Press freedom: Why is Chun Wai getting calls on stories about Tun Dr. Mahathir?

News editors now getting calls from ‘Level Four’, for giving too much coverage to former Prime Minister and UMNO President Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohamad’s, especially on the shocking announcement to conditionally withdraw from UMNO and how it reflected on the poor leadership of PM ‘Flip-Flop’ Dato’ Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi as the President.

Tun Dr. Mahathir made this shocking announcement in Alor Setar on Monday and this is the hottest news, probably in the month. Mainstream media ran the story and all relating to it, since. One of it is The Star. However, its Group Chief Editor Dato’ Wong Chun Wai received a call from ‘Level Four’ for “Giving Tun Dr. Mahathir too much coverage for the leaving the party”.

How and why is ‘Level Four’ now playing the role of assessor and jury on what is news worthy and how much coverage should one get, for issues been brought up? If issues like Tun Dr. Mahathir abruptly withdrawing from the party has commercial value for a major English daily like The Star, who is anyone within ‘Level Four’ has the right to ‘sound out’ the daily to “slow down”?

This grip of mainstream media isn’t really what it seemed. At least to the public eye, it is completely something else. Khairy Jamaluddin, an  ‘officially’ former ‘Level Four’ VIP talked about the freedom of press earlier in the month. He even said the same thing at the forum organised by NUJ in Balai Berita. Then Rembau BN MP even raised in the Dewan Rakyat.

So all these talk about ‘Freedom of Press’ is just purely smoke screen or in better term, “Wayang“, to show that PM ‘Flip-Flop’ Abdullah’s administration’s ‘populist approach’ of so-called subscribing to transparency and so forth where else in reality, its just “Cakap tak serupa bikin“?

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  1. This is what I called the SS PM, syok sendiri PM. It is very very bad for press freedom in this country, as I alone do not trust news validity either from the Media Prima’s TV & radio station or local news paper..

  2. No need to worry about level 4 boys. We don’t read MSM anymore. We read blogs. They can do whatever they want with the MSM.

  3. The Edge Financial Daily in its editorial today takes a look at the man (TDM) who started it all and likens him to a leopard that never changes its spots, as per Maaysian Insider.. Perhaps our beloved TDM fights like a leopard to bring justice to the people. Perhaps it’s true that to kill the Prince of Darkness and his goon of vampires is to use the silver bullets and hard sharp edged wood and shaft/ pierce them right into their hearts. In this context, the silver bullet and wooden stakes represents TDM’s call for all to temporary leave UMNO. More silver bullets and wooden stakes are being garnered by the day as more follow TDM’s foot steps. The Silent Majority is stuffing silver bullets and wooden stakes into the big cannons for the final kill.

    That 32 year old Oxford graduate need not physically be at 4th Floor to orchestrate the orgies against the population of Malaysia; he has and will always be the one calling the cards so long as the father-in-law still holds the reign. He is the last S.O.B to rely on to talk about “Freedom of the Press” because he can’t and will never appreciate it; he has to use the Press/ Media to advance his ambitions and trounce all threats to PM and the 1st family. He needs to feed on the blood of the people by falsifying the truth. He cannot understand “cakap tak serupa bikin” because he can’t see himself in the mirror; hantus are always scared of mirrors and you know why.

    So the Prince of Darkness “populist approach” is all “tin kosong” as I always suspected; it is only propagated and ill tended to further his political mileage come year end.

  4. Fikir Tajam said… (from The Scribe)

    Salam Datuk AKJ,

    Saya Fikir Tajam bersama isteri menarik diri daripada keahlian UMNO berkuatkuasa hari ini juga.

    Sebenarnya ‘soul’ UMNO di kalangan ahli-ahli UMNO telah lama terpadam semenjak Abdullah memporakperandakan nasib bangsa Melayu dan Malaysia amnya.

    Saya menyokong penuh tindakan YB Tun Dr Mahathir yg sememangnya dilihat seorang strategis lagi bijaklaksana. YB Tun bukan sahaja mempunyai minda kelas pertama dan pemikiran beliau melangkaui zaman malah cukup BERHATI MULIA dan PEMAAF. Lihatlah bagaimana S46 berupaya dikembalikan ke pangkuan UMNO. Team B UMNO turut dilantik menjadi anggota kabinet malah hingga ke tahap PM. Bukankah Abdullah, Kadir Sheikh Fadzir dan Dr Rais Yatim dulunya merupakan hardcore Team B UMNO? Tetapi lihatlah betapa tingginya HATI BUDI YB Tun hingga menerima mereka kembali. Kesucian hati YB Tun boleh dirasakan oleh Rakyat terbanyak tidak terbatas pada ahli UMNO sahaja.

    Begitu juga antara kejayaan besar YB Tun ialah apabila di zaman pemerintahan beliau PKM (Parti Komunis Malaya) telah berjaya ditumpaskan di meja rundingan! Inilah contoh pemimpin dan negarawan yg HEBAT, HUMBLE malah cepat sekali memaafkan kawan dan lawan biarpun mereka pernah menikam beliau.

