GEORGE TOWN, Feb 26 — DAP’s Lim Guan Eng today expressed shock over Putrajaya’s move to block access to news portal The Malaysian Insider (TMI) and called for this decision to be revoked.

The Penang lawmaker said the ban was unacceptable as no specific reason was given for the decision.

“I want to urge the federal government to revoke this ban, they should ban GST, don’t ban TMI,” he said, referring to the Goods and Services Tax (GST).


He told Putrajaya that it should focus on the slowing economy rather than expend effort pursuing news outlets.

The Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC) blocked access to the portal on several networks yesterday.

Lim added that in Penang, the administration respected freedom of speech and does not ban any media from attending any of its press conferences.

“If the media slander us, we will take them to court but we don’t ban them,” he said.

He said the state’s policies including freedom of speech could also be the reason why Penang was listed as the most attractive region for commercial property investment in Malaysia, overtaking even Kuala Lumpur.

“I’m surprised, because unlike KL, we don’t have the LRT,” he said.

Lim is referring to a Knight Frank Malaysia survey where 67 per cent respondents chose Penang as the top choice for commercial property investment and while Klang Valley comes up as second choice with 56 per cent.

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