|Apr 16, 08 4:58pm|
|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).
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.