Datuk Abu Seman Yusop, the Deputy Home Minister said recently that the government is serious when it said that they will guard the interest of the publishing industry as long as they operated within the confines of national security. He said that because the publishing industry plays a significant and vital role in disseminating information to the people, the Printing Presses and Publications Act was not imposed. He said that the Act however is currently being reviewed and that it will be tabled when all the views of the stakeholders have been taken into account and when the time is right.
He also reported that a total of 637 cases were taken against publications in 2010 which is 22% less than in 2009. He said that when one can get all types of information easily on the internet, it would give rise to more security risks. Today, one can simple spread malicious messages through the internet. The publishing industry generally refers to those in the media who provides news and issues of the country. This would include newspapers, Malaysian magazine as well as the online media.
Where this is concerned, it must be noted that in the past, there has been many cases where only certain companies in the publishing industry were allowed to operate freely based on the type of news they carry. While major newspapers like The Star and Utusan Malaysia are controlled and owned by political parties of the ruling government, those from the opposition front have been faced with various restrictions and hurdles in their reporting.