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Wednesday May 21, 2008

Selangor state assembly to go live

We will not censor any part of the proceedings and this will allow the people to monitor the performance of their elected representatives at the assembly... RODZIAH ISMAIL

THE public will have the opportunity to watch the 12th Selangor State Assembly proceedings live through the Internet.

The Pakatan Rakyat government will also be the first to provide live coverage of the sitting in full.

The three-day session, which will begin tomorrow and end on Monday, will be aired via its official portal http//www.selan-gor,gov.my.

Selangor science technology and innovation committee chairman Rodziah Ismail said this was the first time the full session of the state assembly would be given live coverage.

She said the Sultan of Selangor Sultan Sharafuddin Idris Shah's opening of the state assembly today would be also go live.

Rodziah said there would be no censorship of any segment of the coverage to provide the people of Selangor the opportunity to have a real feeling of the assembly.

“We will not censor any part of the proceedings and this will allow the people to monitor the performance of their elected representatives at the assembly.

“This will allow the public to view for themselves the Q&A sessions, debate and the policy-making process without any form of hindrance,'' she said.

The decision to provide live coverage, Rodziah said, was consistent with the state's aim of operating a transparent government with good governance.

”All those who have a PC or laptop with Internet connection can watch the session live from their homes, office and even coffee shops,'' she said.

Rodziah also said the live streaming would also mean that the representatives would be more cautious.

He said they had to be cautious with their language, mannerism and conduct during the session since it would be watched by the masses.

“This will also motivate the elected representatives both from the government and opposition to be on their toes,'' she said.

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