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Malaysian Media Council pro-tem committee finally formed

The Malaysian government has finally revealed the line-up of the pro-tem committee who were tasked to set-up the Malaysian Media Council; an outfit whose formation was first mooted way back in 1973.

Zaidi Azmi
Written by Zaidi Azmi

KUALA LUMPUR – January 17, 2020: The government has finally revealed the line-up of the pro-tem committee who were tasked to set-up the Malaysian Media Council; an outfit whose formation was first mooted way back in 1973.

Communications and Multimedia Minister Gobind Singh Deo said at a press conference yesterday that the committee members have two months to come up with proposals to be included in the parliamentary bill concerning the council.

“The proposed bill  will focus on five key areas for now, namely outlining the objectives and functions of the council, its constitution and membership, a code of conduct, the dispute resolution methods and general provisions which include examining current laws which need to be repealed or amended when the council is established,” he said.

Gobind said the Cabinet had agreed on the matter on December 6 last year.

Prime Minister’s media advisor Datuk Abdul Kadir Jasin was appointed as the advisor of the committee while Malaysiakini’s founder Pramesh Chandran was selected as its chairman.

Other members are as follows:

  • Datuk Dr Chamil Wariya (Malaysian Press Institute (MPI))
  • Datuk Yong Soo Heong (MPI)
  • Ding Jo Ann (Centre for Independent Journalism)
  • Datuk Mokhtar Hussain (Bernama)
  • Datuk Ahirudin Attan (National Press Club)
  • Gayathry Venkiteswaran (Nottingham University)
  • Kuik Cheng Kang (Editors’ Association of Chinese Medium Malaysia)
  • Tehmina Kaoosji (Journalists Alliance)
  • Radzi Razak (Gerakan Media Merdeka)
  • Ashwad Ismail (Astro Awani)
  • Rozaid A. Rahman (The Star)
  • Jahabar Sadiq (The Malaysian Insight)

Four unnamed representatives from Sabah, Sarawak, National Union of Journalists and the Foreign Correspondents Club Malaysia are also part of the committee.

During their first meeting at Gobind’s office in Putrajaya on June 21 last year , the committee members and minister agreed that the council should be set-up by an Act of parliament.

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If Zaidi Azmi isn’t busy finding his way in the city, this 26-year-old northern kampung boy can be found struggling to make sense of the Malaysian political scene. Zaidi can be reached at zaidiazmi91@gmail.com.