Sunday, May 3, 2009

Pt 5: 1Malaysia, People First, Performance Now


Perak Speaker wants all media to report on 7 May

Yesterday a media notice sent out by the Perak Information Department indicated that only 13 media groups - all of them mainstream media - would be allowed to cover the controversial Perak State Assembly proceedings on 7-13 May.

The 13 mainstream media outfits are RTM, Bernama TV, TV3, The Star, New Straits Times, Berita Harian, Utusan Malaysia, China Press, Sin Chew Daily, Nanyang Siang Pau, Tamil Namban, Tamil Nesan and Bernama. They are expected to provide pro-BN coverage.

Today, Perak Speaker A Sivakumar said he would meet with the State Secretary to seek clarification on the media restrictions.

In line with democratic traditions, people have the right to know what’s happening in the Assembly, he said. He is therefore asking all media, including the foreign and internet media, to cover the proceedings on 7 May.

Najib must respond. It was only recently, when addressing the Malaysian Press Institute, that he had said:

If we are truly to build a democracy that is responsive to the needs of all the people, we need a media - both old and new - that is empowered to responsibly report what they see, without fear of consequence, and to hold governments and public officials accountable for the results they achieve or do not achieve.


Mastery of propaganda is the mark of any great government. So said Josef Goebbels - one of the greatest Ministers of Information, who mobilised millions into taking definitive action for their country. Certainly, this latest Perak episode shows the Najib administration's mastery over national information flow, putting it in the exalted league with Goebbels.

Najib is certainly proving himself to be a great leader. In fact, I think he can confidently count himself among the most notable leaders in world history! Check out this video and see if you can identify the parallels between Malaysia under Najib and one of the greatest nations to ever rule over the world in the past.

Najib's 1Malaysia is starting to sound a lot like the vision of these great leader in the past, no?

Heil Najib! Zieg Heil!

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