KUALA LUMPUR, Aug 28, 2015:

The Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC) confirmed that they have blocked Bersih 2.0’s website www.bersih.org that has been promoting and spreading information encouraging the public to participate in the Bersih 4.0 rally.

A source in MCMC who confirmed this did not elaborate further on the matter.

Yesterday, MCMC announced that it would block any website that promoted the rally because it gave a bad image to the country, while it also threatened and disrupted public order, safety, economic prosperity, national sovereignty and communal harmony.

MCMC stressed the decision was taken because Bersih 4.0 organisers were found to be acting illegally and agitating the public.

Bersih 4.0 was also said to be spreading propaganda to influence citizens by passing around flyers that put the government in a negative light.

MCMC had on Facebook also called for the public to report social media accounts or websites that spread information which could harm the nation’s stability and public order.

The commission went on to remind the public to be careful when sharing information online and on social media, especially those with content that could violate Malaysian laws.

Any individual who was found to have misused social media can be prosecuted under Section 233 of the Communication and Multimedia Act 1998.

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