KUALA LUMPUR: A bill to amend the Printing Presses and Publication Act was tabled in Parliament on Wednesday.
The bill seeks to remove some of the Home Minister’s powers such as the ‘absolute discretion’ in granting or refusing a newspaper publishing permit.
It includes granting a proprietor of any newspaper in Singapore a permit allowing such newspaper to be imported, sold, circulated or distributed in Malaysia.
Deputy Home Minister Datuk Wira Abu Seman Yusop introduced the bill which “allows for judicial review of the Home Minister’s decision to allow, refuse, revoke or suspend a permit.”
The Bill seeks to remove the period of validity for a licence or permit and to allow such licence or permit to remain valid for so long as it is not revoked.
Source: The Star Online
Published: Wednesday April 18, 2012