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Published: Tuesday December 3, 2013 MYT 4:53:00 PM
Updated: Tuesday December 3, 2013 MYT 5:19:20 PM

Malaysiakini to apply for newspaper permit again, says lawyer

KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysiakini will be writing to the Home Minister to reconsider its application over a permit to publish a newspaper.

Its lawyer K. Shanmuga said this was following the time limit for the Government to file an application for leave to appeal to the Federal Court had expired.

He said the 30-day period to file the appeal had lapsed on Tuesday.

He said the Government had not filed an appeal against the Court of Appeal’s Oct 30 ruling which upheld the High Court’s decision that Malaysiakini’s application for a newspaper permit be reconsidered by the Home Ministry in accordance with the law. 

“I have advised Malaysiakini to resend their previous application for a newspaper permit.

“Malaysiakini will be writing to the Home Minister to request for the newspaper permit soon,” he said when contacted by The Star. 

Mkini Dotcom Sdn Bhd, which operates online web portal www.malaysiakini.com, claimed that it has applied on April 14,2010 through its director J.Premesh for the permit.

It claimed that it wants to publish a daily publication at the price of RM1 for each copy.

In the judicial review application at the High Court, it said it has plans to distribute 40,000 copies of the newspaper around the Klang Valley.

However, Mkini Dotcom contended that a Home Ministry officer Abdul Razak Abdul Latif had issued a letter dated Aug 19,2010 stating that the ministry decided not to consider their application under Printing Presses and Publications Act 1984.

It stated that it received another letter from Abdul Razak stating that the ministry has decided “not to consider” the application for the permit.

Mkini Dotcom named Home Ministry’s secretary-general, the Home Minister and Government as respondents in their application filed on Sept 28, 2010.

Tags / Keywords: courts, newspaper, Malaysiakini, Home Ministry

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