Who’s who in Malaysian politics?

Within a span of two days Malaysians have been given an impression that there’s something really amiss in the world of Malaysian journalism.

Today, The Malaysian Insider reported about a RTM reporter who was, and still is, not well acquainted with Malaysian politics. This rookie was sent to cover a politically important event on Feb. 6 this year, i.e. a press conference held by DAP politician Karpal Singh, who is now accused of having committed sedition.

General knowledge, it seems, is not within the grasp of certain members of the journalistic fraternity. Hopefully this revelation does not cause ‘ultra vires’, or rather insult, to this group of professionals.

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8 Responses to “Who’s who in Malaysian politics?”


  1. 1 telur dua 15 August 2009 at 6:32 am

    This is a result of Malaysia’s @#$% up education system. Lack of reading compounds the problem.

    It is not confined to these reporters. The younger generation is just as hopeless. Their general knowledge is equally bad.

  2. 2 FenceSitter 15 August 2009 at 8:08 am

    RTM reporter doesnt know which party Karpal Singh is. So? Must she know? Because he is famous? Do you know who and which party does Datuk Jacob Dungau Sagan belong to? No? These politicking, opportunistic stance taken by both the bn and pkr supporters and politician alike is sickening. The politicking must stop after elections. All parties must work together for the betterment of the
    rakyat. How about a big rally by politically-neutral citizens and the silent majority to protest against the ruling and opposition parties to stop all these now.

  3. 3 mactoksei 15 August 2009 at 8:22 am

    fencesitter, any takers to your suggestion?

  4. 4 Bentoh 15 August 2009 at 11:41 am

    Hi Fencesitter,

    I’ll at least go and google… and tell you he’s from SPDP, a component party of BN, and current deputy minister for MITI. 🙂

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jacob_Dungau_Sagan

    and I’m just a random blogger and reader. I’m no journalist… but I think I would have google “Karpal Singh” (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Karpal_Singh), to know a little bit more about who he is, before covering his press conference, and before taking a stand as a witness in the court… 🙂

    I don’t see how if I’m as a reader can do it, a journalist can’t do it… 😉

  5. 5 jungleboy 15 August 2009 at 12:23 pm

    I can never be a reporter because I dont know who najib razak is.

  6. 6 Pegasus 15 August 2009 at 1:50 pm

    Fence sitter are you from Mongolia? The political situation in this country has gone down the drain over the years.. especially with BN way of ruling. Political awareness is certainly great and at a high point in Malaysia now, though it can get better in Sabah & Sarawak. For the reporter, not knowing which party Karpal Singh is from, reflects the ignorance and naivety towards her job and the general knowledge she has. KS is political icon in this country and in the news for more then 30 years.. These are like basic things which a reporter should know when covering the event. This sadly is the standard of Journalists we have now, no thanks to the Malaysian education system.

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  8. 8 Molly 16 August 2009 at 8:40 am

    If the journalism fraternity want themselves to be considered as professionals, their organisation(s) should come up with some basic minimum standards of knowledge for would-be journalists before they are let loose especially in the msm. Their current levels of knowledge is really shameful and the msm are allowing such information to be disseminated to the public!


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