Posted on February 26, 2011, SaturdaySIBU: The rogue Radio Free Sarawak (RFS) allegedly inciting anti state government sentiment and interracial hatred, is operating from Malacca and not London as believed.
Deputy Minister of Information, Communication and Culture Datuk Joseph Salang disclosed this when approached for his comment about the station in Sarikei yesterday.
“I have been told it operates from Malacca. If there are reports lodged with the police or the Home Affairs Ministry against it, the Malaysian Communication and Multimedia Commission (MCMC) can begin its investigation.
“And if in the course of its investigation, it is proven that the radio station broadcast content that contravenes the Communications and Multimedia Act 1998, MCMC can block its broadcast,” he said.
He said so far there had been no such report lodged.
Salang had earlier chaired his Julau parliamentary constituency agricultural development committee meeting.
He went on to say the station was operating illegally as MCMC had not issued it a licence.
Lately, state leaders had condemned its ‘incendiary’ broadcast that they said could harm stability, unity and harmony in the state.
On Thursday, Sarawak Barisan Nasional Backbenchers Club chairman Abdul Karim Hamzah called on the relevant authority to take action against it.
Salang elaborated that it was strange that people would want to do things that were harmful to their own country.
“If anything, people with the right kind of mind would want to improve situations in their own country and not destroy it.
“If there are people who think certain individuals are doing illegal things against the country, they should lodge a police report,” he said.
He said the people should never under estimate the fairness of our judiciary system, the attorney general’s office.
“We have the laws and a very good set of constitution. We cannot equate what we have here with other countries,” he said.
He said people too could show their feelings through the ballot boxes, which is a much better option as Malaysia practises democracy.
“Go to the ballot boxes and see if the majority agree with the views that certain people are not respecting our laws and are doing illegal things.
“To those behind the radio station and are living outside the country, they must remember no matter how high an eagle flies, it will sooner or later come to rest on the humble tree,” he said.
Earlier, Salang said a sum of RM150,000 had been allocated for various agricultural projects in his constituency.
They included RM50,000 for the purchase of fertilizer and RM100,000 for the construction of roads leading to the farms with good business potentials.
He also met Tuai Rumah Balang of Nanga Sengaih from Ulu Julau whose longhouse was partially damaged by a recent landslide that affected four kitchens.
He gave a personal donation of RM3,000 to the inhabitants of the 39-door longhouse to clear the soil debris and to do minor repairs on a ‘gotong-royong’ basis.