Sunday, May 4, 2008
Nazri, keep an open mind
Minister in the Prime Minister's Department Datuk Seri Mohd Nazri Aziz has said his piece against the abolishment of the Printing Presses and Publications Act. In short, over my dead body. He told The Star that he would have to be defeated in the elections and let the new government repeal the Act. Nazri is entitled to his opinion and the reasons for it but he must learn to trust Malaysians more. If the Malaysian media crosses the line, there is always the Sedition Act and the Internal Securty Act. There is no reason why the media would misuse their position if the act is repealed. By shackling the media through various laws, Malaysians would only turn to other medium where is a greater room for dissension and expression. Politicians should not be afraid of criticism. We hope Nazri would keep an open-mind on this. But other politicians have adopted a more reasonable position including calling for a waiver of the annual printing permit requirement as a first step towards the end of the PPPA.