Wednesday, July 9, 2008


Singapore newspapers were having a field day reporting the current mudslinging campaign between anwar and najib.

Then a letter from the Malaysian commissioner Mr Parameswaran was sent recently to the papers.

The contents was simple enough:

The high commissioner said newspapers in Singapore should "treat with much more circumspection allegations or innuendoes that clearly seek to damage the character and reputation" of important Malaysian personalities. It said it was unwise for Singapore media to take sides.

"Although developments in Malaysia affect Singapore, we must be disinterested external observers, not partisan participants in their domestic politics," it said.

This letter was despatched after Today newspaper published an article "Under fire -- the First Lady-in-waiting" on June 27 which Parameswaran said had "vilified" Rosmah.

Then the Singapore big guns start their salvo. First it was george teo and then followed by lee hsien loong . The Singapore PM called for objectivity in the reports.

As in all things in Singapore, when the big guns say something, you better buckle up.

So now it was reporter in asiaone as such:

The Singapore media has sobered up its coverage of Malaysian politics after a bout of feverish reporting since the March 8 general election.

“They do publish some Malaysian reports but no specific mention of names, comments and reactions.

No more slanted reports had appeared on Datin Seri Rosmah Mansor, wife of Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak.

Malaysian High Commission second secretary Azhan Mohamed Yasin is a happy man as he said there were no more reports bearing lurid headlines of "turmoil" in Malaysia.

As far as I know, the only totally free reporting newspaper in the world, can only be found in “India”….. this is a fact. Don’t believe me, just try reading some of the papers from India, then you will know what I mean…..cheers

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