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What price, government of the people?

Tue 2013-Nov-19 @ MYT 09:00:54 am
…that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom…and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the face of the earth

Abraham LincolnFour score and seven years ago our fathers brought forth on this continent a new nation, conceived in liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal.

Now we are engaged in a great civil war, testing whether that nation, or any nation so conceived and so dedicated, can long endure. We are met on a great battlefield of that war. We have come to dedicate a portion of that field, as a final resting place for those who here gave their lives that that nation might live. It is altogether fitting and proper that we should do this.

But, in a larger sense, we can not dedicate, we can not consecrate, we can not hallow this ground. The brave men, living and dead, who struggled here, have consecrated it, far above our poor power to add or detract. The world will little note, nor long remember what we say here, but it can never forget what they did here. It is for us the living, rather, to be dedicated here to the unfinished work which they who fought here have thus far so nobly advanced. It is rather for us to be here dedicated to the great task remaining before us—that from these honored dead we take increased devotion to that cause for which they gave the last full measure of devotion — that we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain — that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom — and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth.

The Gettysburg address
19 November 1863

Dedication ceremonies at Gettysburg

Dedication ceremonies at Gettysburg


Sin Chew hosts talk by business journo

Thu 2013-Oct-3 @ MYT 15:34:13 pm

Sin Chew Daily is hosting a talk by business journalist and writer Joe Studwell on how the economy works in Asia-Pacific, the most dynamic region of the world.

Studwell’s talk, Malaysia, China, Asia – The Key to Economy Success and Failure, will be at 7.30pm on Tuesday 8 October, at the Cultural Hall of Sin Chew headquarters in Petaling Jaya.

Lorien Holland will moderate the talk and discussions.

Studwell’s bio as supplied by Sin Chew:

On Oct 8, Joe Studwell talks on how Asia works

Joe Studwell has worked as a freelance writer and journalist in east Asia for more than 20 years. He has written for the Economist Intelligence Unit, The Economist, the Financial Times, the Wall Street Journal, the Far Eastern Economic Review, the Observer Magazine and Asia Inc.

From 1997 to 2007, Joe was the founding editor of the China Economic Quarterly (CEQ). He was also a founder and director of the Asian advisory firm Dragonomics, now GaveKal Dragonomics.

He has written three books, The China Dream: the Quest for the Greatest Untapped Market on Earth (2002) and Asian Godfathers: Money and Power in Hong Kong and South-East Asia (2007), and How Asia Works: Success and Failure in the World’s Most Dynamic Region (March 2013)

How Asia Works also contains a detailed look at the corrosive legacy of colonial agriculture in Malaysia, at the country’s failed industrial projects in the steel and automotive sectors, and at its premature financial deregulation in the 1980s and 1990s. Joe Studwell corresponded with Mahathir Mohamad and interviewed Anwar Ibrahim, as well as interviewing key managers of industrial policy projects and senior civil servants, in the course of the research for this book.

The book proposes that the story of East Asian development is the key to understanding the nature of economic development worldwide. He dissects the region’s history to show how, for many years, heady economic growth rates masked the most divided continent in the world – a north-east Asian group of states that is the most extraordinary developmental success story ever seen, a south-east Asian group that proved to be a paper tiger.

Studwell explains why land reform and complementary policies to maximise agricultural yields, an acute focus on manufacturing industry combined with what he calls ‘export discipline’ to extract high returns from industrial subsidies, and financial repression and controlled capital accounts, were the keys to successful accelerated economic development. He answers Charles Kindleberger’s famous question about whether there is more than one kind of economics by concluding there are at least two: the economics of development and the economics of efficiency that countries require after they achieve a certain level of economic development. What that level is remains open to debate, but east Asia provides us with clues.

Enquiries: Sin Chew Daily Culture and Education Department – 03-7965-8879

Legion D’Honneur for Mervin

Mon 2013-Sep-30 @ MYT 13:07:18 pm

Former Bernama reporter Mervin Nambiar, who now handles sales and marketing for the AFP news wire, has been awarded France’s Legion D’Honneur, the highest citizen award.

Mervin left Bernama in 1976 to join Agence France Presse at its Kuala Lumpur bureau. In in 1994 he became Singapore bureau chief. He is currently Asia-Pacific sales and marketing director, based in Hong Kong since 1996.

“I am greatly honoured and gratified at the honour this brings. But it is also as much about teamwork as it is about me,” said Mervin. “Together with my editorial, commercial and my other colleagues, we have built a premier service that has become a reference news wire for media in Asia.”

AFP chairman Emmanuel Hogg said: “Mervin has played a pivotal role in keeping AFP at the forefront of the Asian market. “Not only has he developed our position in traditional markets, he has shown great innovation in meeting the challenges of the digital age.”

