Showdown at the OTK corral

By Reina THE commentary in yesterday’s Sunday Star probably wanted to make MCA President Datuk Seri Ong Tee Keat look like John Wayne trying to clean up vermin-infested Dodge City and that he (OTK) has been as misunderstood as James Dean. Problem is OTK does not emerge looking like a hero. All it looks like … Continue reading

The heads and tails of the matter

by Eyes Wide Open One of the earliest to break the cow’s head protest story was the Malaysian Insider. Their report was complete with photos, motives and names of the protest leaders. It also did not cringe from some pretty grisly shots of the cows head. However the MSM only saw fit to present the … Continue reading

PDRM g-hooved again

By Sharifuddin A. Latiff Two news reports come to mind with regard to the Shah Alam incident. Firstly, Mkini‘s “Cops say sorry, promise prompt action“. Excerpts: The police have apologised for not taking prompt action during the ‘cow head’ protest that took place in Shah Alam yesterday, said Selangor exco member Dr Xavier Jeyakumar. He … Continue reading

Teoh Beng Hock: Perspectives On Inquests

Malik Imtiaz Sarwar is a leading Malaysian human rights lawyer and activist and the current president of the National Human Rights Society (HAKAM). Through HAKAM and a coalition of NGOs callled Article 11 (after the constitutional guarantee of freedom of religion) of which HAKAM is a member, he has been actively involved in efforts to … Continue reading

What would Gandhi do?

by Eyes Wide Open In light of yesterday’s protest at Shah Alam, I suppose many people would have very strong views about what happened. The MSM may downplay the incident (like the NST) or completely ignore it altogether (like the Star), but in this age of internet and instant messaging the news has already spread … Continue reading

From maturity to maturity

By Reina NEWS of a group of Malay-Muslim protesters threatening bloodshed unless the Selangor government stopped the construction of a Hindu temple in Shah Alam spread like wildfire over the Internet (See MalaysiaKini and Malaysian Insider for full report.) Responses over the issue rushed in just as fast with almost all the commentators in these … Continue reading

It’s not the candidate, stupid!

by Reina The mainstream English media’s singing the same song, namely from The Star and the New Straits Times. And the song is called “It’s the candidate, stupid!”. Was there ever a chance that the electorate might have believed that Rohaizat Othman, whose details of disbarment from the Malaysian Bar and claims that he had … Continue reading

Adoi…who to believe, hah?

by Eyes Wide Open Same event, vastly different story! The Star has it that: He (Chua Soi Lek) told a press conference that he had received a copy of the disciplinary board’s recommendation. “As a loyal party man, I have to abide by the decision of the disciplinary board and the presidential council,” he said. … Continue reading

“MACC man contradicts own ‘proof’ of corruption”

By Eyes Wide Open That should have been the headline in the Star’s story today in page N10 on the TBH death inquest. But then, this is Malaysiam MSM, so… “ROW IN THE TOILET” screams the headline in the Star. “MACC man claims Teoh had an argument with Kajang councillor” proclaimed the sub-header breathlessly. Putrid … Continue reading

Malaysian government brings in PR firm, will need all the help it can get

(It’s no secret that APCO Worldwide had been appointed by the Najib Administration to upgrade its image and lobby for international acceptance – particularly by the US. But is PR enough to solve Malaysia’s problems? This is an interesting take by an independent observer. Ben Bland is a freelance journalist based in Singapore, reporting for … Continue reading