Sunday, September 14, 2008

Blogs To Read, The Role of Media

Marina Mahathir ~ Let Us Not Be Fooled
Marina wrote an entry on PAS MP Siti Mariah who lodged a report against Datuk Seri Khir Toyo. According to Siti Mariah, "This action by Khir, the blog and Utusan Malaysia is an obvious attempt to manipulate the sentiments of the Malay and Muslim people.”

Even Sisters in Islam and PAS called for the release of Teresa Kok, RPK and Tan (released in less than a day).

Bakaq ~ Melayu Memang Rajin Menolong
There is an interesting piece of Bakaq's letter to YB Teresa Kok and an email he received from a friend about the Malay unity and the politics of PAS - UMNO.

Bakaq ~ Teringin Sungguh Nak Percaya Syed Hamid!
Datuk Seri Syed Hamid Albar might be creating a confusion. Even Datuk Seri Dr Fong Chan Onn is questioning Syed Hamid about his words. Personally, I think Syed Hamid is a good Foreign Affairs Minister. He should have been retained as our Foreign Affairs Minister, instead of being made a Home Minister. Otherwise, incompatibility of personality and portfolio will create another round of "attention" like the one Datuk Seri Zainuddin Maidin received.

Bakaq ~ Zahid zalimi diri sendiri
Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi claimed that the ISA detainees "zalimi diri sendiri". Bakaq takes a shot at his words. Good one there !

A Piece of My Mind
After reading Marina's blog and YB Siti Mariah's words, it makes me wonder about the role of Malaysia's media. It is a universal fact that NST, Utusan, The Star, the Chinese newspapers and the Television networks are owned directly or indirectly by MCA, UMNO and Barisan Nasional through Huaren Holdings and Media Prima.

I am not sure about the Tamil newspapers so I wont comment there. What will happen to the role of journalism and media if one day Pakatan Rakyat takesover as Government?

The odds are heavily stacked against Pakatan Rakyat if it takes over one day. Thus, we might possibly see that when Pakatan Rakyat governs at the Federal level one day, (if and only if), then printing presses and publications licences could be be given to news portals and brokers like Suara Keadilan, Harakah, and I am suggesting even Malaysiakini.

That time, Barisan Nasional will make full use of its control of the media, if possible, and finally decide to enter "cyber politics". Now, the cyber world is filled with conflicting opinions and ideas to the Government, although some sees it as check and balance.

Malaysia is indeed interesting, right? Politicians are just great entertainers.

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