PPPA: Minister’s ‘absolute discretion’ to be removed

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The government has tabled an amendment to the Printing Presses and Publications Act 1984, reports MP Dr Jeyakumar Devaraj.

Jeyakumar reports:

Not sure if they can get it passed by tomorrow evening.

Parliament is on till 10.30pm tonight!

Discussing the Rukun Tetangga Act now, and after this the Rela Act.

The amendments to the Printing Presses and Publications Act that have been tabled make it less draconian

– The “absolute discretion” of the Minister is removed. The Minister’s decision can be challenged in Court.

– If the Minister intends to revoke or cancel a licence, he must first give an opportunity for the person to be heard first. In the original Act, there is no need for this.

– Once a licence is given, it will remain for as long as it is not revoked. Not like now when it has to be renewed annually.

A minor version of “Spring” in Malaysia?

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kittykat46

Old poison in a shiny new packaging.
Its still toxic.