KUALA LUMPUR: PKR vice-president Nurul Izzah Anwar has reaffirmed her commitment to abolish the Printing Presses and Publications Act 1984 and the setting up of a media council in ensuring free and fair media in Malaysia.
Nurul Izzah, who is also Permatang Pauh MP, said she had prepared a Bill for the purpose way back in 2010 and would seek to re-table a motion on the matter in Parliament soon.
“We are talking about a new era where you celebrate truth and you allow fair criticism to contribute to the development of the country,” she told reporters yesterday outside Yayasan Al-Bukhary, where the first meeting of the Pakatan Harapan coalition was held after the May 9 polls.
Meanwhile, PKR secretary-general Datuk Saifuddin Nasution Ismail said the media should be seen as an important element, particularly as checks and balances.
“Whatever commitment to reform we have expressed to the public must be implemented for the people to see.
“In a multiracial country, responsible media institutions must be seen as an important component, and I believe that Pakatan Harapan is committed to this principle,” he said. — Bernama