Lim And Anwar’s Interpretation Of Press Freedom June 8, 2009Posted by malaysianstory in A New Chapter, Penang.
Tags: Lim Guan Eng, Malaysian Story, Penang State Government, Press Freedom
What sort of press freedom is Lim Guan Eng promoting and advocating?
Press freedom to serve their political interest and agenda or freedom of the press that is truly free and fair?
Lim and his buddy Anwar Ibrahim are quick to demonize Barisan Nasional and UMNO for controlling, twisting and spinning the mainstream media, i.e. Utusan Malaysia, the Media Prima conglomerate and those operating in Angkasapuri, against them.
Often at news conferences held by either Lim or Anwar, they will take a swipe at reporters from the mainstream media for concocting stories against them.
Of late, they have taken a more extreme approach by banning reporters from Utusan and the New Straits Times from covering events held by the state government.
The latest incident happened at the swearing-in of the new MPSP president Mokhtar Mohd Jait where the assistant bureau chief from Utusan Hasnurul Mohamad was asked to leave Lim’s press conference.
Hasnurul complained that Lim’s special office Wong Kim Fei, had approached her twice, one during Mokhtar’s swearing-in ceremony, to tell her that she was not invited.
“How can this bloody Wong said such thing to me and embarassed me infront of the others,” Hasnurul who was fuming mad told one of reporters who was also covering the event on Thursday.
She was again chased away by this Wong when she sat in Lim’s Press conference.
Another reporter who sitting besides Hasnurul attempted to defend Hasnurul and argued with Lim but Lim cut short the episode by saying that he was merely following instructions from Anwar.
What a joke! Lim could not even gave satisfactory reply when he was cornered by the reporter who asked him if it would cause harm to him and the state government by the mere presence of Hasnurul at his press conference.
He blamed Anwar when he was caught off guard and likewise, Anwar would use Lim as his excuse when a similar incident happened during his press conferences.
For the record, reporters in The New Straits Times are still being prohibited to do coverage on the state government’s functions and events until today.
I wonder what sort of press freedom are they talking about during their rally and ceramahs when they do not even know its real definition.
Maybe to them, press freedom is when only something good is written about them.