Minister of Communications, Information and Multimedia Dato’ Seri Utama Dr Rais Yahim, PhD has done it again. He issued a statement without checking. This time, its about insurance for Bernama journos who went to Somalia for the humanitarian aide mission.
In the public outcry of the shocking because of the shooting and some summarily question the safety during movements of the team in Somalia, this came out in page three Mingguan Malaysia:
Noramfaizul tidak dilindungi insurans khas
SEPANG 3 Sept. – Jurukamera BernamaTV, Noramfaizul Mohd. Nor yang terbunuh di Somalia tidak dilindungi oleh insurans khas kerana Allahyarham bertugas atas dasar urusan kerja biasa dan kesukarelaan, kata Menteri Penerangan, Komunikasi dan Kebudayaan, Datuk Seri Rais Yatim.
Menurut Rais, beliau berharap insiden yang menimpa jurukamera itu akan dijadikan iktibar oleh semua pihak termasuk kedutaan dan penganjur misi agar melakukan kajian yang teliti bagi mengetahui kedudukan terkini keadaan di sesuatu lokasi sebelum menghantar sukarelawan.
“Kita juga mahu mengkaji prosedur pada masa depan di mana kita perlu menyoal (pihak penganjur) sama ada seseorang petugas yang menyertai misi amal mendapat perlindungan undang-undang dan insurans.
“Petugas media tersebut juga perlu menandatangani dokumen tertentu supaya penglibatan mereka dalam misi kesukarelaan diketahui ahli keluarga,” katanya kepada pemberita di Lapangan Terbang Antarabangsa Kuala Lumpur (KLIA) di sini hari ini.
Beliau berkata, kepentingan peserta sesuatu misi kesukarelaan perlu dilihat dengan lebih teliti supaya mereka tidak terperangkap dalam keadaan yang tidak bersedia.
“Saya pernah menyuarakan bahawa misi ke Somalia bukan misi biasa seperti ke Australia dan Jepun sebelum ini. Somalia berada dalam kancah pergolakan dan penuh dengan peristiwa tidak menentu,” katanya.
Tambah Rais, kementeriannya akan meneliti bantuan sesuai yang boleh diberikan kepada ahli keluarga Noramfaizul.
That created so much attention and even debate. The Opposition is charging how irresponsible the Government endorsed a humanitarian mission is a very hostile environment like civil war-thorn Somalia without issuing special insurance coverage for the participants.
So much so, Bernama Chairman had to issue a statement correcting Dr Rais’s blunder:
Published: Sunday September 4, 2011 MYT 2:42:00 PM
Slain BernamaTV cameraman was insured, says Bernama chairmanKUALA LUMPUR: Noramfaizul Mohd Nor, the BernamaTV cameraman who was killed in Somalia last Friday, had two insurance policies taken out on him by Bernama, the Malaysian national news agency chairman Datuk Abdul Rahman Sulaiman said.
“All Bernama employees are covered by two insurance policies – term life and personal accident – applicable worldwide,” he said in response to speculations in web portals that the late Noramfaizul was not insured when he went for his assignment to Somalia.
On top of that, Putera 1Malaysia Club had also taken a group insurance policy to cover all 55 members in the humanitarian aid mission.
Abdul Rahman said Bernama would also extend all possible support and assistance to Noramfaizul’s family. – Bernama
Obviously, Dr Rais issued the statement without checking. We are not sure of the intentions, but it was clearly defective and could created unnecessary debate, especially at the times where Malaysians are shocked over the killing.
Unless Mingguan Malaysia did a botch reporting job and Dr Rais did not say that the slain Bernama journo wasn’t insured. Then, it is Dr Rais’s duty to ‘clear his name’ and get his lawyers to issue a demand letter to Utusan Malaysia. If he is lucky, he could win RM 400,000 this round again. Unlike Amizudin “Din Sharpshooter” Ahmad, Kumpulan Utusan Melayu Bhd can pay for this.
Then again, how much more of these blunders or reckless statements are coming out from the attention-craving-glamour-seeking Minister? A few months ago, his ‘Flip-Flop’ness on the Astro so called ‘price hike’ announcements, created another public outcry.
Is he getting too old for his job? Probably his body and faculties are not despite that is the oldest member of the Cabinet today, but his practices definitely are. People who have seen and interacted with him in official capacity describe his way are very ‘feudalistic’.
If any of his fan boys are catching this, Datuk Rocky’s ‘Ferrari’ is still in the safe keep of Malaysian Communication and Multimedia Commission. It has been there since almost a year since the investigation team came to Blog House Malaysia Adviser’s homer and confiscated the Acer notebook, in front of his family and neighbours. If Datuk Rocky did something wrong, then he have should be charged already by now. If there is nothing conclusive, then why is the notebook not returned? In fact, it was said the investigating team found nothing against Rocky which is legally detrimental and did recommend the notebook be returned.
By the way, we are still waiting for the ‘MACC report that he vowed to make’. This is what The Malay Mail quoted from Dr Rais on 11 Oct 2010:
“……will forthwith assert my rights under the law and report the matter to the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) so that an investigation could be under way”
If Dr Rais as a man made those mistakes, whether in Rocky’s case, Astro’s episode or even now, the latest ‘uninsured Bernama journo into warzone’ statement, then as a very educated and cultured old man he should uphold a bigger pride in the right values, by apologising.
Seriously, how difficult is that?