PR can authorize Makkal Osai to print : my 2 sen

Posted on April 21, 2008

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Birdseye commented :

‘No offense meant and still hoping I’m dead wrong so PP did not make an ass of itself by proclaiming that “PR CAN AUTHORIZE MAKKAL OSAI TO PRINT.” ‘

Well, firstly Birdseye, PP made no proclamation. Attention was drawn to a viewpoint by a respected social activist, Wong Chin Huat, on section 25 of the PPPA.

Secondly, if throwing hitherto untested ideas and viewpoints out in public space for discussion and consideration amounts to PP making ‘an ass of itself’, then rest assured that PP will continue to make an ass of itself.

To help you to avert running foul of your own caution that a ‘little knowledge is a dangerous thing’, I have linked below in toto the Printing Press & Publications Act, 1984 in pdf.

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Under the PPPA, a licence is required to keep or operate a printing press ( Section 3 ) and a permit is required to the print, import, publish, sell, circulate or distribute, or offer to publish, sell, circulate or distribute, any newspaper printed in Malaysia or Singapore ( section 5 ).

 

There is no other activity for which a licence or permit is required under the PPPA.

 

The interpretation section of PPPA ( section 2 ) explains ‘newspaper’ to mean : ‘any publication containing news, intelligence, reports of occurrences or any remarks, observations or comments, in relation to such news, intelligence or occurrences, or to any other matter of public interest, or any magazine, comic or other forms of periodical printed in any language for sale or free distribution at regular or irregular intervals but does not include any publication published by or for the Federal or any State Government or the Government of Singapore’

 

The exclusion of ‘any publication published by or for the Federal or any State Government’ from the meaning of ‘newspaper’ has been a critical factor in the view that I have formulated below.

 

What it would mean is that any publication published by or for the Federal or any State Government which contains news, intelligence, reports of occurrences or any remarks, observations or comments, in relation to such news, intelligence or occurrences, or to any other matter of public interest, or any magazine, comic or other forms of periodical printed in any language for sale or free distribution      ( emphasis is mine ) at regular or irregular intervals does not come within the meaning of ‘newspaper’.

 

 

Section 25 excludes from the application of the PPPA the publication or making of any document or periodical by or for the Federal or any State Government or any statutory body.

 

In my view, reading section 25 and the meaning of ‘newspaper’, both of the PPPA, the PR state governments could publish for sale or free distribution a publication that has all the trappings of a newspaper as defined by PPPA but would not be a newspaper as defined under the PPPA. Such a publication, not being a newspaper, would not attract the requirement of a prior permit to publish or sell  a newspaper.

 

My 2 sen.