"When a government makes a promise to the country and then reneges on its promise, then not only will the government lose credibility but also any respect that the public may have for it."
"I do not often agree with Malaysia-Today.net and (website editor) Raja Petra Kamaruddin. He had been sometimes quite irresponsible," said Mahathir in his Chedet blog.
"But court action had already been taken against him. He is not above the law and if he is found guilty there are already adequate punishment that can be passed against (him)."
PKR has also condemned the decision to block access to the Malaysian news portal as a desperate act by the shell-shocked Barisan Nasional (BN) government.( Malaysiakini )
Calling it the latest onslaught on civil liberties, the opposition party said the decision is tantamount to internet censorship.
Yesterday that government-backed watchdog Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission had ordered all internet service providers (ISPs) in the country to block the website.
"It is also a desperate act by the BN government that is still reeling fromits repeated defeats and refusing to listen to the clear signals demonstrated by the rakyat time and again via the ballot box.
The grounds given that Malaysia Today is a seditious website are completely baseless and unfounded in any principle of law, given that there are ample laws which govern such activities and there has yet to be a single court in all of Malaysia that has found the website to contain seditious content," PKR secretary-general Salahuddin Hashim said in a statement today.
"PKR calls upon the MCMC and the government to keep its promise to the MSC and to immediately revoke this order, and resist any temptation to arrogantly show callous disregard for the right of Malaysians to access alternative information," he said.
Home Minister Syed Hamid Albar defended the move, saying that Malaysia Today had been banned because it published "libelous, defamatory and slanderous" content.