That is most probably the best solution for NST and the Group now. That is the solution that we here in BigDogDotCom see, to the problems highlighted by ABITW and commentary by Supremo-Bloggo-Journo Datuk Rocky.
Kill the weed. It is not about just changing the Group Managing Editor. Many in strategic position needed to be weeded out as well. NST Group saw the changing of this post already twice in the past three years post-regime-change with PM ‘Flip-Flop’ Tun Abdullah Ahmad Badawi’s patronage of Riong Kali’s dark-years of the English daily officially ended. However, some of Riong Kali’s ghastly dark agents still ‘roam’ freely in the halls of NST news and editorial chambers.
Strong personalities with strategic view on where to take, how and what roles NST could play to assist Prime Minister Dato’ Seri Mohd. Najib Tun Razak’s leadership and sending the right messages. The qualifications must include having the necessary mainstream print media experience.
It is glory days, for the common persons on the street NST is the most preferred referral point in English for the right information. More importantly, it is provided not only the right information but the right tone and angle. Then, it was the English daily of choice even for the ‘market’.
During the dark reign of Riong Kali and his disciples, they did a good job to bring the position if not the credibility of NST down. This include using the editorial column to lie. At the same time and space, they did a good job of making many to distrust the leadership of PM ‘Flip-Flop’ Abdullah and his cronies.
We need personalities is the likes of Col. Nathan R Jessop to do the right thing. Provide strong and respected leadership and tell the right stories, in the right tone and at the right time. Tell the right stories where it matters. Deliver the mandate. Bring back the confidence towards the government and its policies. In the past, we have talked about NST being aimless and should stop reinventing themselves in turfs that don’t really matter and instead, it should bring in the results.
One needs to kill the weed before the right vegetables or flowers on the same bed could grow. Of course, having the right fertilizer is pertinent.