Kit Siang: Pakatan will uphold freedom of the press


Lim Kit Siang. -filepic

KUALA LUMPUR: DAP and Pakatan Harapan has assured that it will uphold press freedom and that the closure of TV3 is neither the party nor the coalitions’s policy.

DAP adviser Lim Kit Siang said Jelutong DAP MP RSN Rayer has explained that he was venting his personal frustrations at how TV3 had vilified the Penang State Government and the Penang Chief Minister for the last 10 years but would abide by the DAP and Pakatan Harapan policy on press freedom.

“DAP and Pakatan Harapan leaders must set the tone for a new Malaysia, where there will no place for vengeance and settling of scores, unless the law had been broken,” he said in a statement posted on his blog on Friday night.

Lim said this in response to comments slamming Rayer for saying on his Facebook page that TV3 should be shut as it was behaving like the previous Barisan Nasional leaders.

“We must be aware and conscious of the exhilarating sense of freedom in the air felt by Malaysians at the historic results of the 14GE on May 9 on Wednesday giving Malaysians a second chance to re-set nation-building policies and directions after a long night of repression.

“I believe top on the agenda of the Pakatan Harapan government is to ensure press freedom in the country, and I suggest that one of the first acts of the 14th Parliament must be the repeal of the Anti-Fake News Act, and the initiation of a consultation process with journalist and press organisations and NGOs as to how we can ensure press freedom in Malaysia,” he said.

In a separate statement posted on his blog this morning (Saturday), Lim said Pakatan Harapan’s opponents should be welcome to join the ruling coalition.

However, they must fully support Pakatan’s policies and set no conditions.

“All Malaysians, including those who had opposed Pakatan Harapan, should be welcome to join in the Pakatan Harapan’s new but challenging journey to re-set nation building policies and directions, provided they fully endorse the Pakatan Harapan’s vision and manifesto – without any conditions whatsoever.”

Lim said the Government must institute reforms to restore the independence, efficiency and professionalism of national institutions which have been ravaged by the excesses and mistakes of the past.

“Those who have not broken the laws of the land and have not abused their powers should have nothing to fear.”

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