What Software Powers Malaysian Political Parties’ Web Sites?

Since the general election is looming soon, I figured it would be fun to take a few minutes to check out the web sites of Malaysian political parties, and what platform they’re running on.

UMNO

UMNO is a member of the ruling coalition, Barisan Nasional (National Front). It has its web site at www.umno-online.com.

UMNO’s web site runs on: Apache/1.3.37 (Unix) mod_perl/1.29

MCA

MCA is also a member of the Barisan Nasional and has its web site at www.mca.org.my.

The MCA web site is powered by: Microsoft-IIS/6.0 (also has ASP.NET and MicrosoftSharePointTeamServices features)

MIC

The third biggest member of the BN coalition is MIC which has its web site at www.mic.org.my.

MIC’s web site runs on: Apache/2.0.52 (Red Hat) with PHP 4.3.9

Gerakan

Gerakan (also a BN member) is quite secretive about its web server software version. Its response headers merely mentioned: Apache.

PPP

Also on the anonymous Apache bandwagon is the PPP web site. However, from the response header we know this BN component party’s web site is powered by PHP 4.4.8.

PBB

Located at www.bumiputerasarawak.org.my, the PBB’s web site also runs on an unknown version of Apache. PBB is also a BN coalition member.

PBS

This BN component party has its web site at www.pbs-sabah.org.

The PBS web site response header states that it runs Rapidsite/Apa/1.3.33; which is essentially a modified version of Apache 1.3.33.

DAP

The first opposition web site we’re examined belongs to the DAP which is located at dapmalaysia.org. It is powered by Apache/1.3.39.PKR

Another member of the opposition is PKR and its web site is located at the following URL: www.keadilanrakyat.org. PKR’s web site also runs on Apache (version 1.3.39) along with PHP 5.2.5.

PAS

Last but not least to be checked out was PAS’ web site which is located at www.pas.org.my.

PAS’ web site runs on Apache 2.2.8. Interestingly, they’re the only party which runs a Suhosin-patched version of PHP (5.2.5). PAS must have a webmaster with a high level of security awareness 😉

This post has absolutely nothing to do with politics. In case you didn’t notice, all links to the political parties’ web sites mentioned above has been rel="nofollow"-ed.

If you want to comment on this post, please stick to the topic: Web server software. Any comments that has even a tinge of political aftertaste will be deleted without mercy.

10 responses to “What Software Powers Malaysian Political Parties’ Web Sites?”.

  1. menj Says:

    Actually PAS’ official website is located at http://www.pas.org.my, the one you mentioned above is an old domain that redirects to this new one.

    – MENJ

  2. Site Admin Azmeen Says:

    Thanks for the heads up menj. Corrected the URL.

  3. ethel Says:

    Honestly, I have no idea when it comes to all these Apache, Pearl etc. 🙁 I only know that I have those in my web host.

    So.. which one is currently the latest and the best?

  4. Site Admin Azmeen Says:

    ethel,

    Apache is a web server software. As the name implies, web server software serves your web content to the world. Apache is currently the most popular web server software in the world, most likely because it’s free, open source and extremely configurable and extensible.

    Other popular web server software include IIS by Microsoft and ColdFusion by Adobe (who bought out Macromedia, the original creators of ColdFusion).

    Perl is a programming language that can be used for web scripting (like PHP).

    Now for your last question; latest doesn’t necessarily have to be best. It’s more of a question of compatibility.

    Most developers of popular open source software actively develop at least two concurrent versions of their products. For example, the PHP dev team currently maintains PHP4 and PHP5. However, PHP4 development will cease on 8 August 2008.

    Hope this answers your questions. Feel free to post follow up questions if you have any 🙂

  5. Zul Says:

    Like ethel, this is also alien to me. Nevertheless, never too old to learn new thing every day!

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