The new English-language weekly, The Heat, has received a show-cause letter and then been suspended indefinitely, according to media reports.
This does not augur well for the state of democracy in the country and Najib’s purported democratic transformation programme, announced on the eve of Malaysia Day, 2011, in the run-up to GE13. Among other things, he had announced the easing of media restrictions. “The abolition of the ISA, and the other historic changes, underline my commitment to making Malaysia a modern, progressive democracy,” he was reported as saying in the global media.
It is time to repeal the Printing Presses and Publications Act.
This development comes a day after various media reported the findings of the latest Merdeka Centre survey:
– Najib’s approval rating has dropped to 52 per cent in December 2013 from 62 per cent in August.
– 54 per cent of those surveyed said they did not believe in government leaders’ statements about the country’s economic situation.
– The percentage of those expressing “happiness” with the government has fallen from 50 per cent in August to 38 per cent in December 2013.
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This also comes at a time when many are expressing unhappiness over the rising cost of living.