KUALA LUMPUR: The new government led by Pakatan Harapan (PH) has cut off the tradition of “wahyu” (special orders) for the media, as was practised by the previous administration, said A Kadir Jasin, the prime minister’s special adviser on media and communications.
“We want to make the Malaysian media different from what it was for decades under the old government,” he said when met at a dialogue session with the press here today.
“After PH came to power and (there being) no more ‘wahyu’ from the new government, many editors and journalists do not know what to do. Some of them did ask me what the direction is now.
“My answer was simple — I asked them to do whatever they want to do with their newspapers as nobody is controlling them any more,” he added.
Kadir also claimed that there were still some newspapers owned by BN but not by PH.
Asked about the call for Dr Mahathir Mohamad to resign as the prime minister, Kadir said it was a process of the democratic practice in the country.
“During the BN era, if an MP or state assemblyman, let’s say from the MCA or MIC, were to criticise former prime minister Najib Razak, he (or she) will surely be expelled from his (or her) party.
“The fact that a DAP leader can criticise and call on the prime minister to resign shows that we are democratic.
“Did we ask for the expulsion of the person who made the criticism or call? We did not, did we?”
Last Monday, Johor DAP committee member Dr Boo Cheng Hau called on Mahathir, who is also PH chairman, to resign for the failure of PH in fulfilling its election manifesto promises.