Tuesday 18 June 2013

Of journalists said to be BN lap dogs

I was told by a journalist friend that on the night of May 5th, a group of his colleagues had gathered in front of a TV screen at their newsroom as the GE13 results were announced one after another.

There were cries of joy whenever it was made known that a Pakatan candidate had won in his/her constituency.

The optimistic mood was quite apparent as initially it appeared that Pakatan was in the lead. That was until it became clear that BN had won the election.

My friend's colleagues who gathered to celebrate a possible Pakatan's victory that night range from junior reporters to senior editors.

No, my friend and his colleagues are not journalists of the backstabbing covertly pro-Pakatan the Star.

They are actually journalists of the New Straits Times which has always been touted by the Pakatan people as an Umno's lap-dog newspaper.

My friend who is a hardcore BN supporter said he was very upset by the behavior of his colleagues that night.

"But there is nothing much I can do about it. These people cari makan working for this newspaper but support those who are running down us all," he said.

"Can you imagine journalists working for the pro-Pakatan Malaysiakini and Malaysian Insider being supporters of BN?" he asked, adding that his pro-Pakatan colleagues had even raised through the rank in NST despite their political affiliation to become heads of editorial departments and senior writers.

I was honestly skeptical when my friend told me about all these several days ago. It can't be that bad, I thought.

But what happened at NST yesterday sorts of confirmed what my friend told me about his colleagues. You can read it here,

Exodus, NST as Insider recruits

It was learnt that the entire team of NST's crime and court desk journalists led by Lionel Morais resigned en-bloc, handing their 24 hour notice yesterday. The only exception was a senior journalist who refused to go with them.

Malaysian Insider must had paid quite a lot of money to cover the costs of the journalists' defection.

Nonetheless, it was as what Rocky wrote - a big blow to NST.

The thing is, the NST bosses should actually know what was coming their way.

These are previous postings by Rocky on Lionel who used to be his protege in Malay Mail many years ago,

Khazanah: We didn't appoint Fox

After Hindraf, NST gets new Chief News Editor

Motherfuckers in the newsroom


  1. I've heard that a number of news portals are poaching staff at the moment - maybe an opportunity for a talented writer like you? Regarding your point about the necessary political allegiances of journalists, I do agree (because there is no major news source that tries to be unbiased in Malaysia), but maybe this a side-effect caused by a lack of talent and resources, compared to demand?

  2. .. either NST top guns are clueless or these editors yang pandai bermuka-muka. Good that they resigned enbloc instead of continue to backstab the organisation that feed them. There is a limit to "cari makan" excuse you know.

    .. same thing happening in most GLCs I think. Some (in high places) I heard clearly supporting Oppo and yet Govt pejam mata saja. Buat-buat tak dengar.

    .. as I said before, with these kind of "friends", who needs enemies?

    1. In GLC, I know a few and let's face it, this people hypocrisy are limitless. I'm not taking about the low level position but they place in higher hiraki.

      :( sarah

  3. All's Fair in Love And War...

    Realities of Life Annie Unless you are a member of Crony Family that do not really Need to Work.


  4. Najib b abdul razak,
    “The surest way to corrupt a youth is to instruct him to hold in higher esteem those who think alike than those who think differently.”
    - Friedrich Nietzsche.

    i think you were made this way, by your friends, family, party and advisors.. you slumber blissfully in Seri Perdana while the people rebel, the nation divided.

    "Power does not corrupt men; fools, however, if they get into a position of power, corrupt power."
    - George Bernard Shaw

    Najib bin Abdul Razak.. have you ever walk to the streets by yourself without your entourage? how do any ali, ah kow, or muthu talk to you without being stopped by your entourage?

    who are these 'entourage'? your advisors? bodyguards?
    why do you need them?

    "Power attracts the corruptible. Absolute power attracts the absolutely corruptible."
    - Frank Herbert
    And so the 'punahsihats' prosper..

    Brain drain continues. People choosing sides. The nation keeps moving, by auto-pilot.

    New projects, new money, some win, some lose but Najib... continues with his slumber..he has 'helpers'.