Pakatan Harapan – only we can limit freedom of press and expression, not BN

TTF: That seems to be the message Pakatan Harapan is sending Malaysians.

1. Just yesterday, two lawyers seen to be opposition friendly created fake news by suggesting that the Anti Fake-News Bill 2018 proposed by government would curb freedom of expression.

2. Yesterday also, PKR Batu MP Chua Tian Chang (Tian Chua) told the Malay Mail that the bill was not necessary as there were existing laws to curb the spread of fake news.

3. Then, on the 8th of March 2018, Pakatan announced through its GE14 manifesto that it would guarantee freedom of press in the event it came to power.

Now, here’s the problem with all the above:

1. All these instances and proclamations point to the idea that Pakatan Harapan is all for the freedom of information and expression.

2. However, Tian Chua currently runs the Malaysia Chronicle, the biggest fake news portal in Malaysian history and a mirror site for the Clare Rewcastle Brown run Sarawak Report.

3. Pakatan never has anything to say about fake news published via the DAP funded Malaysiakini and Free Malaysia Today (FMT), and not to mention, the Faridah Begum run fake news site, The Malaysian Insight.

4. Just yesterday, the Selangor Menteri Besar’s office barred several media agencies from a briefing session on the Ijok land issue (see news item below).

5. The Penang state administration of Lim Guan Eng is known to do the exact same thing.

6.Given that both the Selangor and Penang state administrations are the only two Pakatan run administrations in the country, it is evident that the coalition’s GE14 manifesto is nothing but a fake set of promises.

7. The fact remains that Pakatan leaders have no interest whatsoever in preserving the freedom of press, information and expression in this country.

8. In short, not only does Pakatan create fake news, it delivers false hope by making promises it has no intention of fulfilling.

But then, what can you expect from a coalition led by a former premier, who, in the 22 years he held power, was censured the world over for stifling press freedom and the right to an expression?

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SHAH ALAM: The Selangor Menteri Besar’s office today barred several media agencies from a briefing session on the Ijok land issue.

The invitation to the session, held at the State Secretary’s Office here, was believed to have only been extended to a few media agencies such as The Star, Sinar Harian, The Sun, Malay Mail, The Edge, and Astro Awani.

Attempts by the New Straits Times Press (NSTP) reporters to attend the session, held at the 14th floor, were unsuccessful when a state secretariat staff said that NSTP was not invited.

Apart from the NSTP, also barred from the session were Utusan Malaysia, RTM, TV3 and the national news agency, Bernama.

It is understood that the media which were allowed into the session were provided with a 21-page booklet containing the PKR-led state government’s explanation on the issue.

Meanwhile, Kuala Selangor Member of Parliament, Datuk Seri Dr Irmohizam Ibrahim, said the Menteri Besar’s Office’s actions of inviting only selected media reeked of Pakatan Harapan’s double standards.

“To me, it clearly shows that the concept of a free media is not really practiced under the Pakatan Harapan administration. This is contrast to in Parliament, where all media agencies are allowed to provide coverage, even when there are issues raised by the opposition.

“This reeks of double standards on their part, especially when the issue they are discussing revolves around the Ijok settlers.

“The Ijok issue has already become a polemic, and has seen the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission arrest several individuals to aid their investigation into the sale of state government land in Ijok,” he said.

The issue first came to light in February when Barisan Nasional Strategic Communications director, Datuk Seri Abdul Rahman Dahlan, urged Selangor Menteri Besar, Datuk Seri Azmin Ali, to clarify as to why the Selangor government had handed over a plot of land worth RM1.18 billion in Ijok to two developers, Mujur Zaman Sdn Bhd and LCBN Development Sdn Bhd in 2016.

The 880-acre plot was purchased by the two developers in 1998, but seized by the Selangor government, then under the administration of former Menteri Besar Tan Sri Khalid Ibrahim, under the National Land Code following a breach of terms and conditions of the agreement.

The seizure was made after the developers had allegedly failed to develop the land. The developers brought the case to court. It was set to be heard in the Federal Court when Azmin’s administration struck a settlement with the developers, a move which has since been criticised by several quarters.

Khalid has since urged the authorities to probe the deal.

On Feb 22, MACC reportedly raided five companies and seized documents over the land sale.

Earlier this month, MACC said they have conducted a forensic audit on five companies’ accounts related to the Ijok land issue. MACC deputy chief commissioner (operations) Datuk Seri Azam Baki had said the commission were identifying any suspicious transactions made among the accounts.

He said individuals involved directly to the companies, including the directors and accountants have been called to give their statements to facilitate investigations.

Source: NST Online

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