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Malaysia takes on websites

Malaysia takes on websites

Malaysia is looking into mounting a legal offensive against Internet websites critical of the government.

A senior government official said the sites may have been funded by foreign "elements" to tarnish the country.

Websites supporting jailed former minister Anwar Ibrahim have mushroomed since his sacking in September sparked an unprecedented political crisis.

"I don't rule out the possibility that the websites are being funded by foreign elements, perhaps using students to do the work," Ibrahim Ali, Deputy Minister in the Prime Minister's Department, was quoted as saying in Malaysian newspapers.