DAP commends Acme Commerce for quick action and swift clarification for
unwittingly hosting the website showing the grisly video of beheading of
American Nick Berg and clearing Malaysia’s name as hosting a master
network of international terrorist websites
Media Conference Statement
by Lim Kit Siang
(Petaling Jaya, Friday): I commend the business manager of Acme Commerce, Alfred Lim, for his quick action and swift clarification for unwittingly hosting the website showing the grisly video of beheading of American Nick Berg and clearing Malaysia’s name as hosting a master network of international terrorist websites.
Alfred Lim has informed the media conference that he had lodged a police report yesterday, as he has nothing to hide and welcomes the fullest investigation by the police about the al Qaeda-linked website.
He has told us that Webserver.com.my is a business unit of locally-incorporated Acme, a top hosting company in Malaysia with clients from over 50 countries with more than 5,000 websites. The company is a legitimate business and has been around since 1989.
As he explained: “If the clients were to have a dedicated server or co-located their server with us, they are entitled to full control over what are the sites to be hosted in their server and the chances are that we might not be able to know what it is until we receive a complaint.”
Alfred Lim has said that he has discontinued the websites linked to terrorism and has instructed his team to do an audit on all the servers hosted at the company’s facilities.
Acme’s quick action and swift clarification explaining that it has no prior knowledge whatsoever of the websites linked to terrorism is commendable as it should put to rest international queries as to whether Malaysia has become a centre for international terrorism.
In this connection, the statement by the Prime Minister, Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi that the country will not allow any kind of website or any kind of co-operation on behalf of any terrorist organization should also help to end international doubts as to whether Malaysia is hosting a master network of international terrorist websites.
Questions have been raised as to the Multimedia Super Corridor of “no censorship” on the Internet. The Malaysian government must not compromise in its commitment to honour the MSC Bill of Guarantee of “No Censorship” on the Internet. The problem of international terrorism in cyberspace is however a real and present one.
There should be a nation-wide debate as to how the country can honour the MSC Guarantee of no Internet censorship while at the same time prevent the abuse and misuse of Internet to foment international terrorism.
* Lim Kit Siang, DAP National Chairman & Member of Parliament for Ipoh Timor