Authorities grant more air time to Tamil programs in Malaysia

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Acquiring more flexible approach towards audience of Indian origin, Malaysian authorities have allowed more air time to the Tamil programs on TV and Radio channels. This decision will facilitate 1.7 million ethnic Indians in Malaysia.

Malaysia’s information, communication, arts and culture ministry agreed to allocate more screening time for Tamil programmes on Radio Television Malaysia (RTM) from next year.

RTM is the state-run broadcaster that also operates TV1 and TV2 networks.

The plea for more time for Tamil programmes was pursued by the Malaysian Indian Congress (MIC), Tamil Nesan newspaper reported.

MIC Youth Information Chief S. Subramaniam met RTM’s broadcasting deputy director Nor Hayati Ismail in this regard. In this meeting, it was decided that at least three hours a day would be reserved for Tamil programs.

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