BERA – The suspension of the publishing permit of The Edge Weekly and The Edge Financial Daily for three months effective Monday is apt and should be imposed on other social media, which publish reports that could affect national peace and unity.
UMNO Supreme Council (MT) member Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob said stern action should be imposed in order to remind them not to abuse the freedom of speech given by the government.
“Although in the constitution people have the right to speak, they are still subject to the law and we do not tolerate defamation, sedition, sabotaging the country’s economy and treason to the country.
“Freedom should come with certain limitations or else it can destroy the country economically and lead to chaos,” he told reporters at the Bera parliamentary constituency’s Aidilfitri open house at Dataran Kerayong, here today.
Present were Umno vice-president and Defence Minister Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Hussein and Domestic Trade, Cooperatives and Consumerism Deputy Minister Senator Datuk Seri Ahmad Bashah Md Hanipah.
Ismail Sabri, who is also Agriculture and Agro-based Industry Minister, was commenting on yesterday’s announcement made by the Home Ministry over the three-month suspension of the two publications effective Monday, July 27.
The action was taken following two reports published by the newspapers about 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB), that could be to the detriment of the people and country.
Ismail Sabri said stern action, including to revoke permits must be taken against the two publications or any other media that continued to publish reports that could affect the national economy and unity.
Hishammuddin said the action was necessary in order to maintain peace and harmony in the country.
“The media have a responsibility. If there is any report that can destabilise security and harmony in the country, the government has to make a stand,” he said.
Meanwile in KEPALA BATAS, Penang Umno deputy chairman Datuk Seri Reezal Merican Naina Merican said the three-month suspension of the two publications was based on several considerations by the Home Ministry.
However, he said, the ministry must inform in detail the reasons for the suspension to avoid any misunderstanding.
“I’m certain there are specific reasons for the ministry and I feel it is more appropriate for the Home Ministry to inform the reasons for the suspension if they are said to have created uncertainty, and slanders,” he said. – BERNAMA