Thursday, 28 June 2007

I Smell A Fish...



Ok, maybe I'm being paranoid...

But I just got back from class and read part of today's paper...

And I saw this headline: Pak Lah Thanks Media, on Page 4...



Photo from The Star


Forgive me, but I think there is something wrong, or rather sinister...

When I first saw the headline, I thought it was merely that: Pak Lah thanking the media, but as I read further and further, my cynical-juices are asking questions...

Why does it sound as if it was a ahem, gentle reminder to the press to cooperate with the government...Or else...?


Snippets of the article (quoted from Pak Lah):


"...media had been conscientious when reporting racially and religiously sensitive issues because it had an understanding with the Government on the greater need to protect the peace and stability the people enjoyed."...


"...complementary role was vital, added that the media had helped create a stable environment, boost patriotism and forge unity in the country especially during crises and problems."...


"...Government sought the media’s assistance in issues that might spark off racial and religious discord among the people."...


"Editors-in-chief and media owners decide what to play up or leave out. Perhaps they need to have a ‘internal’ guideline, a reminder to themselves, on what to highlight, spike or blow up"...


Oh-hoho!!!


"Sometimes, the media has anxiety in deciding what it should do but I believe they wonder how the Government, or specifically Pak Lah or the Internal Security Ministry, would react (to a news item)."...


"He also reminded the media that there were laws that governed them."...


Whether we use them depends on the situation. Even if we don’t use them, we leave it there. When we discipline our children we don’t throw away the cane even if we don’t use it but hang it up as a reminder to them,” Abdullah said..."...


Ah-ha!!!

For full report, click here


Am I being paranoid, or does this all sound like censorship?

Doesn't it?


And am I the only person, or does it seem very 'funny' that the 2007 Mass Media Conference is organised by the Internal Security Ministry, of which Pak Lah, as PM, is the Internal Security Minister?



I smell a fish...

Salmon anyone?



Update: MarinaM, I just found out while blog-hopping, has her take here...


13 comments:

Jo-D said...

Thanks for the lead. Going to read it now.

MarinaM said...

It's not a fish, Daph, it's a rat. A very big dead one.

sankochan said...

I never did trust media, newspaper, what pehper... Haiya...

Most interested in Altantuya case nya. But than the papers also one sided...

Anonymous said...

actually it's a fart smell, and the ass is right in front of our eyes.

Too bad we cannot kick it.aiyaa.

Tiara said...

That's funny; he didn't seem to mind 5 BRATs asking him all sorts of questions, even controversial ones (like what's up with this racial quota thing, won't it ever go away). Heck, when I asked Ju Eng whether it was fine to ask anything, she told us to go ahead - no need to worry about ISA or whatever.

sigh!!

PrincessJournals said...

whc ever country ur in, the gov wil always have some sort of 'hold' on them, not just in msia. sad but true.

zewt said...

certainly fishy....

oh... did i see MarinaM's comments there?

Daphne Ling said...

Hey Jo-D,
Finished reading yet ;)?

Hi Aunty MarinaM,
Woh, I never thought of the rat at all, and dead...

Hey SankoChan,
Dont trust paper, but still read everyday Altantuya's case?!? Hmmm...

Daphne Ling said...

Hey Tiara,
Ever heard the line 'New brooms sweep clean'...and nice? I'm personally more worried (call me cynical) if people are always super-nice...I'd rather deal with someone who gets angry once in a while, and who would openly voiced his/her disagreements...At least you know where you stand...Although, for the record, I'm not against Pak Lah or the government =) I just feel something is wrong with some happenings...

Daphne Ling said...

Hey Princess Journals,
True, every country has some form of censorship...I guess the term 'freedom of speech' needs to get a new meaning in the dictionaries ;)...

Daphne Ling said...

Hey Zewt,
You smell a fishy too?!? Haha!...And yes, that is MarinaM you see...Click on the profile mah you'll know lor ;)

zorro said...

Daph, whatever way Pak Lah or his spinners say it, between the lines it means: WATCH YOUR STEP, ESPECIALLY YOU BLOGGERS.But we ain't afraid, are we?

Daphne Ling said...

Hey Uncle Zorro,
I don't see why we should be afraid...We're not out to bring down the government or cite controversial issues taht would threaten anypne...As citizens of Malaysia, I think we have a right to ask questions and get answers, when we think things are abit weird/wrong/crazy etc...After all, we DO vote them into parliament, we DO pay taxes, and we DO contribute to the productivity of the nation...