Government challenged over Tamil daily closure

April 23rd, 2008 - 2:06 pm ICT by admin  

Kuala Lumpur, April 23 (IANS) The Malaysian government should explain the reasons for closing down “Makkal Osai” because no prior notice was served to the Tamil daily, an Indian origin opposition lawmaker has said. The home ministry should have issued a show-cause letter to the editor-in-chief before the newspaper was ordered to cease publication, said A. Sivanesan, who is the Democratic Action Party (DAP) central executive committee member.

Sivanesan, Perak state’s health, environment and human resources committee chairman, was Wednesday quoted as saying: “Home Minister (Datuk Seri) Syed Hamid Albar should have stated what are the guidelines which had been breached.

“In this case, the newspaper’s editor-in-chief should be held responsible and not its 102 workers,” he told the media Tuesday.

Albar justified the government move saying the Tamil daily had violated media guidelines pertaining to writing that could incite inter-racial hatred.

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