Other Malaysians awarded the Legion D’Honneur include AirAsia founder Tan Sri Tony Fernandes, actress Datuk Michelle Yeoh and activist lawyer Datuk Ambiga Sreenivasan.

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Bezos: Readers come first, not advertisers

Wed 2013-Sep-4 @ MYT 11:53:32 am
The Washington Post will have readers at its centerpiece. “I’m skeptical of any mission that has advertisers at its centerpiece. Whatever the mission is, it has news at its heart.”
Jeff Bezos
owner of the Washington Post
billionaire founder of


Attention Malaysian newspaper owners — Jeff Bezos (a businessman) knows something that all Malaysian journalists have tried to tell you for years and years, always to be ignored by the self-serving bozos on your boards and the self-serving clowns in your managements.
(Have you read this, Star Corporate? Ummm…does anybody there still read anything?)

Read the Bezos interview »
Jeffrey Bezos, Washington Post’s next owner, aims for a new ‘golden era’ at the newspaper


HK’s new South China Singa-Post

Wed 2013-Sep-4 @ MYT 11:31:55 am
from Asia Sentinel

In a company town hall meeting with employees earlier this year, [SCMP Group chief executive Robin] Hu said the revamped Chinese language website would avoid coverage of Hong Kong’s increasingly rancorous political scene and instead play the role of booster for the city’s attractions as a travel and business center.

If anything, Hu’s remarks resemble the Singaporean approach to news, where media outlets are de facto cheerleaders for government policies. Indeed, concerns have been growing inside the paper for more than a year and a half over what might be termed its “Singaporization,” a reference to the Straits Times of Singapore and its family of other newspapers, which are notorious for rarely criticizing the Singapore government.
A Kinder, Gentler South China Morning Post


‘Softly softly’ Singapore style creeps into HK’s Post

Wed 2013-Sep-4 @ MYT 11:16:32 am

from Asia Sentinel
A Kinder, Gentler South China Morning Post
Written by Our Correspondent
New Chinese language Web site won’t make any waves

The job of any editor is to censor. Every editor has to decide what to put in the paper and try to provide balance.
Robin Hu
chief executive, SCMP Group
formerly of Singapore Press Holdings

William Zheng Wei, a former Singapore Press Holdings business editor, has been named the chief editor of the South China Morning Post’s new Chinese-language Web site. His mandate? Don’t carry anything controversial.

Zheng’s appointment was announced Monday in an internal company release by Robin Hu, the 55-year-old chief executive officer of the SCMP Group, himself a former Singapore Press Holdings executive. Hu replaced Kuok Hui Kwong last July after serving for six years as regional director in China for the Singapore Economic Development Board, a government agency, and as a senior vice president for an Internet startup.

The softly-softly approach to the territory’s news may not go far in a city whose 7.5 million residents are growing increasingly impatient with a government that is regarded as being too willing to align itself with official Beijing to the detriment of Hong Kong itself.

Although it has been considered one of the most influential English-language broadsheets in Asia, critics say the paper has been steadily losing its independent voice

The determination to remain rosy — apparently because the Web site is in Chinese — seems ill advised given the 13 Chinese-language newspapers of different political hues and stripes in Hong Kong. There are five pro-Beijing leftist papers; one semi-neutral one, Ming Pao; and three basically pro-democracy ones including Apple Daily, whose owner, Jimmy Lai, uses a successful formula of lurid crime stories and political coverage that savages the government at any opportunity.

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Hata Wahari: Utusan writes only on Umno’s say-so

Tue 2013-Sep-3 @ MYT 19:38:41 pm
from Malay Mail Online
Nothing in Utusan goes without Umno’s nod, says ex-staff writer
Sept 2, 2013
Hata Wahari continues campaign to expose Utusan policy

Hata Wahari continues campaign to expose Utusan policy

KUALA LUMPUR, Sept 2 — Any issue that is played up by Utusan Malaysia only sees print if it is given the green light by Umno’s top leadership, a former senior writer with the Malay daily said today.

Hata Wahari, who was sacked by the Malay newspaper in May 2010, said that this was the trend he saw based his own observations while working as an Utusan Malaysia journalist for 16 years.

“What is done by Utusan appears to always have something to do with Umno policy… unless they get the nod from the leadership, they won’t play up an issue,” he said at a forum called “Memahami Utusan — Siapakah Awang Selamat (Understanding Utusan — Who is Awang Selamat)” here.

Hata, who briefly headed the National Union of Journalists not long before his summary dismissal, claimed that the management principles in Utusan Malaysia was no different from Umno, where everyone bows to the whims of the top executive – which in the newspaper’s case is the chief editor.

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