The other day, I asked the Istana Negara media team to
I told them that they need to do so to stop the accusations which will damage the king's good reputation.
They didn't and instead chose to be lazy about it.
"Oh, itu semua fitnah semata-mata. Lagi pun orang ramai sayang pada Agong dan tak kan percaya semua itu. Lagi pun lama-lama orang lupa lah," I can imagine them saying that.
It's the same attitude of BN media strategists before the coalition's destruction in GE14.
Well, actually I was being silly as I knew even before asking the palace media team to defend the king that they were a hopeless bunch.
All they are good at is when it comes to releasing press releases and sending invites to VIPs whenever there's a ceremony at the palace.
No crisis management skill at all.
And true enough, the accusations against the Agong and his family have keep on coming.
Someone forwarded to me this story by Malaysiakini, titled
Syarikat urus projek lupus sisa Lynas ada kaitan kerabat Pahang
You may access it at this link,
Seluas 202.35 hektar tanah, bersamaan dengan saiz 283 padang bola sepak, telah dikeluarkan daripada hutan simpan kekal Bukit Kuantan, untuk ditukarkan menjadi tapak pelupusan sisa berjadual industri pelbagai kategori (MCISWDS).
PDF Lynas hanya akan mengambil 58.35 hektar, atau 29 peratus daripada keseluruhan kawasan berkenaan.
Gading Senggara Sdn Bhd (GSSB), firma swasta yang mempunyai kaitan dengan kerabat Pahang, akan menjadi kontraktor MCISWDS itu. Lynas turut melantik syarikat sama untuk membina PDF-nya di situ.
GSSB ditubuhkan pada Julai 2012 sebagai Puncak Trillium Sdn Bhd, dan menukar namanya ke nama sekarang pada Disember 2014.
Semakan Malaysiakini terhadap firma itu di Suruhanjaya Syarikat Malaysia (SSM) mendedahkan pemegang saham majoritinya, dengan 50 peratus pegangan, ialah Pemangku Raja Pahang Tengku Hassanal Ibrahim Alam Shah.
Now, I believe that Malaysiakini had done its calculations and decided that it's not seditious to write such a story.
It's not as vicious as those accusations made by the Australian-based blogger which I highlighted in my previous post but it's more damaging than that.
Malaysiakini is after all a Malaysian accredited news portal, and therefore its stories are more credible.
Ya, that despite its past blunders and lack of neutrality.
Its stories would make people believe that the royal family do have vested business interests and therefore susceptible to be influenced by other parties such as in the Agong's decision to allow the current state of emergency, which many feel was just an excuse for Perikatan Nasional to stay in power.
And if the Istana Negara media team feel that people are not interested in these accusations, then they are wrong.
I'm now resting in Kuantan at a place just a walking distance away from the Agong's home palace here and I do hear people talking about it.
They talked about things such as "surat kuning" and how powerful it is.
Anyway, do the Istana Negara media team ever bothered to go on the ground and check what people feel about the accusations?
Or do they just hang around the palace, rubbing shoulders with VIPs and media big bosses while doing really nothing to protect the Agong and his family from those accusations?
Who selected the team anyway?
It's quite hopeless, really.