Letter should not have been sent. On 7 June 2007, Dr Halim Shafie, chairman of the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission, shot a letter to private TV and radio stations telling them to stop broadcasting speeches by leaders of Opposition parties. Now Dr Lim Keng Yaik, the Minister in charge of the MCMC, tells us that "Whatever the reason, MCMC should not have issued the letter as it is not in line with our policy."
According to The Star here, Keng Yaik said he did not know of the MCMC letter initially as he was overseas, hence the late response. He said he only found about it after reading it in the newspapers and learning of the motion to debate on it in Parliament.
Whatever the Minister's reason, I am concern with the MCMC's screw-up. This is, after all, the body that is supposed to be the Regulator that oversees and advises the government on matters pertaining to on-line activities, including blogs.
Tuesday, July 03, 2007
MCMC violates policy
update: Not at all. Keng Yaik said he did not instruct the issuing of the letter, according to the Bernama report here.
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