Suhakam concerned over threat to suspend Herald’s publication
The Human Rights Commission of Malaysia (Suhakam) yesterday expressed its concern with the threat to suspend the publication of the Herald (the Catholic newsletter) if it publishes an editorial on the Permatang Pauh by-election. Suhakam Civil and Political Rights Working Group (CPRWG) chairman Datuk Dr Michael Yeoh Onn Kheng, in a media statement, said this would be deemed an infringement on freedom of expression. “Any Malaysian citizen or publication should be allowed to make comment on Malaysian politics and elections as that is the fundamenta’ right of all citizens, provided such comments do not provoke dissension and arouse public disorder,” he said. It was reported in The Star yesterday that The Herald may have its permit suspended if it goes ahead and publishes an editorial on the Permatang Pauh by-election.