Malaysia

MCMC can act against Radio Free Sarawak, says Salang

February 25, 2011

SARIKEI, Feb 25 — The Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC) can act against Radio Free Sarawak if police reports are lodged against it, Deputy Information Communication and Culture Minister Datuk Joseph Salang said today.

He said so far no report had been lodged with the police or the Home Ministry.

“I have heard about its existence. I have also been made to understand it is based in Malacca and not in London as believed.

“If there are reports against it, the MCMC will investigate. If the contents contravene the Communications and Multimedia Act 1998, it can block its broadcast,” he told reporters after chairing the agricultural development committee meeting of his Julau parliamentary constituency here.

Salang said the radio station was not licensed with the MCMC and, as such, was an illegal one.

Today, Sarawak Barisan Nasional Backbenchers Club chairman Abdul Karim Hamzah called on the relevant authorities to take action against the station.

He said that in its daily broadcasts, the radio incited Sarawakians to go against the state government in the next state election as well as incited inter-racial hatred.

“It is strange that people would want to do things that are harmful to their own country.

“If anything, people with the right kind of mind will want to improve the situation in their own country and not destroy it,” he said.

Salang said that if the people thought that certain individuals were committing wrong against the country, they should lodge police reports.

Earlier, he said a sum of RM150,000 had been allocated for various agricultural projects in his constituency. — Bernama