Wednesday, March 25, 2009

POWER - And Brand New Malaysian Prime Minister?

Najib Razak

Malaysian opposition: Newspapers suspended

Agence France-Presse

Posted date: March 23, 2009

KUALA LUMPUR -- Malaysia's opposition said Tuesday that two of its newspapers have been banned for three months, in what they fear is the start of a media crackdown under incoming premier Najib Razak.

Malaysia is entering a period of intense political activity, with a leadership transition, a critical ruling party conference, and three high-profile by-elections all to take place in the next few weeks.

Two newspapers belonging to parties in the Pakatan Rakyat opposition alliance have been targeted – "Suara Keadilan" run by opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim's Keadilan party, and "Harakah" which belongs to the Islamic party PAS.

"We received a letter from the home ministry this afternoon saying Suara Keadilan has been banned for three months with immediate effect," said Keadilan spokesman Tian Chua.

"We fear that this action by the government is a prelude to a general clampdown on press freedom in Malaysia," he told Agence France-Presse.

PAS secretary-general Kamaruddin Jaafar said the party would appeal against the decision.

"This is a violation of the freedom of media and a violation of a political party's right to have its official organ published freely," he said.

"This is another sign of a new era of repressions with Najib coming into power."

Najib is due to replace Prime Minister Abdullah Ahmad Badawi after the ruling party UMNO holds a general assembly this week.


Salak said...

Silly BN has deprived others of facing "cari makan" to weather the present economic crisis for workers in those print and news areas, plus distribution and even ink importers!

Nizar's face will sell any Newspaper! What your opinion is another matter!

That's why UMNO and their henchmen in the Gomen suck real bad!

It should be clearer to everyone NOW MORE THAN EVER that fixing the politics is imperative, not the economy!!!

pengthots said...

Err the picture of him is eerily similar to the German power-crazy fella who later committed suicide!
Anyway UMNO double speak again, first they ban the 6 new media because they are not UMNO-friendly, than the ambitious UMNO president-to-be asked to engage the new media! ????

Salak said...

That's him! Pak Adolf! The similarities don't end there ...! ;)

He kicks up the dirt himself, waht!!! They all do!!!

Makan durian dalam kelambu!!! :(

pengthots said...

He will be buried in the dirt he kicked up! I hope his rose will cangkul him out. Or will his rose give him the necessary tool to finish himself off?

Jong said...

Hahaha! One look from roastporkymah, this Pak Adof from Pekan will dudok diam-diam lah. She knows too much and he knows she knows.

Hmmmm, who will be the PM, he or she?