Sunday, June 10, 2012

Guan Eng is anti-Press freedom!

I don't remember Koh Tsu Koon, during his tenure as Penang chief minister, had ever imposed any ban or restriction on any newspaper and TV station, including the opposition media that attacked him all over. Never, that I can recall.

However, DAP's chief minister Lim Guan Eng, despite his full backing for 'freedom of the Press', is just another 'cakap tak serupa bikin'.

LGE's move to bar certain media outlets that have been critical of his administration is a retrograde move that threatens the freedom of expression in Penang.

The State Government’s cavalier attitude towards media freedom which seeks to exclude those who are critical of them and only include those who publish favourable reports is most unbecoming of a state government that professes to be competent, accountable and transparent.

This is the counter-article written by Koh's special officer Ivanpal S Grewal in response to a Malaysia Chronicle's Ng Wei Aik who battered Barisan Nasional Chairman of Penang, Teng Chang Yeow over LGE's intolerance for media outlets that criticised him.

"This is yet another mischievous attempt by the State Government and the governing coalition in Penang to deflect criticisms and scrutiny of their actions by demonising Barisan Nasional and its component parties," Ivanpal wrote.

"The Chief Minister and his administration should in fact respond to criticisms with truth and reason, and not resort to undemocratic methods such as banning media outlets from state government events.

"It is ironic because as the Federal Government proceeds with its political transformation programme which includes granting of greater freedom to the media, the State Government of Penang is moving in a diametrically opposite direction by seeking to muzzle the press.

"For a party that claims to be a champion media freedom, the Democratic Action Party has shown itself to be intolerant of any criticism to the extent it has justified the banning of Utusan Malaysia and New Straits Times as a purported act of self-defence.

"I find it hard to fathom this justification. The Federal Government and other Barisan Nasional controlled State Governments have never resorted to banning any media outlets from covering them as such measures are ineffective and counter-productive despite many media outlets, especially the electronic media, being exceptionally critical at times.

"Former Chief Minister of Penang, Tan Sri Dr Koh Tsu Koon in his 18 years as Chief Minister never banned any media outlet from covering his administration despite adverse and critical reports because he has always believed and continues to believe in the importance of a free press."

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9 comments:

samagagah said...

bro,

LGE's tongue is longer than his johnny.

that's why he cant remember what he did and what he is doing as a chief minister.

the other problem with him is his officers around his waist.

they are just perfect assholes!

a media member said...

there is no media freedom in penang.

as a member of the media, my publication has been barred from making any coverage about him since the past few months.

even some of the chinese media are now against this dictatorial policy.

penangan said...

salam tuan,

dah biasa bagi pembangkang ni.

dalam memperjuang dan melaung-laungkan kebebasan media, rupa-rupanya mereka sendiri terperangkap dalam kata2 yang dikeluarkan.

mereka sendiri tidak sanggup menghadapi kritikan dan teguran pihak media.

sama juga dalam kes PTPTN untuk pelajar Unisel. walhal merekalah yang ingin menghapuskan PTPTN dan memberi pendidikan percuma.

tengok apa dah jadi!

pro-Pakatan said...

dont talk cock la.

lim guan eng is a person who tolerates criticism.

what you media people wrote is all about lies and libelous materials about him and his party.

there is a big different between criticism and lies!

pulau tikus nasi kandar said...

rakyat penang patut dah tau dah.

apa lagi?

jatuhkan kerajaan DAP pada pilihanraya umum akan datang.

sama ada melayu, cina atau india, kita dah tau tembelang depa ni!

Anonymous said...

yooooo!!!

mainstream newspapers like utusan and berita harian are speading more lies about the opposition.

admit it!

Anonymous said...

what freedom of the press?

guan is in fact 'presses' the penang media to his knees!

bloody hell!

Anonymous said...

memang pemimpin pakatan rakyat ni cakap tak serupa bikin.

cakap lain, buat lain.

memang cibai punya worang!

Anonymous said...

Hello Pro pakatan
Wow wait a minute ...
Malaysiakini and Malaysian Insider are not writing lies about the government? LGE tolerates criticism? Why then he wanted to sue the papers when they asked about his pretty lady..

Look at yourself who is talking cock?