When ‘technical matter’ becomes taboo?

As we come closer to the polling day in Bagan Pinang, certain things have apparently become ‘sensitive’ issues. Well, at least to the people whose political past has come under close public scrutiny.

It appears that at least two Chinese newspapers had been told not to make any mention in their reporting of the fact that BN candidate Isa Samad was once suspended by Umno.

If this is true, then we’re witnessing a head-in-the-sand order still happening in an era of Internet communication and when civil society is clamouring for freedom of information.

Malaysiakini reports:

At least two Chinese-language dailies have been ordered not to report on Isa Samad’s suspension from Umno, after he was found guilty of buying votes during the party polls in 2004.

Malaysiakini learnt that the Home Ministry issued the instruction verbally, but was unable to verify this.

However, a source in a Chinese daily said the ban prevents any mention of Isa’s suspension in either news reports or commentaries.

“The reason given was that the suspension is a widely known old fact and that Isa has already been punished. As such, it would be best to let the voters to decide for themselves,” said the source.


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