Sarawakians are being urged to report Radio Free Sarawak (RFS) - which has been highly critical of the state government - to the police, home ministry or the Malaysian Communication and Multimedia Commission (MCMC) to enable an investigation to be carried out. Said State Information, Communication and Culture Deputy Minister Joseph Salang: “If in the course of investigation it is proven that the radio broadcast content contravenes the Communications and Multimedia Act 1998, MCMC can block its broadcast. So far there has been no report lodged. We urge the people to report RFS to the police, home ministry or MCMC.”
Mr Salang, who refuses to believe that RFS is operating from London, described the station as operating illegally from Malacca. “The station is illegal. MCMC has not issued any licence. I have been told that the rogue RFS operated from Malacca and not from London. That is what I have been told,” he told reporters in Sibu on Friday.
A few days ago London-based Evening Standard revealed the people behind the RFS. RFS is being operated by former British prime minister Gordon Brown’s sister in-law Clare Rewcastle Brown and a native Iban-speaking Dayak Peter John Jaban. The station, which was launched last November, is reportedly operating from London.