Malaysia’s media-State relations

Media Prima’s TV head Ahmad Farid Ridzuan reportedly has been seconded to the Prime Minister’s Department starting from January 1, 2011.

This is part and parcel of a political and ideological preparation on the part of the ruling coalition for a general election that has been increasingly expected to be held next year.

It also illustrates a symbiotic relationship between the mainstream media and the State in Malaysia, a situation that is reinforced by the fact that the media are owned by certain component parties of the ruling BN or their friends. 

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