Friday, July 31, 2015
ASSALAMUALAIKUM! WADUH! Satu minggu yang penuh drama. Pengguguran TS Muhyiddin Yassin dari jemaah menteri menjadi topik perbualan hangat di mana2 saja. Keputusan kerajaan untuk menamatkan khidmat Attorney General TS Gani Patail juga menjadi tajuk bualan yang besar dan panas. Sehari selepas pengguguran Muhyiddin, PM DS Najib Razak melantik DS Zahid Hamidi sebagai timbalan perdana menteri yang baru. Bagi wartawan, banyak betul bahan berita muka depan. Bagi orang2 politik, keputusan ini menghasilkan kejutan besar yang masih lagi diperkatakan di mana saja. Dalam sidang akhbarnya, Najib berkata keputusan itu dibuat dengan rasa sedih. Namun, realiti politik memaksa MP Pekan itu berbuat demikian. Bagi Muhyidin pula, MP Pagoh itu kekal sebagai Timbalan Presiden Umno. Ini tidak pernah berlaku dalam parti Umno dan dalam negara. Biasanya timbalan presiden dilantik menjadi Timbalan Perdana Menteri. Dalam keadaan sekarang, Naib presiden Zahid yang memegang jawatan TPM. Situasi ini belum pernah wujud dalam parti dan dalam negara. Kita cuba lihat apa lagi yang akan berlalu dalam politik tanahair seminggu dua ni. Saya pasti sepak terajang politik tidak berakhir dengan rombakan kabinet ini. Tungguu....
Monday, July 27, 2015
ASSALAMUALAIKUM and Salam sejahtera! I got a lot of questions asking about the suspension of the Edge. Many friends in the media industry talk extensively about the suspension too. Suspending a publication will always invite scrutiny. Sometimes, it's not a question of right or wrong. Rather, it is a question of whose judging, depending on which side of the divide are you. Then again, the timing of the suspension is also subject to discussions. Why now? Why not earlier? Will there be any more suspension? Will it stop at suspension? Those who practise the trade also have their views. There are those who believe that the Edge has down what a newspaper is tasked to do - to inform, educate, entertain. In some instances, also to expose. Every newspaper in the country, has, at some time or other, exposed wrongdoings, shortcomings and a host of other misdemeanours. Be they from the establishment or elsewhere. There are also media practitioners who may look at the Edge with suspicion. They may feel that such expose by the Edge may be too much and may even affect national security etc. Like I said, it's not a question of who's right or wrong. It's a question of who's judging. Then again, by the norms of traditional journalism, the Edge could very well have done what they feel to be correct and expected. The newspaper made some very strong allegations. And they are prepared to stick to their belief. I reckon suspending the Edge would not stop the group from publishing more stories online. All newspapers have their online versions. All newspapers have difficulty in monetising their online versions. I suspect, the Edge may capitalise on the suspension of its print version to further strengthen its online version editorially and revenue wise. I really don't know but I won't discount that possibility. Three months suspension would give the online Edge a boost, I think.
Saturday, July 25, 2015
Assalamualaikum. I read the news that a weekly financially daily, The Edge, has been suspended. This came in the wake of several revelations made by the weekly pertaining to issues concerning the controversial 1MDB. The suspension is to last three months effective immediately. The publisher and editor of the weekly said the newspaper stand by their revelations,come what may. This is not the first time the Government has suspended a newspaper. Many years ago, the 1980s, the Govt had also suspended the Star newspaper. It lasted three months. After suspension, the Star resumed publication and has risen in influence and circulation, not to mention profitability. Many people expect the Edge would benefit from the suspension too. We'll wait and see. In the media industry, a news organisation usually gain ground after having acquired a certain degree of notoriety. Time will tell though..
Thursday, July 23, 2015
Assalamualaikum dan salam sejahtera. Saya cuba kembali menghiduplkan blog ini. Udah beberapa kali mencuba tetapi sudah lupa log in name dan password. Alhamdulillah, hari ini saya bernasib baik dan dapat masuk blog. Lanskap dunia blogging sudah menjadi lebih besar dengan pelbagai betuk dan ragam. Teknologi membolehkan ini semua menjadi atau "possible." Saya akan cuba tulis satu posting malam ini, insyaaAllah.