated neurons.
According to Art Harun here, Hasan Skodeng was charged ...
... under section 233 (1) (a) Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC) Act. If convicted, he can be fined up to RM50,000 or jailed up to a year, or both.Here is the foolishness of MCMC according to Art:
Section 233 (1) (a) of the CMA states that:(1) A person who —(a) by means of any network facilities or network service or applications service knowingly —any comment, request, suggestion or other communication which is obscene, indecent, false, menacing or offensive in character with intent to annoy, abuse, threaten or harass another person, commits an offence.(i) makes, creates or solicits; and
(ii) initiates the transmission of,
A good friend of mine - a big wig legal eagle in an international corporation - prompted me to the Content Code of the Communications and Multimedia Content Forum of Malaysia (CMCF).Should put the faces of the MCMC people in the dictionary, next to word incompetent and inconsistent.
CMCF mind you, was established by non other than the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission itself. CMCF came out with the Content Code.The Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission itself. CMCF came out with the Content Code.
The interesting thing about the content code is its Chapter 2 on "Guideline on Content." Item 7.3 of Chapter 2 says:"7.3 Content which is false, is expressly prohibited except in any of the following circumstances:So, satires and parodies are expressly and very clearly excluded from the definition of "false" content.(a) satire and parody;
(b) where it is clear to an ordinary user that the content is fiction."
Can the press ask Doctor of Law, Rais Yatim for comment on this?
Hope he say something clever. He is supposed to be Information Minister!