Malaysia to ban 'terror websites'

Malaysia vows to ban companies from hosting websites with links to "terrorist" groups after it emerged the site showing the beheading of an American has been hosted there.

    There was widespread horror at Nick Berg's execution

    Prime Minister Abd Allah Ahmad

    Badawi told a news conference on Friday:

    "We will not allow any kind of web page or any kind of company

    operating on behalf of any terrorist organisation."

    A Malaysian internet company which hosted the website showing

    the grisly video of the decapitation of American Nick Berg

    has already closed it down, a company

    spokesman said.

    The company, Acme Commerce, unwittingly hosted the site and

    closed it as soon as it became aware of the content, business

    manager Alfred Lim said.

    "We have cut off all websites that are linked to terrorism," Lim

    told the Malaysiakini online newspaper, which reported the

    company hosted at least six other sites linked to alleged "terrorist" groups.

    Domestic crackdown

    The leader of the opposition in Malaysia's parliament, Lim Kit

    Siang of the Democratic Action Party, has called for a government

    probe into "the serious allegation that Malaysia is hosting a master

    network of international terrorist websites".

    "There are so many terrorist

    organisations in Europe and the US, but that does not make the US or

    Europe a terrorist country"

    Syed Hamid Albar,
    Malaysian foreign minister

    The site that showed the video of five hooded men beheading Berg

    was named as Muntada al-Ansar, which Alfred Lim said was among 5000

    sites from 45 countries the company had managed since setting

    up business in 1998.

    Foreign Minister Syed Hamid Albar said the government would

    invstigate the issue, but added: "There are so many terrorist

    organisations in Europe and the US, but that does not make the US or

    Europe a terrorist country."

    Malaysia is a mainly-Muslim country which has been sharply

    critical of the US-led invasion of Iraq, but has at the same time

    detained more than 80 alleged

    Islamic "militants".

    It is seen as one of the most highly-developed countries in the

    Islamic world, and its sophisticated infrastructure has in the past

    been blamed for attracting unwelcome visits by "terrorism" planners.



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