Forum: Penang Freedom of Information Act
- YB Jagdeep Singh Deo (Chairman of Select Committee for FOI Enactment Penang)
- Ms Sonia Randhawa (Director, Centre for Independent Journalism)
- Ms Rowena Yam (Chief of Gerakan Penang Political Training Bureau)
The forum was held at the Penang Caring Society Complex on a Sunday afternoon and attended by about 60 people.
|A section of the audience|
|The panelists (from left): YB Jagdeep, moderator Dr Lim and Ms Rowena. Sonia not in the picture.|
|Sonia Randhawa from Centre for Independent Journalism|
|Rowena Yam from Gerakan's Political Bureau|
The forum was then opened to the floor for questions. To a question as to why the Penang draft is a replica of the Selangor Bill, YB Jagdeep explained that this is to expedite the process and to cut down time on writing out a totally new document.
To another question on whether the Selangor state government is really committed to allow freedom of information, Sonia said that she is hopeful that in the next Selangor state assembly sitting, the Selangor Bill will be cleaned up with the inputs and feedback to show their commitment.
For more information on the freedom of information and the Centre for Independent Journalism, visit this site http://cijmalaysia.org/
Find out why Penang's FOI Bill is "disgusting" in Aliran's report here.
Also check out this website: Article 19: Global campaign for Free expression.
Report by: Tan Seng Hai