Wait A Minute – Has The BBC #Kangkung Article Been Blocked?

Remember that small little online kerfuffle called #kangkung-gate? We might have written a few words about it. Yeah, about that … it seems some people are feeling more awkward about it than we thought. Maybe.

The BBC News article reporting the rapid ascension of the hashtag #kangkung to national, regional and even global trending status has seemingly been blocked on TMNet broadband services. Those trying to access the article, titled “#BBCtrending: Be careful what you say about spinach”, have been more successful when using other Internet Service Providers (ISPs) or via Virtual Private Networks (VPNs).

When probed by The Malay Mail Online, Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC) corporate communications chief Sheikh Raffie Abdul Rahman denied allegations that the commission was responsible for blocking the article. “To my knowledge no blocking,” he said in a statement via SMS.


Of course, Malaysian social media are abuzz with the news, with even the BBC once again having taken notice:

Others have been rather helpful:

And as usual, Malaysia’s most notorioous blogger @1Obefiend says what’s really on all our minds:

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