One wonders how stupid the BN government can be . It has just rejected the application of the outspoken Tamil daily Makkal Osai to renew its publication permit.
It’s an old trick that Mahathir and Abdullah have played in the past.
We must now declare its death and organize its burial.
We now have the weapon to make such threat futile. (We have had it since 1990 but we just did not realize it or choose not to use it.)
The weapon is Section 25 of Printing Presses and Publications Act which states that
“Nothing in this Act shall extend to the publication or making of any documents or periodical by or for the Federal or any State Government or any statutory body.”
We can see Makkal Osai tomorrow back on the news stand if any of the PR State Governments will issue an authorization letter today for the daily to publish for the state. And no newspapers from now on shall be afraid of withdrawal of publication permits.
PR state governments should do this at once as (1) a principled act to uphold press freedom; (2) a repaying of favour to the Makka Sathi movement that sweeps them (especially in Penang, Perak and Selangor) into power.
Be the hero to rescue Press Freedom now – Guan Eng, Khalid, Nizar, Azizan and Tok Guru Nik Aziz!
All readers of Makkal Osai and supporters of Makkal Sakthi, please join this call of national service for the CM and MBs!
** Would anyone care to start an online petition to PR state governments? There is no reason why Malaysians can teach MIC a lesson but fail to save Makkal Osai!