Malaysia renews permit of Tamil daily

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Singapore, Apr 24 (UNI) The Malaysian government has renewed the publication permit of a local Tamil language daily, Makkal Osai, its general manager S M Periasamy said today.

Mr Periasamy said the Home Ministry has approved the licence after the newspaper appealed against the recent government decision to suspend its publication.

He added a licence fee of 3,000 Malaysian ringgit was also paid today. The Ministry also called Mr Periasamy last evening, according to Kuala Lumpur-based media reports today.

The daily would be back on newsstands on Saturday, he said.

Mr Periasamy also assured that Makkal Osai would continue to look after the interest of the ethnic Indian community in Malaysia.

The newspaper, which started as Tamil Osai in 1981 and was renamed Makkal Osai in 2005, has a daily circulation of 52,000 copies, with weekend circulation of 95,000 copies.

The government refused to the Makkal Osai permit last week, saying the newspaper has failed to follow official guidelines.

But media observers said the government was not happy with the daily's recent reports on opposition political parties which had caused an upset in the March 8, 2008 general elections in the country, leaving the ruling Barisan Nasional well short of the traditional two-thirds majority in parliament.


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