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Freedom for TV viewers

Dr Yee Moh Chai launches an online poll on the use of parabolic antennae

By Oliver Majaham
Pictures by Ille Tugimin
Video by Flanegan Bainon

Malaysia prides itself as one of the few countries where the internet is not censored. But when it comes to what Malaysians can view on TV or see in the cinema, the freedom ends. A recent seizure of 193 parabolic antennae in Sabah by customs officers has caused much unhappiness. And Deputy Chief Minister Dr Yee Moh Chai is the first to call on the federal authorities to allow their use. He has launched an online opinion poll at freedom2info.com today to allow the public to vote on it.

   There is no deadline for the poll but Dr Yee said that “we would have enough votes and comments after a few weeks that would be sufficient for us to convey a message to the authorities.”

Dr Yee said the online poll campaign was his own initiative and had nothing to do with his ministry of resource development and information technology.

The public is banned from owning such antennae which officials said were smuggled into Sabah from neighbouring Indonesia. They cost between 300 and 500 ringgit ($96 and $160).

MEASAT Broadcast Network Systems is the only company that is broadcasting satellite TV programmes through its Astro brand. Telekom Malaysia is the other company that can allow embassies, government departments, some hotels and companies to use parabolic antennae for communication and to receive foreign TV programmes. – Insight Sabah

 

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Posted on December 7, 2011

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  • Dr Yee Moh Chai launches an online poll on the use of parabolic antennae - Freedom for TV viewers

    By Christopher Ng on 27-07-2012 08:36 am

    Why there is no new about this issue already?

  • USE OF PARABOLIC ANTENNAE

    By Mej (Rtd) Ab Wahid Said on 10-05-2012 04:09 pm

    Let face it our world are changing at a fast rate. News travel fast. Why limit our scope of viewing according to ASTRO. We have our personal choice what to see and watch . ASTRO is charging expensively.
    Others or  VIPs and prominent leaders are enjoying watching AND have their own antennae while others are deprived of watching. Come on  Malaysia, do away with the communication laws and regulations and updates  and accept the importance of broadcasting and TVs communication. We want to watch the world happening and events in our fingertips anytime.

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