Malaysian authorities today
denied renewal of publishing license for a popular Tamil daily, Makkal Osai, which has been providing
wide coverage for the opposition party People Alliance (Pakatan Rakyat) and its
advisor Anwar Ibrahim. According to sources, no reason was given for the
The daily’s license expired on 15th.
October, last year but was allowed to continue publishing with an understanding
expecting it toe the line. This is not the first time for Makkal Osai, owned by S. Subramaniam, former Malaysian Indian
Congress deputy President, getting into trouble. The daily has previously been
suspended and often critical of MIC President Samy Vellu.
Lim Kit Siang
Tamil Makkalosai suspended for a week - beginning of crackdown post-March 8?
April 16th, 2008
Popular Tamil daily, Tamil Makkalosai
has been suspended for a week by none other than the Home Minister,
Datuk Seri Syed Hamid Albar himself for giving too much coverage of
Pakatan Rakyat news.
With immediate effect, Tamil Makkalosai will not appear in the
streets until next week, awaiting the fate of its appeal to the Home
Is this the first sign of repression and crackdown on human rights
and the little space opening up in the printed media after the March 8
It is clear that the decision to stop the publication of Tamil
Makkalosai, which is still awaiting for its KDN this year, has got the
“green-light” from the Cabinet meeting this morning.
Why did the Ministers, particularly from Umno and other Barisan
Nasional component parties, particularly from the MIC, who have
promised to end their subsidiary and subservient role in Cabinet ,
agreed to such a repressive measure as to immediately close down Tamil