KUALA LUMPUR, March 13 – Dr Mahathir’s popular blog is now accessible intermittently, three hours after it was suspended due to what was described as “high traffic volume”. His chedet.cc blog earlier carried a 403 code, which means denied access to the webserver. It was reported that the main page had displayed the message, “the account has been suspended”. The Star Online reported that Sufi Yusof, aide to the former prime minister, said the blog was suspended by its administrator due to high traffic volume. He said that the measure had to be taken as the “website was crashing”.
“The blog was not blocked by the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission. Due to the heavy traffic, we had to suspend the blog. “The administrator is doing remedial work as we speak,” he was quoted by The Star Online as saying. The site was said to have been inaccessible from 4.30pm onwards. Earlier, it was reported that Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC) has denied it has anything to do with the site being blocked. The last blog post Dr Mahathir wrote about today was on the need for a police forensic investigation into allegations against 1MDB and those it had done business with.
He said a “mere audit” was insufficient and if action was not taken, people’s support for the ruling Barisan Nasional would fall. The post, its text copied, is now being shared on a Facebook page called “Saya Sayang Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad”. As of now, it has drawn more than 800 “likes” and has been shared more than 700 times. The same Facebook page also noted in another posting soon after, that Dr Mahathir’s blog had been suspended. “Tiba-tiba chedet.cc tak boleh buka… ada yang panas ke?” (Suddenly, chedet.cc cannot be opened… is there something too hot to handle?)