GEORGE TOWN, Feb 26 – To ban the Goods and Services Tax (GST) and other provisions that hurt the economy, not The Malaysian Insider (TMI), said Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng. He expresses he was very shocked over Putrajaya’s move to block access to news portal TMI and called for this decision to be revoked.
“The ban was unacceptable as no specific reason was given for the decision. We condemned strongly and urge the Federal Government to revoke the ban, they should ban GST and other provisions that hurt the economy, but not TMI,” Lim said in a press conference at his office Komtar here this morning.
He said Putrajaya should focus on the slowing economy rather than expend effort pursuing news outlets. The Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC) has blocked access to The Malaysian Insider’s portal for allegedly producing content that violated Section 233 of the Communications and Multimedia Act 1998 on yesterday evening.
“In Penang, the administration is transparency which we did not ban any media from attending any of its press conferences. If the media slander us, we will take them to court but we don’t ban them. Therefore, that is also one of the reasons why Penang was listed as the most attractive region for commercial property investment in Malaysia, overtaking even Kuala Lumpur,” he said.
Lim is referring to the ranking by Knight Frank Malaysia survey where 67 per cent respondents chose Penang as the top choice for commercial property investment and while Klang Valley comes up as second choice with 56 per cent, KL Golden Triangle retreated to 4th position with 49% and Johor/Iskandar at 55%.