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‘Unpardonable sin’ by PM’s Office – Kadir

Fri 2015-Feb-27 @ MYT 15:43:07 pm

Former NSTP group chief editor A Kadir Jasin has accused the prime minister’s office of “an unpardonable sin” in alluding to “legacy family wealth” in a response to an article in the New York Times earlier this month.

“Unless the PMO makes an about turn and deny ever making a statement to the NYT about Mohd Najib’s so-called inheritance, it stands accused of tainting the memory of that great man,” said Kadir, writing in his blog on Wednesday.

Photo posted at Kadir Jasin’s blog with the caption ‘Tun Razak a frugal man’

“The PMO propaganda machine can do whatever it likes even at the expense of ethics and morality to protect the PM and his wife. But for it to dishonour and disrespect the memory of Tun Abdul Razak is an unpardonable sin.”

Kadir’s comment on the response by the PM’s Office came in the bottom half of his blog posting, which had been about the prime minister’s wife, Rosmah Mansor, and her comments about rising costs and her RM1,200 hairdo.

“I leave it entirely to readers and debaters to make sense of the RM1,200-hairdo. You can credit her for speaking up on behalf of consumers or loath her for the hair raising price she paid for hair colouring,” he said, before going on to the joint statement by Najib’s four brothers. Read more…

Barisan papers fail basic journalism

Fri 2015-Feb-27 @ MYT 15:24:02 pm

Utusan, NST, Star, Sun chicken out when Tun Razak’s sons
(minus Najib) respond to ‘legacy family wealth’ claim

Former New Straits Times Press group chief editor A Kadir Jasin has rightly questioned why major newspapers owned by Barisan Nasional parties failed to carry a joint statement by the four brothers of prime minister Najib Abdul Razak defending their late father’s reputation against the prime minister’s office alluding to “legacy family wealth”.

Kadir said the BN papers had flouted a basic rule of journalism, the right of reply, by not allowing the four brothers to respond to what had already been published about their father in those very newspapers and elsewhere.

The New York Times. Feb 8

The New York Times. Feb 8

He told Malaysiakini: “What’s important to note here is that there must be something terribly wrong with the PMO statement to prompt the brothers to not only distance themselves from the content of that statement, but to accuse it of tarnishing the image of their late father” (Tun Abdul Razak, the second prime minister).

Tun Razak’s sons, minus Najib, issued a joint statement on Tuesday night, emailed to all major newspapers, Malaysiakini, Malaysian Insider and The Edge.

They had defended Razak’s reputation for integrity and frugality in response to a statement by the Prime Minister’s Office published in the New York Times. Read more…

BN media black out Najib’s brothers

Thu 2015-Feb-26 @ MYT 16:35:50 pm
Asia Sentinel report on Wednesday


Newspapers owned by Barisan Nasional parties Umno and MCA have blacked out a media statement by Najib Razak’s brothers defending their late father’s reputation for integrity and frugality, Malayakini reports.

The statement had been in response to a New York Times report about purported “legacy family wealth” accounting for lavish spending by Najib’s family.

The four junior sons of the late Tun Abdul Razak, second prime minister, had emailed their joint statement to the largest-circulating newspapers, and to Malaysiakini, Malaysian Insider and business weekly The Edge.

None of the Barisan Nasional-owned newspapers carried any report on the statement, Malaysiakini said.

NOT REPORTED: Utusan Malaysia, Berita Harian, New Straits Times (all owned or controlled by Umno), The Star (owned by the MCA).
REPORTED: Sinchew Daily, Nanyang Siang Pau and China Press.

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Charlie Hebdo: here we go again!

Wed 2015-Feb-25 @ MYT 12:20:22 pm
I know some will say that we are obsessed, but we’re not the ones who are obsessed. It’s those who create the news who are obsessed. And those who create it are terrorists. Gérard Biard, chief editor
The newspaper, just like any newspaper, must continue because life goes on, the news continues. Patrick Pelloux, columnist


The latest issue, out today. © Charlie Hebdo


It’s business as usual at the French satirical weekly Charlie Hebdo, resuming publication more than a month after two gunmen attacked their offices in Paris, killing 12, including the editor, Charb.

“We needed a break, a rest… There were those who needed to work again straight away, like me, and those who wanted to take more time,” says Gérard Biard, the publication’s new chief editor. “So we reached a compromise, and agreed on February 25… to start off again on a weekly basis.”

