On Friday 2 Aug 2013, Prime Minister Dato’ Sri Mohd. Najib Tun Razak hosted bukapuasa for media in Seri Perdana. In that event, Pingat Kedaulatan Negara medals were issued to 227 media practitioners who covered the Lahad Datu Intrusion and Ops Daulat in February/March.
02 August 2013| last updated at 12:06AM
13 NST journalists among 227 media practitioners awarded Pingat Kedaulatan Negara
By Azura Abas, Koi Kye Lee and A. Azim Idris
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PUTRAJAYA: Thirteen New Straits Times journalists and photographers were awarded the Pingat Kedaulatan Negara (National Sovereignty Awards) tonight for their relentless coverage of the Lahad Datu intrusion.
The front-liners were among the 227 members of the media to be given the award by Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak during special breaking of fast function to commemorate the media’s contribution.
For NST news editor Farrah Naz Karim, the opportunity to cover the events that unfolded during the intrusion was a valuable experience.
“I learned a lot as it was the first time covering such a major event, but I hope the country will not have to go through such a calamity again,”
Farrah, who together with journalist Jassmine Shadique, provided an extensive coverage of the event that transpired before and after the OPS Daulat mopping up operations, said it was a hallmark of both of their journalism careers.
The two were the first to be handed the award from Najib during the function held at his official residence in Seri Perdana near here tonight.
For NST Sabah bureau chief Roy Goh, the government’s extension of the award to media practitioners was an honour for the entire news fraternity.
“I am glad that we have been recognised for our work but we were merely doing our jobs” he said.
Roy, who said he was humbled by the experience, added that it was the security forces who deserved more credit for handling the situation.
For photographer Osman Adnan, the medal was a national pride.
Expressing his joy and utmost gratitude to the prime minister, he said the efforts put in by the media was recognised by the government.
“This is a recognition that I will cherish the most. For me, I feel that this is the biggest acknowledgment the government has given to media practitioners,” he said.
Osman added the medal would also instill the spirit of patriotism, unity, and love for the country.
He said it would also give encouragement to the other recipients mainly security and armed personnel to protect the sovereignty of the country.Some of the Pingat Kedaulatan Negara recipients with Prime minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak.
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Amongst those who received the PKN medals are three Malaysiakini reporters.
The role of Malaysiakini during the entire Lahad Datu Intrusion was all about to underminde and riddicule the maneurvres, actions and methods of dissmemination of information of and by the Police and Armed Forces. They played the ‘foward team’ and lay the foundation for unpatriotic Opposition leaders such as Tian Chua, Nurul Izzah, R Sivarasah and HJ Imran Abd Hamid to berate and intensify their attacks against the actions and decisions of the security and law enforcement agencies.
It was with the malice intent to be highly politicised as these decisions made and actions taken were backed by the Federal Government.
It has been proven too many times over that Malaysiakini is a tool of the Opposition’s ‘Politics of Hatred’ strategy, to undermine, attack and demonise all law enforcement agencies and authorities. When there is a deep distrust by the rakyat towards those who are supposed to enforce the law, then there would be a state of distability and disharmony. Probably bordering to chaos, anarchy and pan-demonic.
This is to realise the only track for the minority to overpower and gain control over the majority. After all, the Opposition leaders already attempted to have the ‘Malaysian Spring’ via the manipulation of half truths, deception, fabrication of events and facts and blatant lies, before, during and most importantly post 13GE events such as the failed ‘Black 505’ nationwide rallies.
Then again, who are responsible of including these three agents provocateur in the list of PKN medal recipient?
The list was prepared by Jabatan Penerangan. The Director General Dato’ Hj. Ibrahim Abdul Rahman should take responsibility of this insult of catestrophic cock-up proportions against the men and women risking their lives to uphold the Federation of Malaysia sovereignty in East Sabah earlier this year.
This is should be seen as nothing short of absolute cock-up by the agency which is supposed to do propaganda for the Federal Government.
Equally guilty should be the Press Secretary to the Prime Minister Dato’ Akmar Hisham Mokhles, for not vetting through carefully the medal recipient list. Then again probably Akmal was too pre-occupied in the folly of being a recipient of the PKN medal himself that he neglected his duties. Then again, lately he has been seen bent on being a celebrity by also several times been in the news.
The “Thirteen Million Plus Ringgit” question now is Prime Minister’s Office and Jabatan Penerangan acknowledge the manipulation of half truths, deception, blatant lies that connotes the negative perception or worse still, distrust and public anger against the security forces and Federal Government Ministers in the Lahad Datu Incident of Neo Con Jewish funded Opposition’s tool Malaysiakini, as ‘disseminating correct and true information to Malaysians’?
That is not withstanding the role and consistently of Malaysiakini’s reporting on the ongoing RCI on the Sabah immigration issue. Probably this is someone within PMO’s really brilliant master stroke strategy, to strengthen the entire Sabahans’ resolve of central government role in the state.
If it is so, then there is no necessity what so ever to correct and set straight any stories carried by Malaysiakini. Better still, in the attitude of ‘openness, engagement, embrace and inclusion’, Malaysiakini senior writers or editors should be appointed as one of Prime Minister Najib’s Press Secretary.
The investure of PKN medal, coupled with the systemic failure before and during 13GE campaign, appointments of Cabinet Ministers, GLC and strategic agency Heads would just compound to the systematic erosion of confidence on Prime Minister Najib’s leadership. That is not withstanding the failed communications on issues such as the ‘Corruption during 13GE campaign’ and the more recent hot topic, the Trans Pacific Partnership Agreement negotiations.
Then there would a reason to have a pre-depature celebrations commemorating the change over the control of the Dewan Rakyat and Federal Government. Most probably PMO could provide a list of in-house hidden but talented court jesters, to add to the folly.