Silence can be deafening too


It is often said that what is reported and the way an incident or issue is reported tell a lot about the political preference or ideological bent of a newspaper.

But it also matters a lot what is left out or, to use the language of the digitial age, deleted by the newspaper concerned.

Well-known lawyer and former UMNO member Zaid Ibrahim publicly made a strong remark yesterday at a weekly luncheon meeting of the Kuala Lumpur Rotary Club about premier-in-waiting Najib Razak that could be interpreted as something ‘newsworthy’ because it has elements of public significance and national importance.

And yet, mainstream dailies, in particular the New Straits Times and The Star, or at least their online versions, chose not to carry the statement of this public figure for reasons best known to themselves.

At the very least, Najib should be given an equal opportunity to respond to such a strong statement via the mainstream media after Zaid’s utterance had been made and duly reported.

On the other hand, websites such as Malaysiakini, The Malaysian Insider and The Nut Graph carried a report of Zaid’s statement, if not his entire speech.

Or could it be that the two mainstream newspapers are indeed trying to indicate something important to us the readers? That, for instance, the news websites concerned do not have a good sense of news or, worse, are socially and politically irresponsible?


10 Responses to “Silence can be deafening too”

  1. 1 Ganesan 19 March 2009 at 10:43 am

    Something is seriously wrong with our main stream Media for not reporting such a clarion call by Dato Zaid asking the King not to appoint Najib as PM. Such serious accusation being not reported is akin to supressing of facts. People will lose faith in the Newspapers and country will be worst off.

  2. 2 zorro 19 March 2009 at 1:16 pm

    Spot on Mus!….and has the Sun set?

  3. 4 shong 19 March 2009 at 1:55 pm

    their tactic “no eyes see, no ears hear, no mouth talks.”
    then everything will be fine and the najib is as good as the rose smell.

  4. 5 Samuel Goh Kim Eng 19 March 2009 at 2:37 pm


    In the game of spectator sport
    We can only see but can’t court
    Lest we are fret with naught
    Knowing crooks can’t be caught

    (C) Samuel Goh Kim Eng – 190309
    Thur. 19th Mar. 2009.

  5. 6 sloone 19 March 2009 at 4:07 pm

    This is a good observation Mus. But the idea is not to let the non-internet savvy people read and you know where they are situated. Very bad this MSM, it amounts to ‘lying’. The same as ‘withholding’ information or truths.


  6. 8 Antares 19 March 2009 at 5:26 pm

    The only reason anybody would back Najib’s PMship is MONEY – or the promise of getting “insider” contracts once he has consolidated his power base within Umno. It couldn’t POSSIBLY be on account of the man’s charm – or abysmal lack of it!

  7. 9 ahans 19 March 2009 at 6:06 pm

    I’ve read somewhere before similar to this. I guess its Pierre Macherey’s theory of literary production which talks about how to unfold the political or ideological preference in a text.

    “Silences shape all speech.” (Macherey, 1978:85)

    Macherey, P. 1978. A Theory of Literary Production. London: Routledge & Keegan Paul.

  8. 10 Dalbinder Singh 19 March 2009 at 6:33 pm

    this is what i can say about Malaysian Politics, dirty politics. it is clean but made dirty by human beings.

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