Not to be confused with Malaysian Today
, a bi-monthly youth lifestyle tabloid.
was launched about two weeks before the release of Anwar Ibrahim
on 2 September 2004; Anwar was once Deputy Prime Minister
, but fell from grace after his actions during the 1997 Asian financial crisis
, and was sacked by then Prime Minister Mahathir bin Mohamad
. Raja Petra, who was the webmaster of the Free Anwar Campaign website, decided to form Malaysia Today
shortly before Anwar's release as part of a "Free Malaysia" campaign. Raja Petra took credit for predicting that Anwar would be released several weeks before it actually occurred.
Censorship by the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission
On 27 August 2008 Malaysia Today website was blocked by the Malaysian government,
allegedly in response to unspecified reader comments to a 16 January 2008 article.
The censorship was removed on 12 September 2008, but Raja Petra Kamaruddin was arrested the same day under the ISA (Internal Security Act). On 7 November 2008, he was freed from detention by Malaysian authorities after Shah Alam city High Court Justice Syed Ahmad Helmy Syed Ahmad granted his habeas corpus petition and ruled that his 12 September detention was illegal.
After he was freed Raja Petra went into exile. The editorial stance of the Malaysia Today blog also notably changed from an anti-Barisan Nasional stance to one that actively defended the ruling regime and attacked the opposition. This led to a sharp decline in credibility and readership with many questioning the reasons behind his U-turn.
- ^ Kamarudin, Raja Petra (20 February 2006). Didn’t I tell you so? Malaysia Today.
- ^ "Plans for action against Malaysian bloggers". Daniel Chandranayagam. Global Voices Advocacy. 27 August 2008. Retrieved 27 August 2008.
- ^ Kamarudin, Raja Petra (29 August 2008). "The 'offending' article that got MT blocked". Malaysia Today. Archived from the original on 17 January 2013. Retrieved 25 January 2013.
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