Rights lawyer sacked from ministry’s council after pressure from Umno

Rights lawyer Eric Paulsen.

PETALING JAYA: The Communications and Multimedia Ministry today sacked Eric Paulsen from a new consultative council it formed, after coming under pressure from Umno leaders.

In a short statement, the ministry said the decision would not affect the council’s roles and functions in advising the ministry.

The council was set up on June 9 to advise the ministry on the government’s media and communication policies.

PAS and Umno leaders had said that Paulsen was not suitable to be part of the council, accusing him of making sensitive remarks against Islamic authorities.

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