More airtime for Tamil programmes on Malaysian radio, TV

Kuala Lumpur : Tamil programmes will get more airtime on Malaysian radio and TV, authorities have decided.

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.

He said that it was agreed at the meeting that at least three hours a day would be reserved for Tamil programmes.

Tamils form the bulk of the 1.7 million ethnic Indians in Malaysia.

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