Journalism of the (de)pressing type

Mainstream Berita Harian yesterday came up with an editorial that can only be interpreted as taking one step backwards in its social responsibility and journalistic standards.

It called for tough action by the authorities against whistleblowers, particularly the person(s) who leaked the Cabinet paper on the controversial Port Klang Free Zone (PKFZ) issue.

This call was made apparently in lieu of doing some investigative journalism into the alleged financial scandal that revolves around PKFZ for some time now.

The editorial obviously did not see the need to question the possible misuse of the Official Secrets Act in cases such as this one that involves huge amounts of taxpayers’ money.

Here’s an excerpt of that editorial:

PENYIARAN dan penyebaran Kertas Kabinet mengenai isu Zon Bebas Pelabuhan Klang (PKFZ) dalam satu laman web amat membimbangkan kerana dokumen 18 muka surat itu diklasifikasikan sebagai sulit mengikut Akta Rahsia Rasmi (OSA). Bagaimana dokumen bertarikh 22 Jun 2007 atas rujukan KK/BPKA/D5 (Y)540/1/1 dikatakan sebagai Memorandum Daripada Menteri Kewangan berhubung PKFZ boleh disebarkan tanpa rasa takut oleh pihak berkenaan termasuk pemilik web berkenaan. Justeru, siasatan polis pastinya menjurus kepada siapa yang mengeluarkan dokumen sulit kerajaan itu daripada failnya selain mereka yang menyiar dan menyebarkannya. Niat mereka yang terbabit membocor, menyiar dan menyebarkan dokumen ini juga mesti diperhalusi sedalam-dalamnya. Siapa dalang di belakang mereka? Apakah habuan yang mereka dapat? Semua pihak terbabit mesti dikenakan tindakan tegas dan keras. Ini sebagai membuktikan kerajaan serius menangani ketidakjujuran kakitangan atau pegawai perkhidmatan awam ataupun individu yang sanggup membocorkan maklumat rahsia kerajaan atas pelbagai dorongan serta kepentingan. Jentera perkhidmatan awam yang terikat dengan ikrar menyimpan rahsia sepatutnya bersikap ‘biar pecah di perut asalkan jangan pecah di mulut’. Pepatah ini turut membawa maksud, menyimpan rahsia kerajaan adalah keutamaan yang perlu dijunjung sepanjang masa oleh setiap anggota perkhidmatan awam termasuk apabila bersara. Jika dokumen sulit kerajaan seperti itu boleh tersebar mudah, dibimbangi pihak tidak bertanggungjawab ini juga sanggup menjual rahsia sulit kerajaan yang lain. Jadi, perkara ini tidak wajar dianggap remeh dan mudah. Tindakan paling tegas perlu diambil terhadap individu atau mereka yang membocorkan rahsia kerajaan itu termasuk pemilik laman web itu.

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5 Responses to “Journalism of the (de)pressing type”


  1. 1 Eric 26 September 2009 at 3:40 pm

    Malaysian way. Shoot the messenger if you do not agree with the message and above all never ever question yourself.
    The BN will soon be caught in its own spider web as their abuse is ever more glaring.

  2. 2 julian 27 September 2009 at 10:36 am

    the carpet is too small to even try to sweep anything under it anymore——- someone’s head must be hitting the ceiling and must be restrained by his bodyguards?????—– no c4 to be used anymore i hope lol
    good work mate a nice article

  3. 3 Antares 27 September 2009 at 10:46 am

    Bi-polarity, schizophrenia, hypocrisy, doublethink & doublespeak all stem from the systematic use of guilt and fear on tender young minds as a means of implanting unquestioning awe of Awe-thority – particularly External Authority as Patriarchal Deity or Father Figure, manifesting as the Ruler or His Majesty’s Government. So we have benighted so-called Christians or Muslims clamoring for the banning of harmless entertainment events that feature manufactured sex symbols… whilst their own political and spiritual leaders get caught up in endless scandal and secretly support a multi-billion-dollar porn industry. Meanwhile, corruption of the first magnitude and gross abuse of power are tolerated and even defended, since Father Knows Best and is Never Wrong – just like the Aloof and Uncommunicative Male Deity we were programmed to worship as kids!

  4. 4 shafik 27 September 2009 at 10:51 am

    sad sad sad and pathetic journalism

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