The printing permit of Tamil newspaper, Makkal Osai, has been revoked by the Home Ministry. The newspaper's owner, former MIC deputy president Datuk S. Subramaniam, is said to have met Home Minister Datuk Seri Syed Hamid Albar today over the ban of the newspaper, which has been critical of the MIC. An appeal, it is understood, has been submitted to the ministry.
Last year, Makkal Osai ran into trouble after printing a picture of Jesus Christ holding a cigaratte in one hand and a can, resembling a beer can, on the other hand. The newspaper then printed an apology.
But Makkal Osai was suspended for 30days following the uproar. The MIC Youth also submitted a memorandum to the Prime Minister's Office calling for the revokation of its KDN.
The decision to ban Makka Osai has surprised editors who thought that the government would be more liberal following the elections, which saw a massive swing to the opposition.