I am back. This blog and the entire website was taken offline at around 2.00pm yesterday to deal with the malicious and out of topic comment posted in the previous entry. I had to get my webhost to take the entire site offline because there was no Internet connection where I was.

I urge all who would like to leave comments here to do it responsibly. If requested I will not hesitate to co-operate with the authorities should any law be broken in relation to comments left in this blog. Always remember that the freedom of expression is not the freedom to incite hatred, cause disunity and spread false information. Read Mack’s Peter Tan’s digital awakening interrupted and Kamigoroshi’s Freedom of Speech: The Continuing Stupidity for context.

Author: Peter Tan

Peter Gabriel Tan. Penangite residing in the Klang Valley. Blissfully married to Wuan. A LaSallian through and through. Slave to three cats. Wheelchair user since 1984. End-stage renal disease since 2017. Principal Facilitator at Peter Tan Training specialising in Disability Equality Training. Former columnist of Breaking Barriers with The Borneo Post. This blog chronicles my life, thoughts and opinions. Connect with me on Twitter and Facebook.

22 thoughts on “Offline”

  1. Well…glad you’re back. Maybe I can help install a killswitch for you in case this happens again and youre not in. Does MT have a way to monitor certain keywords and put them into moderation? It can help a lot I should think.

  2. i’m awfully curious about what was written in that comment having it result in so much chaos and turmoil and worthy of note by quite a number of bloggers… was on an internet fast for the last few days, am bit lost right now… haha

  3. Just read on Jeff’s, u r going to lodge a police report on ‘good man’. You go, Peter!!

    I think it’s time to show these trolls out there that they can’t do anything they want on other’s blogs and get away with it. If they wrote something nasty, they’ll have to be responsible for it. Really hope the authorities will nab ‘good man’ and set an example to the rest.

  4. Pete,

    I do not condone the acts of malicious commentary but then I still think that whatever is on the internet should stay on the net and not be controlled nor patrolled by any authorities.

    Let’s face the fact that there are a lot of seditious and malicious websites around the net and we just let it be. I think society is mature enough for self-censorship.

    This is just my thoughts at this moment. I know it is a fine and delicate area that we have to consider.

    However, I respect you as the owner of the website, you have all the right and discretion to take action.

    My stand is that the internet should be free from any form of authoritative controls and yet on the other hand I also do not condone such offensive behavior. But anyhow I respect your decisions.

  5. I truly believed this is the first step for us Malaysians to be educated and learn to not repeat the mistakes we’ve found other bloggers who’ve been arrested do. 🙂

    Hope to see more great posts from you in future, Peter.


  6. Dangerous Variables,

    It is idealitistic to think that the Internet and *real life* is different and as such should be separated. The problem that Peter faces is that *he* would be held liable if the comment stays there without a good enough reason. It is not the first time this has happened, and now Peter decided to do something about it. The same publishing laws offline is also applicable online.

    I do understand your concerns, but gone are the days… 🙂

  7. oh my gawd. i m so lost here. i’ve been away in kl since saturday and just got back an hr ago………… got lots of catching up to do i guess…..

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