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Minister says Steam blocked to ‘protect’ Malaysians

PUTRAJAYA, Sept 8 — The Malaysian Communication and Multimedia Commission (MCMC) has ordered Internet service providers to block websites functioning as digital distribution platform of a video game, Fight of Gods, which has been seen as a threat to the sanctity of religion and inter-racial harmony in the country.

Communication and Multimedia Minister Datuk Seri Salleh Said Keruak said the action was taken after the video game platform provider, Steam, failed to comply with the 24-hour ultimatum given by the ministry to disable downloads of the game by Malaysian users.

“This action is necessary to protect the users and to prevent untoward incidents.

“(To ensure) solidarity, harmony and wellbeing of the multi-racial and multi-religious people in the country are the main objectives of the government.

“The government will not compromise with any action that can jeopardise these objectives,” he said in a statement here today.

Yesterday, Salleh said the MCMC would be asking the platform provider for the video game to disable downloads for Malaysian users within 24 hours, failing which, further action would be taken.

The minister also described the video game developed by a Taiwanese gaming studio degraded religions and religious leaders and posed a huge threat to racial unity and harmony.

Salleh said creating and spreading offensive content was an offence under Section 233 of the Communications and Multimedia Act 1998, and those found to have committed the offence could face a year’s jail or fine not exceeding RM50,000, or both.

“The MCMC also wants to remind consumers to be more vigilant and use their discretion when selecting content to access,” he said. — Bernama


The Malaysian Communication and Multimedia Commission, The Malay Mail Online 11 Comments [9/13/2017 11:43:30 AM]
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Vman

Malaysia yet again unwittingly becomes the laughingstock of the world.

9/13/2017 12:07:37 PM

Skide

I see freedom of your people takes a rather distand backseat to your "harmony"...

9/13/2017 12:14:23 PM

Anon-e-moose

Now that Hell has been conquered; especially now that Dr. Samuel Hayden has the Crucible Hellblade - an artefact and weapon of more than infinite power - in his possession...:



...do you want to know what id Software could potentially do with a "DOOM V"?!

I refer you to the end of "Bayonetta": what a bespectacled witch with amnesia, prehensile hair that is also her clothing, and .50 cal. heels can do...! >:D

9/13/2017 4:30:05 PM

Bedhead

At this point, comedy in Malaysia is tuning in to whatever channel the politicians are on and laughing at their statements bullshit.
Unfortunately, they're also generally terrible news for us.

9/13/2017 5:37:48 PM

Insult to Rocks

If Indians can access a prominent game franchise were Mahatma Gandhi regularly brings about a nuclear holocaust, I think Malaysia can handle some cheap shovelware on Steam.

9/13/2017 5:41:45 PM

SomeApe

It's banned in Thailand too now.

9/14/2017 12:05:20 AM

The Angry Dybbuk

So, now a game maybe a few hundred Malaysians would have played is going to be an underground hit among thousands (even if the game itself turns out to suck ass).

Beyond how wrong it is for a government to try regulating the harmless private activities of its citizens, now "Fight of the Gods" will become yet another hill that people who respect freedom must defend even if the content is everything the government fears and more.

9/14/2017 3:52:42 AM

Azereaux

So... I'm guessing you're not up for a game, then? Know someone that plays a mean game of Smite.

@Insult to Rocks

Happens to you too, eh? Could be weirder. I remember back when I was still playing Civ Call to Power as Jamaica. Only country I had problems with that run (other than the angry, angry India) was Mexico, who apparently refused to respect my borders.

9/14/2017 6:19:10 AM

Doubting Thomas

If you really want to ensure solidarity, harmony, and well-being of people in your country you'd refrain from censoring the internet and allowing people to decide for themselves if a game is offensive or not.

9/14/2017 6:53:59 AM

Shepard Solus

Nothing threatens harmony like equal treatment & fun. Apparently.

9/14/2017 9:06:31 AM



This makes me think Malaysia is not a good place to visit or live

9/14/2017 10:25:42 AM

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