    Jangan lupa bagaimana Pairin Kitingan yg pernah menikam belakang BN dulu di saat PU sudah tertonyoh pun diterima semula oleh beliau kembali kepada BN.

    Inilah insan yg BERJIWA BESAR! Bukan seperti Abdullah, Musa Hitam, Anwar, Muhammad anak Muhammad, Rafidah, Zahid Hamidi, Hishamuddin, Ali Rustam, Khaled Nordin dll MP/ADUN yg BERJIWA HAMBA!

  5. Tambahan:

    Jangan lupa Musa Hitam ditawarkan jawatan sebagai wakil tetap Malaysia ke PBB walaupun telah mencabar kepimpinan UMNO semasa Team B 1987 dulu.

    Ternyatalah sekarang yg menjadi DURI itu adalah MUSA HITAM yg sanggup menjilat punggung Zionist Singapura demi NAMA, WANG RINGGIT, KEDUDUKAN DAN KEPENTINGAN (LABA) di IDR.

    Saya cabar Musa Hitam pergi tukar kerakyatan jadi Rakyat Singapura!

  6. MT UMNO telah DIKASI anu mereka!

    MT UMNO telah memecahkan Guinness Book of Records:

    TUKANG ANGGUK PALING HEBAT SEPANJANG ZAMAN!

    TAHNIAH NAJIB
    TAHNIAH ALI RUSTAM (PEMILIHAN BAHAGIAN NANTI SIAP KAU RUDDIN GHANI BELASAH KO)
    TAHNIAH SEMUA MENTERI BESAR UMNO YG MAKAN TIDUR MACAM ABDULLAH (PENGASAS PERSATUAN PRESIDEN UMNO KAKI TIDUR DAN PENYEMBAH SINGAPURA)

    MEMANG BANGSAT KAU DOLAH!

  7. KJ langsung tak buat komen tentang TDM keluar UMNO. Kenapa? Kerana dia dah ada penasihat media yang baru! Sapa dia? Kali kah? Hishamudin Aun ka? Bukan! Dia seorang penulis kolum di malay mail. Dia yang saban hari memberi nasihat pada KJ bila nak buka mulut, bila nak tutup mulut. Dia jenis tu juga. Sana mari punyalah. Ada erti? itu fasal KJ sekarang nampak macam jadi juara media di parlimen. KJ dan konconya yang baru ni sedang cuba mendekati media. Pelan-plan bikin, dia bilang.

  8. “cakap Tak Serupa Bikin” ni sememangnya telah lama melambangkan sifat hakiki seseorang yang bernama Abdullah bin Ahmad Badawi ni. Sifat ini terserlah apabila beliau mengatakan bahawa kerajaan tidak akan melancarkan projek mega kerana kantung kerajaan telah habis dibelanjakan oleh kerajaan yang sebelumnya. Kemudian beliau menyatakan bahaea beliau, sebagai PM tidak akan membina mercu tanda dan bekerja lah dengan saya, bukan untuk saya dan sebagainya.

    Namun begitu, apa yang beliau lakukan merupakan perbuatan yang berpusing 180 darjah. Beliau tidak menggunakan “duit” kerajaan tetapi menyuruh KWSP dan Petronas untuk membiayai projek2 istimewa beliau seperti jambatan kedua di Pulau Pinang dan PGCC dengan menggunakan satu terma yang dipanggil PFI, Private Funding Initiative. Kemudian beliau “melancarkan” South Johor Development Corridor yang kemudianya dipanggil Wilayah Pembangunan Iskandar dan terbaru sekali dinamakan Iskandar Malaysia. Sebenarnya, perancangan pembangunan di wilayah selatan Johor ni telah bermula di zaman PM yang sebelumnya lagi. Si Abdullah bin Ahmad Badawi ini dengan bangganya mengumumkan, “Ini idea saya.” semasa pelancaran WPI.

    Oleh itu, sememangnya “Cakap Tak Serupa Bikin” ni memang satu ungkapan yang tepat untuk menggambarkan siapa sebenarnya Abdullah bin Ahmad Badawi ni.

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  10. one needs only to see that where ever KJ is at, the head honcho of media prima is also there. what does it say abt the media supposedly being fair and neutral? we watch tv3 news and we know that their spin doctors are there doing their thing.

  11. Mahathir must be crying and regretting like hell now for no one follow him to walk out of the corridor of power. I am worried he will shop for a Samurai in Japan and do the honour thing.

    Bigdog so are you out of UMNO?

  12. This is not the first time media was told what to report and what not to. In fact, most of the MSM Editors was used to that they self cancel lots of news perceive as negative towards the government. Did any of the MSM report that the government lied when they submitted the Pulau Batu Puteh pictures, and they even said it sourced from a blog, which was set up a day earlier? Their boss was BN, either UMNO, MCA or their cronies, so why still buy their lies, BOYCOTT THEM!!!!

  13. TDM is already in the toilet. Yes, the toilet is a great resting place for him. His past record with us stinks to high heaven. Why bother resting your nose on rotten shits? Just flush him off and get on with our life, folks! Let Mr Chang and the like deal with his shits alone. PL will no doubt have his days in the toilet too if he behaves like his predecessor.


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