The paper had rushed out a “survivors’ issue” the week after the shooting on January 7, selling out an 8mil print run far beyond expectations. Its usual print run had been 60,000 copies and the weekly had been struggling financially.

If the cover of Charlie Hebdo’s next issue says anything, it’s that it will be business as usual: itt features a range of political and religious figures, including former French president Nicolas Sarkozy, a jihadist and the pope, as a pack of rabid dogs over the headline, “…Here we go again!”

The satirical weekly has a long history of courting controversy, lampooning political and religious figures of all stripes. Read more…

Charlie Hebdo is back

Wed 2015-Feb-25 @ MYT 12:02:19 pm
Charlie Hebdo staff ponder bittersweet new success after jihadi terror attack

French satirical magazine returns to newsstands with financial future secure and print run 50 times greater than before militant Islamists killed 12 people

Charlie Hebdo’s second edition since January’s terrorist attack is prepared at a press distribution centre near Paris. [Photo: Getty, via the Guardian]

Angelique Chrisafis in Paris
The Guardian

A new issue of the satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo hits newsstands on Wednesday, with a cover depicting the far-right leader Marine Le Pen, Nicolas Sarkozy, a bishop, a jihadi, a banker and a TV news crew as a rampaging pack of hounds.

The issue marks a return to business as usual for the magazine targeted in last month’s terror attacks in Paris.

In recent days, Charlie Hebdo staff have admitted struggling to come to terms with their new reality after the attack on 7 January which killed 12 people, including the editor, Charb, and some of France’s best-known cartoonists. The magazine is currently operating out of a temporary space in the offices of the daily newspaper Libération, with massive round-the-clock police protection. It is unable to move into a new Paris location until the officeshave been bullet-proofed and secured. Read more…

Tok Guru: ulama who made PAS for everyone

Fri 2015-Feb-13 @ MYT 10:54:44 am

Tok Guru showed PAS the way to the future

Tok Guru showed PAS the way to the future

By Farish A. Noor
The Straits Times
Nik Aziz Nik Mat, the Spiritual Leader of the Pan-Malaysian Islamic Party (PAS) has been a prominent political and religious figure in Malaysia since the 1980s, and has played a pivotal role in the development of PAS as a modern Islamist party with international connections. His passing may have a profound impact on both the party he led, and Malaysia as a whole.

Along with Yusof Rawa, he was among the senior members of the so-called ‘Ulama faction’ that deposed the president of the Islamic party Asri Muda in 1982, and began the internal reform of the party that turned it into Malaysia’s biggest and perhaps best organised opposition party.

Nik Aziz: a clear vision for PAS

Nik Aziz: a clear vision for PAS

Throughout the 1990s he was seen as the bedrock of PAS’s power among the Malay-Muslim electorate and the key factor that ensured the victory of PAS in Kelantan, of which he was chief minister for 23 years.

Despite several attempts by the ruling coalition to woo the electorate of Kelantan, the Kelantanese voters opted for PAS throughout the 1990s and at the elections of 2004, 2008 and 2013.

Nik Aziz was also one of the engineers of the Islamisation programme in the state, and played a key role in the development of the network of madrasahs (religious schools) there, linking them to a wider global network of madrasahs across the Muslim world.
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Hasbullah the great – an appreciation

Thu 2015-Feb-12 @ MYT 23:16:33 pm

Hasbullah Awang, the accidental Malaysian hero

Hasbullah Awang: the voice of sport. After a career at RTM, he joined Astro last year

Hasbullah Awang: the voice of sport. After a career at RTM, he joined Astro last year

By Syed Jaymal Zahiid
Malay Mail Online
12 Feb 2015

I am never fond of writing commentaries but after learning of Datuk Hasbullah Awang’s death earlier this afternoon, I was called upon, as if by duty, to write my memories of him.

After all, who doesn’t know Datuk Hasbullah?

His unique commanding voice boomed from our television sets even before those of my generation were born, and he continued to be “the” voice we so dearly held onto during those riveting moments when our boys or girls were just seconds away from either victory, or defeat.

Be it in football, badminton, hockey or even swimming, his dramatic and unorthodox use of words like “kecundang” or “menarik” often evoked the same powerful mix of emotions. Some of it was suspense, but mostly it was a sense of pride, that feeling of necessity, of duty.

His voice commanded us to join him in displaying that same passion he had for his country, never mind the fact that neutrality is required of a professional sports commentator. But that obvious display of bias never bothered me. I am certain it never bothered other Malaysians as well.

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