NST: Insensitive or oversight?

This piece on food indulgence for the upcoming Chinese New Year was featured in today’s News Straits Times. The suitablity of the story considering the current ‘sensitivities’ should be observed.


Sucking pig pix an NST's Life and Times, 16 Jan 2011

Chinese New Year is over two weeks away. Never the less, the appropriateness of today’s article which featured the photo of suckling pig is doubted.  Considering that the current ‘displeasure’ of Muslims, over issues such as the ‘complain against azan’ in Kampung Kerinchi and ‘storming of the mamak stall’ in Penang by DAP ADUN for Komtar Ng Wei Aik.

The lifestyle and New Sunday Times editors should be sensitive on things even some might argue as ‘trivial’.

When then Deputy Prime Minister Tun Abdul Razak Hussein arranged for the News Straits Times to be brought back to Kuala Lumpur from Singapore in 1965, we doubt that he had these sort of features in mind. Especially NST was traditionally controlled by UMNO-led owners, management and editorial and Malaysia is very much a conservative country where Muslims are the majority. Leadership should really look into who they alleviated as members of  the editorial board.

It is ashamed that NST is lunged for their oversight on something as trivial as this.



Published in: on January 16, 2011 at 23:16  Comments (49)