Saturday, March 20, 2010

'Why China Press punished, not Utusan?'

'The oft-repeated double standards and arrogance exhibited by the Umno regime in dealing with non-Umno parties is demonstrated here again.'

2-week suspension for China Press top editor

Lim Chong Leong: What is so inaccurate about the report that the inspector-general of police had tendered his resignation. He probably did, and that is why the need for an early reshuffle.

The whole issue is that China Press got the news early before Hishammuddin Hussein made his announcement and that upset him. The Home Ministry does not care about China Press. When the truth is reported, journalists often get punished. See what happened to the Ahmad Ismail episode?

Doc: I don't see why the editor-in-chief Teoh Yong Khoon needs to be suspended. Firstly, his newspaper reported fairly accurate news on the IGP's resignation/termination. Only in Malaysia can the media be penalised for printing accurate news.

Then again what about those seditious and false articles which has be spun from Utusan Malaysia? Not even a slap on the wrist was afforded for their editors for the rubbish that they produced.

Let's face it, the suspension of the editor by the management of China Press is a 'face saving' measure so that the home minister does not look like a bungling imbecile.

Not confused: What really is the problem with this incompetent and racist government? The story was true for heaven's sake - the press just got wind of it and spoiled the "dramatic" announcement planned by Hishammuddin.

Of course, China Press had to take some disciplinary action, or face the possibility of the home minister revoking their licence. This whole incident is an exercise in stupidity of the highest order. The only positive outcome is that the BN have just lost another batch of voters at the next GE (general election).

Ric: Hishammuddin is the one who should apologise and suspended. Anyway, I'm glad he acted the way he did. It will definitely help to swing more Chinese votes towards Pakatan Rakyat.

Kementerian Luar Negeri: As an Umno loyalist, I totally disagree with the suspension of editor-in-chief of China Press. He did not commit any crime. He was just reporting something which is true before the KDN (Home Ministry) made its announcement. Next time, KDN should be a step ahead than the media.

Alexander Yuan: This is a joke. If Teoh gets suspended two weeks for publishing an 'inaccurate report', what about those racist columnists of Berita Harian and Utusan Malaysia (aka Awang Selamat and Ridhuan Tee Abdullah)?

What they 'publish' almost every single day is 100 times worse than this. Why no action against them? Are you doing your job, Home Minister, or you just 'close one eye' when it comes to Utusan and Berita Harian?

Jbss: The oft-repeated double standards and arrogance exhibited by the Umno regime in dealing with non-Umno parties is demonstrated here again. This a classic example of the regime's bullying tactics against a non-Umno media publisher just to save Hishammuddin face.

RR: If the BN government is really fair and sincere on the IGP issue, then it should advise Utusan and Berita Harian to take similar action on the writers for writing sensitive issues affecting the non-Malays on many occasions. What is wrong for one should be wrong for the others as well.

Geronimo: To China Press - if you feel intimidated by Umno, it's better you close shop. To all those who support freedom of the press, boycott the newspaper. This is truly a blatant act of double standard where Utusan is having a free rein on publishing seditious comments and not have to "pay" for it.

Nil: China Press' explanation has been accepted and no action will be taken... so why the need for the suspension as demanded by the Home Ministry? I just hope there will be a promotion after the suspension.

Cala: What is the message from China Press' miss-step? We now have two sets of law. The lenient one is for the ruling elites and their cohorts, while the harsh one is meant for the rest of us as we are deemed less cooperative in many ways, and given a chance, bent to teach the executive a lesson or two on what is right and what is wrong. This is rule by men.

Gk: This news comes as no surprise to me at all. Everything can be arranged behind closed door to save somebody's face. Editor Teoh is just a sacrificial lamb for this face-saving exercise. With their kind of 'tuan' mentality, it is not difficult to imagine what had actually happened.

I think we are used to these 'face saving' measures. Their faces are more precious than their dignities. They like to 'look good' but in actual fact, how good are they? GE13 will have the answer, rakyat are not fools.

Amaso: China Press, maybe the management should consider selling a controlling stake to BN component parties, then you will be safe like Utusan Malaysia.


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