Statement by Lim Guan Eng in Parliament on Tuesday, 24th
Parliament's restrictions on reporters hampers the functioning of
enclosure and exclusion of reporters to a small corner at the Parliament
lobby in both demeaning and to reporters carrying out their duties as
well as contemptuous of the functioning of democracy and freedom of the
press. There is no justification whatsoever for restricting reporters to
a small corner as if they pose a grave danger to security and a role to
the safety of parliamentarians.
No MP has ever suffered personal injury or threats from reporters
accredited to cover the Parliament. By imposing such restrictions merely
for the personal comfort and conveniences of certain individuals would
contravene the basic spirit of democracy and respect the sanctity of
Parliament where reporters can carry out their duties to communicate
debate on policy in an accurate and professional manner.
DAP strongly criticises these restrictions as hampering the functioning
of democracy and efforts towards a first-world Parliament. There can
never be a first world Parliament without press freedom and where
reporters are not permitted to do their job in a freely available and
amicable manner. DAP MPs will continue to pursue with the Speaker to
lift this restriction which is contrary to public demands for a CAT
Parliament that is Competent, Accountable and Transparent.
Lim Guan Eng, DAP
Secretary-General & MP for Bagan