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Rais wants private TV and radio stations to make changes

JELEBU: Information, Communication and Culture Minister Datuk Seri Dr Rais Yatim has urged private television (TV) and radio stations to change by putting national interest above commercial value.

He would be meeting the management of private TV and radio stations soon to bring about changes as they had failed to deliver the government's aspirations resulting in Barisan Nasional's (BN) poor performance at the general election last year.

"People will not blame the private TV and radio stations if they had complied with the Communication and Multimedia Act 1998.

"This will not arise if the Act is followed. There are stations that do not carry messages good for nation building," he told reporters after a cultural function at Simpang Pertang near here today (19 April).

Rais however did not totally blame the media as they had been very helpful to BN over the years.

He stressed that the changes to be made by the private TV and radio stations would not affect them commercially.

"I will be looking at the role of television and radio stations in nation building. There are 34 radio stations under the government."

Rais said the ministry would find new ways to deliver the government aspirations to the people.

"We will look at utilising mobile phones by using SMS messages to help in nation building," he said.

Asked about the decision to return the Bahasa Malaysia news on RTM1 to its 8pm primetime slot, Rais said it has to be done as lots of complaints were received after it was shifted to 9 p.m.

"Going against what the public wants is not good for a government TV station," he added. (Bernama)

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