DAP denies violation of publication permit

By Adib Zalkapli, The Malaysian Insider

KUALA LUMPUR, July 20 — The DAP today denied that it was late in applying for the renewal of the permit of its publication The Rocket.

Its publicity chief Tony Pua said the application was submitted in July last year, when it received the permit to publish the Malay edition of the monthly newsletter.

“We have submitted all the eight copies of each issue, only for some editions we were late, so we were asked to write in and explain,” Pua (picture) told The Malaysian Insider.

Yesterday, Home Ministry deputy secretary-general Datuk Abdul Rahim Mohd met Pua and DAP organising secretary Teresa Kok over some alleged violations of The Rocket’s printing permit.

Pua said the ministry also asked for an explanation over the wrong permit number.

“We printed the permit number wrongly for the April 2009 issue, we have explained the mistake,” said Pua.

“We have resolved all the issues but they insisted on a written reply, so we will give a formal explanation,” he added.

The publication was issued with a show-cause letter last week over its continued publication despite the expiry of its permit since last year.

It is understood that the permit for the Chinese and Malay-language editions of The Rocket expired some time in September and November last year while the permit for the English edition expired last month.

On whether The Rocket would continue to be published next month, Pua said the party would wait for the ministry’s response to its reply.