Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Right to Information, not OSA

 Instead of following the foot step of Selangor to introduce a Freedom of Information Act, Lim Guan Eng resorts to the dragonian OSA to prevent the leaking of confidential information from the state government. Citing the access of the Opposition to some confidential information including the minutes of the state executive councillors' meeting as signs of a leak of information, Lim Guan Eng reminded all civil servants that they are under the Official Secrets Act(OSA) oath and they should know that they must not leak confifential information to outsider. Lim Guan Eng is reported to say the state government has nothing to hide and is not worried about the Opposition having such information. He is more worried about information being leaked to  interested parties especially business interest. 

Lim Guan Eng is merely looking for a lame excuse to use OSA to his own political advantage. Anyone one who know about his pro-business interest stand, will not resort to leaked information to gain business advantage. All you need to do is directly approach him with all sort of strange ideas like the Tiger Park, as long as you willing to foot the bill, he will stand by you.

Lim Guan Eng forgets about his call for an end to OSA. For which he once question how can the people be empowered if all information on essential services that affects their lives are classified under the OSA? He also forgets about the DAP's stand that Right to Information should be central to - 1Malaysia and People First.

“For a country that practises democracy, oppressive laws like
Printing Presses and Publications Act and Official Secrets Act used to keep media in line and prevent ordinary citizens from exercising their full rights to access information, should not be allowed to remain in Malaysia,” said Mentri Besar Khalid Ibrahim
After the ban of NST, now Lim Guan Eng is resorting to OSA to threathen the civil servants ,  totally contradicts his CAT (competency, accountability, and transparency) policy. 

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