I am not so naïve to believe that there is absolute press freedom, more so in a multiracial country, where restrain by the press is essential to maintain harmony.
Off late, I have received a lot of comments by people that a leading English newspaper has been giving a lot of space including picture opportunity to some leaders of MCA.
There are days when a particular leader occupies 2 to 3 pages of the newspaper.
Comments made by this particular leader are almost the same, which is “always very sensitive about the needs of the rakyat”. This is good if it is true and not just a political rhetoric.
A lot of people also commented that there is total blackout about me in the same newspaper. My reply was I am not surprised.
I have been travelling and officiating a number of functions and make pertinent comments about current events. To be fair, so far the Chinese press carried my news; but there is none in this particular newspaper.
To the English speaking MCA members, I am probably sleeping since they don’t read about me at all for the last 1½ month.
However, I told them if there is any adverse publicity about me, be sure it will be headline in this particular paper.
Papers have to be reliable and credible. The readers are discerning to fathom this. Only the editorials have loss touch with the people. Yet, these same paper editorials tell politicians not to loss touch with the rakyat.
This same newspaper in its leading comment about Najib adopt people first leadership style – said, “Leaders would always want to hear only good news but they could come from people with personal interest”.
Newspaper should present 2 sides to a coin.
If it only serves to trumpet a selected few and taking readers for granted, then the newspaper must be in denial.
Meanwhile, more and more readers are aware of the happenings in the editorial staffs of this particular newspaper. Good luck to them.