Me­dia banned from gath­er­ing at Par­lia­ment lobby

New Straits Times - - News -

KUALA LUMPUR: De­wan Rakyat Speaker Tan Sri Pandikar Amin Mu­lia yes­ter­day is­sued a rul­ing ban­ning me­dia per­son­nel from gath­er­ing at the Par­lia­ment lobby with im­me­di­ate ef­fect.

From now on, they would only be al­lowed to op­er­ate from the me­dia cen­tre.

Pandikar Amin made the de­ci­sion fol­low­ing com­plaints from mem­bers of par­lia­ment.

“I my­self do not feel com­fort­able be­cause I feel the me­dia is ev­ery­where, as if the the Par­lia­ment lobby is a pic­nic area.

“I have de­cided that me­dia per­son­nel who are in Par­lia­ment must re­port on the De­wan Rakyat pro­ceed­ings or press con­fer­ences from the me­dia cen­tre, ef­fec­tive im­me­di­ately,” he said af­ter the ques­tion-and-an­swer ses­sion ended at the De­wan Rakyat sit­ting yes­ter­day.

Pandikar Amin said Stand­ing Or­der 94 of the De­wan Rakyat gave the De­wan Rakyat Speaker the author­ity to is­sue the rul­ing.

Tourism and Cul­ture Min­is­ter Datuk Seri Mo­hamed Nazri Ab­dul Aziz pro­posed an al­ter­na­tive site for the press.

He said there should be in­ter­ac­tion dur­ing press con­fer­ences.

“I sug­gest they pro­vide a spe­cial corner where the me­dia can stay there. I feel it is con­ve­nient.”

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