Press barred from court hearing involving Zahid’s daughter, union wants explanation

The NUJ feels that this action of barring the press from an open court hearing is an attempt to prevent journalists the freedom to gather information, though it involves children of politicians or influential personalities. Source (pic): NST Online

ڤمبريتا دهالڠ بوات ليڤوتن ڤروسيديڠ محكمه انق زاهيد حميدي، كساتوان جورناليس مينتا ڤنجلسن

The National Union of Journalists (NUJ) expressed regret over the move by Putrajaya magistrate’s court at banning newsmen from covering an open court proceedings involving Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi’s daughter and son-in-law yesterday.

NUJ president Chin Sung Chew in a statement today also sought an explanation from the judiciary on the matter as no justification was given for the directive, allegedly given by magistrate Shah Wira Abdul Halim. 

Datuk Nurul Hidayah Ahmad Zahid and her husband, Datuk Saiful Nizam Mohd Yusoff, were fined RM800 each for breaching the Movement Control Order (MCO) recently.

The duo pleaded guilty under the Regulation 3(1) of the Prevention and Control of Infectious Diseases (Measures within the Infected Local Areas) Regulations 2020.


KUALA LUMPUR: The National Union of Journalists (NUJ) expressed regret over the move by Putrajaya magistrate’s court at banning newsmen from covering an open court proceedings involving Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi’s daughter and son-in-law yesterday.

NUJ president Chin Sung Chew in a statement today also sought an explanation from the judiciary on the matter as no justification was given for the directive, allegedly given by magistrate Shah Wira Abdul Halim.




“We regret this action, especially for a case that was set for an open court hearing where public has the right to attend the proceedings.

“We feel that this action is an attempt to prevent journalists the freedom to gather information, though it involves children of politicians or influential personalities.

“As long as the journalists do not violate court rules, the directive can be deemed as an obstruction to the journalist’s duty in obtaining news,” she said.

She said such directive would showcase Malaysia as not practising media freedom since the court was the symbol of justice in the country.

Datuk Nurul Hidayah Ahmad Zahid and her husband, Datuk Saiful Nizam Mohd Yusoff, were fined RM800 each for breaching the Movement Control Order (MCO) recently.

The duo pleaded guilty under the Regulation 3(1) of the Prevention and Control of Infectious Diseases (Measures within the Infected Local Areas) Regulations 2020.

The offence carries a maximum RM1,000 fine or six months imprisonment, upon conviction.

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The couple had flouted the MCO when they met Deputy Environment Minister Datuk Ahmad Masrizal Muhammad at the Environment Ministry after an earlier meeting with Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Datuk Seri Dr Zulkifli Mohamad Al-Bakri.

In a photo featuring the couple, which was uploaded on Instagram, the accompanying caption read: “After we met the Religious Affairs Minister, we went to the Environment Ministry to meet Datuk Masrizal, the Deputy Minister. We exchanged ideas and held a discussion, which has been YB Datuk Dr Masrizal’s and my way (of doing things) since the days when he had been my father @AhmadZahidHamidi’s political secretary. A dear friend to our family.”

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NOTA: SAYA MEMBUAT PENGUMUMAN-PENGUMUMAN PENTING DARI MASA KE SEMASA EKSKLUSIF MENERUSI SALURAN TELEGRAM BERIKUT:



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