RTM has provided fair coverage: Gobind

16 May 2019 / 08:23 H.

SHAH ALAM: The Ministry of Communications and Multimedia says Radio Televisyen Malaysia (RTM) Sarawak had discharged its responsibility fairly in providing coverage to everyone including the Sarawak ministers and government.

Its minister, Gobind Singh Deo (pix) said the allegation that RTM did not make coverage for the state government programmes was untrue.

“I have looked into the complaint and allegation that RTM Sarawak was acting unfairly in coverage on the chief minister, ministers and state government programmes was untrue.

“In the first four months of this year, RTM had made coverage on 181 activities involving the chief minister, ministers and the Sarawak State Government which were aired on various RTM platforms,” he said yesterday.

Gobind said RTM was given the freedom to make coverage in line with the government policy of championing media independence.

“I will never order RTM to do anything that I feel is against our approach.

“We also do not prevent RTM from making coverage on Sarawak state government programmes, if there are problems they can meet with the state RTM director or write a letter to us,” he said.

Recently, the Sarawak Minister of Tourism, Culture, Arts, Youth and Sports, Datuk Abdul Karim Rahman Hamzah expressed his disappointment because state government programmes were getting less coverage from RTM.

Meanwhile, when asked on the case of a 16-year-old girl in Sarawak who committed suicide on Tuesday after holding a poll on her Instagram on whether she should live or die, Gobind said the ministry would study the matter and find a solution so that it would not be repeated.

“I have instructed MCMC (Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission) to get the facts and subsequently there might be a need for the police to conduct investigation,” he added. — Bernama

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