Wednesday, December 3, 2008

I have raised the matter earlier


The Information Ministry is considering a special channel over Radio Television Malaysia (RTM) to broadcast Parliamentary proceedings, said its minister Datuk Ahmad Shabery Cheek.

However, he said, RTM would evaluate the pros and cons of the direct broadcast being implemented in other countries such as the United States (US) and Brazil.“There are countries such as the US which has its own channel dedicated to the debates and other goings-on in the Congress or Senate and when the Congress or Senate are not in session, the channel is considered as a political channel to discuss political matters specifically,” he said at the Dewan Rakyat sitting today.
He was replying to a supplementary question from Razali Ibrahim (BN-Muar) who wanted to know whether the government could consider providing a special channel on the proceedings at the Dewan Rakyat, Dewan Negara and the State Legislative Assembly.“Many of the elected representatives are still using the coverage to play to the gallery to satisfy their constituents instead of concentrating on national interest or the government as a whole.

“So we will study this matter further and gauge the advantages and disadvantages (of the live coverage),” he added.
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