How should we judge a government?

In Malaysia, if you don't watch television or read newspapers, you are uninformed; but if you do, you are misinformed!

"If you're not careful, the newspapers will have you hating the people who are being oppressed, and loving the people who are doing the oppressing." - Malcolm X

Never argue with stupid people, they will drag you down to their level and then beat you with experience - Mark Twain

Never argue with an idiot, otherwise people won't know which one of you is the idiot.
Since light travels faster than sound, some people appears bright - until you hear them speak.

Why we should be against censorship in a court of law: Publicity is the very soul of justice … it keeps the judge himself, while trying, under trial. - Jeremy Bentham

"Our government is like a baby's alimentary canal, with a happy appetite at one end and no
responsibility at the other. " - Ronald Reagan

Government fed by the people

Government fed by the people

Career options

Career options
I suggest government... because nobody has ever been caught.

Corruption so prevalent it affects English language?

Corruption so prevalent it affects English language?

When there's too much dirt...

When there's too much dirt...
We need better tools... to cover up mega corruptions.

Prevent bullying now!

Prevent bullying now!
If you're not going to speak up, how is the world supposed to know you exist? “Orang boleh pandai setinggi langit, tapi selama ia tidak menulis, ia akan hilang di dalam masyarakat dan dari sejarah.” - Ananta Prameodya Toer (Your intellect may soar to the sky but if you do not write, you will be lost from society and to history.)

Monday, October 08, 2012

MSM crying 'wolf' once too often


This headline on the front page of last Friday's Malay Mail is typical of how our mainstream newspapers make maximum use of their powerful hype to discredit any person or entity worthy of their effort.

MSM are owned or controlled by the ruling parties and their news reports are generally biased and often malicious. Their main purpose seems to be that of inflicting maximum damage to a person or entity's image, often unsubstantiated or unable to substantiate when required (in a court of law) and they are prepared to pay substantial damages to victims of their malice. Many people believe this is a concerted effort to carry out BN's propaganda.

Looking at the headline alone, most people would have formed an opinion that it was a statement of fact. Many people these days have short attention span and often do not bother to read the details (which are part of the overall spin), and only a few bother to follow up on related news: days, weeks or months later, to confirm whether the original 'news' was reliable.

Personally, I take such headlines with a pinch of salt, having known past inaccurate or even malicious reports. Often, statements by different leaders would be conflicting and sometimes, the same person would flip-flop on his or her earlier statement! The overall loss in credibility has led to the public's inability to take statements by political leaders as true or accurate, and usually subject them to further clarification from more reliable sources.

Offhand, I can remember the Chief Minister of Penang was recently awarded Rm250,000 in damages to be paid by Utusan Malaysia. More recently, MP Teresa Kok was also awarded Rm50,000, with a public apology. http://teresakok.com/2012/10/08/utusan-twisted-my-story-ybj-author-tells-court/


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