This is pretty harsh..If you want to see a translation of the article (If you don’t understand Malay), you can check it out from Sashi here.
Oh wow, look more sensationalist journalism, more picking on someone that has done more good than bad?
Let’s look at this a little objectively though, from both sides of the story as that’s what we should do to be fair right?
I would say I know HB[/url] in passing, we aren’t close, but we are supposedly bloggers that in the ‘same circles‘ or something. I do read his site regularly, I do link to him and I do enjoy his site (When he’s not taking pictures of canned drinks/biscuits and writing a sentence about them like “This is an awesome biscuit”).
I think he has done a greater good educating about drugs, winning an award for writing a VERY good post about HIV testing in Malaysia and posting well researched, medically sound posts about drugs and using drugs.
He has posted risque things like videos of illegal activities and pictures of himself doing things, really any sensible person wouldn’t post pictures of themself doing on a public site.
Even in more liberal countries like UK, US and Australia (Notably the last where growing 5 weed plants for personal use in certain areas is allowed), people still don’t post such things, people don’t post videos of themselves smoking ice and making joints..
They might do so, but they would do it under the guise of anonymity.
I seriously think HB made a mistake mixing castitas and sixthseal, he should have kept the drugs and the food/travels/personal things seperate and given himself a bit of leeway against the law. Seriously don’t taunt the law, they will catch up with you later.
And to be honest, from my previous online experience, I have been waiting for this to happen to sixthseal.com for quite some time..
It’s a sad day for HB and his fans, but well, maybe it’s a good lesson learnt.
Be a little wary online, it’s not as ‘free’ as you think, you are accountable for what you write and someoe will report you one day being the ‘responsible citizen‘ they are, and the media will jump on it like a hot cake, because they have nothing to write about it and this makes good sensational baseless journalism (They love it in Malaysia don’t they).
I hope HB get’s out of this without any serious repercussions, the good thing with the web is if you take stuff down before you get a legal letter, you are usually pretty safe, and even then you usually get a letter first saying you have objectionable/illicit material and that you should remove it, if you do, it’s all good and well.
I just hope it doesn’t pass over into real life, and the police go after him for the chemicals he imbibes in.Technorati tag: Sixthseal, Drugs, Bad Journalism, Huai Bin