Archive for December, 2009

Antares hospitalised

I just got to know about Antares’ Malaria infection via Zorro’s blog.

I pray for his speedy recovery.

Antares is known for his deep concern for social justice, human rights and last but not least, the environment.

Merry Christmas

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Wishing Merry Christmas to friends of the Christian faith.

Has anyone found our jet engine yet?

Apparently not.

But not to despair. Armed Forces chief Azizan Ariffin assured Malaysians that Royal Malaysian Air Force (RMAF) operations would not be affected by the mere loss of one F-5E jet engine.

“The missing jet engine does not affect RMAF operations because we have more than 16 F-5E jets and only seven are used for tactical missions,” he told reporters after the annual parade and prize giving at the Royal Military College here today.

Remember Yong

A 21-year-old Malaysian, Yong Vui Kong, has been sentenced to death by Singapore’s High Court for trafficking 47 grammes of heroin. Yong, who was 19 years old at the time of offence, is now facing impending execution.

The Singapore Anti Death Penalty Campaign (SADPC) has launched a petition to seek clemency for Yong from the President of Singapore and the entire Singapore cabinet.

Those who are interested to sign the online petition, and also to get a little background to Yong’s case, may visit the website concerned here.

Salam Ma’al Hijrah

Wishing friends and fellow Muslims Salam Ma’al Hijrah 1431 H.

A sign of the times

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You’d be easily alerted to the fact that you are nearing Ipoh by the giant sign that says ‘IPOH’.

And while you’re at it, you should also be alerted to the fact that each of the alphabets in ‘IPOH’ costs RM100,000 — and there are two of those huge signs welcoming visitors to the city.

So go figure. For full story, see here.

Stop that racist reporting, says Nazri

Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Nazri Aziz (who’s also an UMNO Supreme Council member) reportedly castigated UMNO-owned Utusan Malaysia for the kind of questionable reporting that the daily practises especially of late.

Accusing the mainstream newspaper of promoting an ‘outdated racist agenda’, Nazri called on the daily to accept the social reality of a Malaysia that is multiethnic.

It would be interesting to see how people who are purportedly concerned with journalism ethics and ethnic harmony in the country react to this recent ministerial outburst.

Love don’t cost a thing

A minister allegedly gave his wife a costly car as a birthday present.

The car, so goes the allegation, was sponsored by a company that gained tenders for the ministry’s projects.

Both the minister and wife denied any wrongdoing, claiming that the car was theirs.

This allegation in some ways reminds one of Jennifer Lopez’s old hit.

‘Unethical’ bloggers, take note

At the presentation of the 2009 ExxonMobil Journalism Awards, Home Minister Hishammuddin Hussein drew a line between some bloggers and local journalists.

The former, he emphasised, do not adhere to the rules and ethics of journalism while the latter do.

In other words, bloggers as a whole should hold local journalists up as a paragon of virtue.

But such ministerial exhortation somehow doesn’t seem to sit well with the kind of mischievous and unethical reporting and writing that certain mainstream newspapers and their journalists have of late been dishing out to the Malaysian readers.

This is particularly so when it comes to the issue of ‘race’ and religion to the extent that all forms of journalism ethics are thrown out the window.

Isn’t one of the principles of journalism ethics a journalist’s commitment to the pursuit of truth and justice?

See here and here for full story.

UMNO honours ‘outstanding Malaysian journalists’

UMNO, for the first time, awarded Malaysian journalists who, from its perspective, had produced the best news articles, best picture and best video.

At the ‘Umno Media Appreciation Night’, party president Najib Razak reminded journalists of the importance of them having ‘responsibility, empathy and concern towards every news item, issue and idea they produced’.

Such performance from ‘the best’ in the industry should be an inspiration to the rest of the members of the journalistic fraternity in Malaysia.

See here for full story and identities of the outstanding media practitioners.

December 2009

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