There is a circular, allegedly issued by the DAP-led Penang government, instructing its councillors not to talk to reporters from New Straits Times
and Utusan Malaysia,
Even if there were no such circular, we've known that since Lim Guan Eng became chief minister of the DAP-led Penang government, he's barred NST, Utusan and TV3 journalists from his events or got the organisers not to invite these media companies to their events where he would be guest.
Mean fellow. Bikin tak serupa cakap. Baru chief minister. Imagine if you were the PM?
Anyway, here's a News Straits Times report:
KUALA LUMPUR: A circular, allegedly issued by the DAP-led Penang government barring its councillors from talking to reporters from New Straits Times and Utusan Malaysia, showed it was being "hypocritical".
Speaking to the NST yesterday, veteran journalist Datuk
Ahiruddin Attan said the party, which claimed to champion freedom of
speech, was doing the exact opposite now that they were in power.
"For many years (as a journalist), I have known these
politicians. They were my contacts and friends and they always claimed
they would give us a better environment to work in when they come into
"But suddenly, instead of giving us more room to move, they
are making it more difficult for us and accusing us of being part of
their rival, which is Barisan Nasional, when most of us are not even
members of any political party," said Ahiruddin, who is a former
chairman of the National Press Club.
Describing the move as "very sickening", he said
journalists in this country had never been treated "this badly"
throughout his profession as a journalist for the past 27 years.
He said journalists had always fought for better and
greater freedom in reporting everytime the administration of the country
"Whether it was under Tun Hussein Onn, Tun Dr Mahathir
Mohamad or Tun Abdullah Ahmad Badawi, we always have to fight for
greater press freedom but we have never been treated this way by this
The National Union of Journalists (NUJ) has also urged the
Penang government not to penalise the reporters just because they were
angry with the media owners.