Friday, May 16, 2008
What? More police reports?
Updates: Zaid: Govt has to control leakages of information. Click and here, click.
After the series of police reports lodged against lawyer Karpal Singh for allegedly making seditious remarks, it's the turn of the newspapers. The Prime Minister's Department has lodged a police report against several newspapers for publishing the findings of the Royal Commission before it was made public.
The case is being investigated by the police under the Official Secrets Act where a jail sentence is mandatory, according to sources. The Star, New Straits Times, Sin Chew Daily and even the Bar Council website have published the findings before it was made public today. The report has puzzled the local media - both mainstream and alternative - as the findings of the commission were not prejudicial to national security and the proceedings were opened to the public. But the scoops of the some newspapers is said to have irked certain members of the commission and Cabinet members, which met today. Malaysian Insider also has an update on this development. How the press got hold of the information should be the last worry for the government and commission. Its priority is to restore the public's confidence in the judiciary and right what has been wrong. It should proceed with the action against those who have subverted the course of justice and not those who report about the commission's investigations. Jeff Ooi and Kit Siang also have their say here.