PBB Youth lodges report against Radio Free Sarawak

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  • Saturday, 05 Mar 2011

KUCHING: Parti Pesaka Bumiputera Bersatu (PBB) Youth Wing has lodged a police report against a foreign based independent radio station Radio Free Sarawak for airing contents which can compromise peace in the state.

About 30 PBB Youth members from Bengoh, Jepak, Kidurong, Satok, Demak Laut, Belaga, Meradong, Beting Maro, Nangka, Bukit Asek, Pelawan, Ngemah, Bekenu, Ba’kelalan and Lawas led by their deputy chief Pandi Suhaili went to Kuching District Police headquarters here around 3.30pm yesterday.

“We are lodging a police report against Radio Free Sarawak for operating without permission and airing seditious contents which can compromise peace in the state,” Pandi told Star Sarawak yesterday.

He said PBB Youth Wing decided to lodge a police report in response to a statement by Deputy Information, Communication and Culture Minister Datuk Joseph Salang on Feb 26 that the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC) could act against Radio Free Sarawak if police reports were lodged against it.

If the contents of the radio station contravened the Communications and Multimedia Act 1998, MCMC could block its broadcast, said Salang.

Pandi hoped the police would conduct an investigation together with MCMC and stop the broadcast immediately.

PBB Youth chief Datuk Fadillah Yusof on Feb 28 said PBB Youth Wing would be forming a legal team to study the radio station’s contents to see if these breached Malaysian laws.

“If they do, we’ll lodge a police report against them and we want relevant agencies to take action,” he said.

Clare Rewcastle Brown, the sister-in-law of former British Prime Minister Gordon Brown, and Peter John Jaban, an Iban activist known as Papa Orang Utan to his listeners, went public on Feb 23 saying they were responsible for the blog, Sarawak Report and the radio station in a British tabloid report.

Sarawak Report and Radio Free Sarawak have been very critical of Chief Minister Tan Sri Abdul Taib Mahmud.

Fadillah, who is Deputy Science, Technology and Innovation Minister, conceded that it would be difficult to take action against the station as it was aired via the Internet.

He said the best way to counter baseless accusations in the Internet by the radio station, or bloggers and the Opposition was to explain government policies and plans which put the people first.

“We need to inform the people that the facts have been twisted,” said Fadillah.

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