Pull a nail – for freedom of expression

Various media and civil right groups are inviting every citizen to pull out a nail from a large nail artwork at Selangor Chinese Asssembly Hall to protest the infamous Printing, Presses and Publications Act 1984 (PPPA).

The artwork, made with more than 1000 nails that form the words “Printing, Presses and Publication Act 1984”, is an extensive effort from the groups since last month’s 528 “Tak Mau Potong” event.

528 Media Action Group Coordinator and Writers Alliance of Media Independence (WAMI) representative Ng Yap Hwa said the event aims to raise concern among the public on the shrinking media freedom under PPPA 1984.

“By pulling out a nail, (it is a)public act to request the repeal of PPPA which is shrinking the country’s media sphere.

“This is also their demand for a greater freedom of expression from the ruling,”

The artist, Liew Teck Leong said he decided to use nails as his material to symbolise the grassroots society with low income.

“I use nails, hammer,pliers and others hardware materials. It cost me one week to complete it.”

The display is opened to the public from 9am to 7pm everyday until June 28.

The event is jointly-organised by 528 Media Action Group, WAMI, Civil Right Community of Selangor Chinese Assembly Hall and Centre of Independent Journalists (CIJ).