It’s amazing what a series of upcoming elections can do.
Already the government, perhaps with one eye on the Tenang by-election, has back-tracked. Now, the Royal Commission of Inquiry will look into the cause of Teoh Beng Hock’s death.
Now Hishammuddin also says the government is not yet ready to amend the Printing Presses and Publications Act to suppress Internet freedom. That’s a day after Home Ministry secretary-general Mahmood Adam reportedly said the government plans to table amendments to the PPPA to include online news sites when Parliament convenes in March.
What a major climbdown.
Let it be known that any plan to restrict freedom for Internet news websites and blogs to operate will become a major issue in the next general election.