Update: This forum has been postponed as a mark of respect to the death and the funeral of Tun Dr Lim Chong Eu. A new date and venue will be announced later.
The right to know is a basic democratic right that has, for long, been suppressed by a culture of state secrecy and the lack of freedom of information (FOI) legislation. Information empowers citizens to hold governments accountable and enables people to make informed decisions. The introduction of FOI legislation is a step towards engendering a new culture of transparency.
The Coalition for Good Governance Penang (CGGP), Pertubuhan Wartawan dan Jurugambar Akhbar Cina Pulau Pinang (Pewaju) and the Centre for Independent Journalism (CIJ) is organising a forum to discuss the recently tabled Freedom of Information (Penang) Enactment Bill 2010.This forum is open to all members of the public. We hope concerned citizens will take this opportunity to comment and provide feedback to the Select Committee studying the bill.
- YB Jagdeep Singh (Chairperson, Penang FOI Bill Select Committee)
- Gayathry Venkiteswaran (Director, Centre for Independent Journalism)
- Ng Eng Kiat (Secretariat member, Suaram, Penang Branch)