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Makkal Osai Banned… « Malaysian Indian Channel 

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The Home Ministry today rejected the renewal of Tamil daily Makkal Osai’s publication permit, a move believed to be related to the widespread coverage given to the opposition.  When contacted, Makkal Osai general manager SM Periasamy confirmed that the ministry issued the letter which stated that the daily’s application ‘will not be considered’. The letter did not state any reasons for the rejection.

According to Periasamy, the daily – which is closely linked to former MIC deputy president S Subramaniam – had submitted an application for renewal in July, three months ahead of its permit’s expiry. Since Oct 15 – the day its permit expired – the daily has continued publication with the understanding that the government was in the process of considering its application for renewal. It finally received the answer from the ministry today.

It is noted for the extensive coverage given to the opposition often featuring lengthy articles on their leaders such as PKR’s Anwar Ibrahim. The daily, launched in 2005, has also given prominence to the Makkal Sakthi (people’s power) movement which sprang to life following the Nov 25 mammoth rally organised by the Hindu Rights Action Force (Hindraf).

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However, the daily saw a decline in its circulation after Subramaniam buried the hatchet with his former nemesis MIC president S Samy Vellu who owns the rival Tamil Nesan daily. Apart from the two dailies, the other Tamil newspaper in the market is Malaysia Nanban.

“We will file an appeal against this decision tomorrow,” said Periasamy.

Makkal Osai, whose office is located in Jalan Ipoh, Kuala Lumpur, has some 100 staff. Their fate remains unknown. This is not the first time that the newspaper ran into trouble. On Aug 24 last year, the government lapped a one-month suspension after the Tamil daily published an image of Jesus Christ holding a cigarette and a beer can four days ago.

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2 Comments

  1. First umno denying the indian to a have a small pie in our own country.HINDRAF BORN and still umno on denial mode.

    Second to teach the indians umno refuse to allows the indian temple to bring in scupltors and priest from india.( they demolish the temple and now punishing the indian rights to worship) (today the cabinet allows the priest).

    Third now umno ban this paper who they give coverage to the goverment in waiting.

    UMNO NOW TARGETING INDIAN.THE INDIAN PARTLY UNITED THE MALAYSIAN TO TOPPLE UMNO.

    HOPE PAKATAN RAKYAT WILL BAIL THE INDIAN BEFORE HINDRAF 2 BORN.

    raj raman;still a malaysian and will be forever.stuck up and proud for my country but still umno says i am not malaysian but indian.

  2. always indian”s became victim! Thats the only paper which reveals out the truth, and now….. Uncle Sam will be the first to celebrate it… Dun worry, Makkal Osai will be back soon.. It will be back SOON!!!!!!


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