Dr M’s blog ‘may harm your computer’

By FMT Staff

KUALA LUMPUR: Former premier Dr Mahathir Mohamad’s blog has become the latest website to join the “may harm your computer” list.

Last week, several websites, including news portals, had faced a similar problem rendering them inaccessible to readers.

Mahathir’s Che Det blog is one of the most popular online sites in the country and has spawned many controversies — of late regarding his thoughts on the special position of Malays.

His views, which have been labelled as “highly racist” and his open support for groups like Perkasa have put Umno and Prime Minister Najib Tun Razak in a tight spot.

The 84-year-old former premier launched himself into cyberspace after the mainstream media blacked out his views during the tenure of his successor Abdullah Ahmad Badawi.

During that period, an ostracised Mahathir had accused Abdullah of attempting to stifle dissent and suppress freedom of expression.

The octogenarian’s critics had found this odd since Mahathir was known to be critical of alternative views, especially those published on the Internet, towards the last years of his premiership.