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Makkal Osaiís Vidiyal

Contributed by Anonymous on Saturday, August 25 @ 12:34:27 CDT

Tamil Dailies
By: Traveler, Saturday, August 25, 2007

The Tamil readers who have been following the Sujatha suicide case and the Maika Holding scandals in Makkal Osai daily for the last one month may be deeply disappointed today as the paper cease to hit the street owing to the suspension of the printing license by the high-handed Malaysian government that disregards freedom of speech.

Tamil Nesan published this

But don’t worry; there is a Vidiyal, tomorrow. Yes, Makkal Osai management is using Vidiyal, a by-weekly tabloid, to publish their news for this Sunday. Vidiyal is owned by Makkal Osai legal advisor Saraswathi Kandasamy who is also apparently the late Athi Kumanan’s second wife.

It seems 35,000 copies have been printed and ready for distribution. The tabloid comes in 16 pages. Our source did not disclose the contents but of course expect the usual Makkal Osai’s Maika scandal issues and most definitely another colorful Sujatha’s photo -- probably rehashing the same old facts -- as the prime news.

For the past few days Tamil Nesan, Samy Vellu’s daily,  has been advertising of running a story this Sunday that expose Nesa scandals, a cooperative head by S. Subramaniam, former MIC deputy president. Certainly, you can expect counter attack in Vidiyal.

Meanwhile, Makkal Osai management intends to make an appeal to PM Abdullah Badawi to reduce the suspension to one week. Since the Christian leaders have accepted their apology, the management expects the suspension may be reduced. If this fails, plan B will be unveiled: sources say there are other Tamil daily licenses in their position that can be used for time being.

The group showing the police report against Tamil Nesan

August 25, 2007 22:09 PM  
Tamil Nesan Too Carries Offensive Picture, Claims Makkal Osai

KUALA LUMPUR, Aug 25 (Bernama) -- A day after it was suspended by the Internal Security Ministry, Makkal Osai has claimed that its rival, Tamil Nesan, also carried the offensive caricature of Jesus Christ.

Makkal Osai general manager S.M. Periasamy claimed that Tamil Nesan, the oldest Tamil newspaper in the country, carried the same image of Christ holding a cigarette in one hand and what appeared to be a can of beer in the other, on page 3 of its Aug 23 edition.

He said following this, a report was lodged against Tamil Nesan at the Sentul district police headquarters here today.

"That edition (Aug 23) carries a picture of Puchong MIC division head, Peter Sinnanppan, holding up the same offensive image of Christ which was enlarged to poster size.

"Tamil Nesan repeated that image which is deemed sensitive and was a mistake to serve its political interest. So, appropriate action must also be taken against that newspaper," said Periasamy.

On Makkal Osai's suspension, he said the newspaper's management had also acted accordingly by suspending its staff who was responsible for inserting the offensive caricature.

He said all its editorial staff had also been warned and told to be more careful with articles and pictures in future.

Meanwhile, Sentul district police chief, ACP K. Kumaran when contacted confirmed the police report which was lodged at 2.04pm.

Makkal Osai's publishing permit was suspended for a month from yesterday until Sept 24 after it carried the offensive caricature in its Aug 21 issue.




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