Pending investigations, MCMC blocks access to controversial website Sarawak Report

It's the first time the agency has publicly announced it had blocked a site on the national level

The Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC) has announced its blocking of the website Sarawak Report (SR), citing national security reasons.

In a statement on its Facebook page, the national regulator confirmed that it had instructed local internet providers to block access to the website. Calling SR a website that "could threaten national stability" MCMC justified the shutdown citing what it said was SR's posting of unverified content as well as complaints from the public.

MCMC said it had grounds to block the site under Sections 211 and 233 of the Communications and Multimedia Act 1998, but the site block was temporary in nature until investigations could be completed. 

Sarawak Report operates out of London and was founded by British national Clare Rewcastle-Brown, who was born in Sarawak. It is known for its focus on exposing alleged corruption and transgressions by the ruling government. It is currently under fire for its latest reporting on the 1MDB fund in Malaysia, making claims of mismanagement and wide-scale fraud.

At present time, SR's website is still accessible for users who have changed their DNS servers to ones by OpenDNS and Google.