Category Archives: 1984

Revoke the 1984 Publication and Presses Act

I have been thinking about the draconian 1984 printing and presses act and the 1987 amendment (Malaysia) that was made to that act which gave almost all power of controlling the print media to the Home minister.

I wonder if the Pakatan Rakyat opposition is really interested in revoking that act as they should be able to through one of their members create a private members bill and pass that in the Dewan Rakyat during an opposition day. (I am under the assumption that Malaysia under a Westminster system of government has opposition days). The only hindering block that the Dewan Rakyat would have even if it does pass would be the fact that the bill in order to me made law would need to be scrutinized by the Dewan Negara (Senate), which will most probably not pass it due to the reason that there is not a single opposition senator in the upper house.

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