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The Malaysian Information Department (Japen) has received 183 requests from foreign media for temporary passes for press coverage during the 14th General Election (GE14).
Its DG Datuk Ibrahim Abdul Rahman said this does not include 38 applications for media cards and permanent passes from foreign news agencies with representatives in Malaysia.
“Japen is working with Wisma Putra (the Foreign Ministry) to vet the applications and for approval to be given to every foreign journalist.
“We have no problems with these applications as long as they do not bring their own agenda or interests, but if they break the laws of this country, they will face action, including being asked to leave the country,” he told reporters after the launch of the Communications and Multimedia Ministry’s “National Blue Ocean Strategy — Connecting the Unconnected” and the Pekan Kembara Jalinan Kasih programme yesterday.
He said local private media that want to provide coverage must have passes issued by the Election Com- mission (EC) to enter specific areas.
“But before they get the EC passes, they must have their media accreditation cards from Japen ,which is classified according to colours. This year, we (Japen) received 1,100 requests to renew and make new accreditation cards from the local media.
“I hope all media representatives wear their media accreditation and EC cards on their persons so that it is easy for EC and local authority staff to identify them.
“It makes the job easy for all parties including the media representatives themselves, so that nobody will masquerade as them,” he said. — Bernama