News reports state that only thirteen media companies have been invited to the Perak Assembly sitting to be held on May 7, 2009. The sitting of the Malaysian state assembly of Perak is highly anticipated because of the current political climate in the state, which began when the ruling coalition, the National Front (”Barisan Nasional” or “BN”), took control of the state legislature earlier in the year. This controversy extended from politicians all the way to royalty.
According to news reports, a media notice was sent out by the state Information Department to several media companies recently, informing them of ‘tightened security measures’. It listed out the thirteen media invitees, which included no new media organizations, no bloggers and no foreign press.
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