As the MCA acquisition of the Nanyang Press Holdings Bhd, the two Chinese dailies in its stable of holdings, Nanyang Siang Pau and China Press, will be placed under double jeopardy: firstly, political interference by the MCA and secondly, interference by UMNO and UMNO proxies, the MCA rank-and-file should demonstrate that they are more sensitive and responsive to the overwhelming objections and criticisms of the Chinese community to any MCA takeover of the two Chinese newspapers.
The MCA rank-and-file should demand suspension of all MCA negotiations through Huaren Holdings Bhd or Star Publications (M) Bhd. for the acquisition of Nanyang Press Holdings until the Chinese community is satisfied that the legitimate rights and interests of the Chinese community and the nation would not be sacrificed or compromised to the factional interests of the present MCA President in such a takeover.
At minimum, there should be a four-point iron-clad guarantee that:
These four points should be entrenched in a Charter of Press Freedom for Nanyang Siang Pao and China Press which should be executed by the MCA whether through Huaren or Star Publications, and there should be a mechanism for the establishment of a panel of independent and eminent Malaysians to monitor and implement the guarantees of the Charter of Press Freedom.