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Published: Tuesday July 6, 2010 MYT 8:22:00 AM
Updated: Tuesday July 6, 2010 MYT 2:08:07 PM

Suara Keadilan: PKR faces legal action

PUTRAJAYA: PKR faces the risk of legal action if it continues publishing Suara Keadilan whose publication permit has expired.

Secretary of the Home Ministry's Publication Control and Quran Text Division, Datuk Zaitun Ab Samad, said if the party continued to publish its newspaper without a licence, action could be taken against it.

"If they operate the newspaper without a licence, they bear the risk of facing legal action," she said when commenting on PKR's strategy director Tian Chua's statement that the party would continue publishing its newspaper although there had been no response from the ministry to the application for renewal of the permit.

Tian Chua on Monday said the party would publish its newspaper as usual on Wednesday although there had been no development on the status of its publication permit.

The newspaper had recently published a front-page article titled "Felda Bankrupt", which is regarded as defamatory. On June 28, the Home Ministry gave Suara Keadilan a week to explain the article.

Zaitun had issued a statement that Suara Keadilan's publication permit issued in July last year had expired on June 30, as such the newspaper could no longer be published or printed, according to Section 5(1) of the Printing Presses and Publications Act 1984.

Before this, the newspaper had also been issued with a show-cause letter three times in January, February and April this year and it was reported that the newspaper had replied on June 29 but the ministry was not satisfied. - Bernama

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