I have started earlier writing on some matters that I think would be part and parcel in consideration when voting in GE13.
One of the matters was media and PR, considering most of the time PR claims media isn’t open and free in Malaysia under BN. The article was done back in May 2011.
One year or so has passed, and today, I want to re-visit the matters again, especially there are some active developments that I could see and experienced myself.
In the 2011 article, I was left wondering how it will look like if Pakatan Rakyat is the federal government. Back then, I took a picture of TV Kelantan, and if that’s the way, it would be promising to see good religious programmes for Malaysians to watch. However, in the very same article, I did ask, that’s the picture if PAS behind such media but how about PKR and DAP.
At that point of time, I didn’t take TV Selangor in picture. As at few minutes ago, this is how TV Selangor website looks like:
TV Selangor is media for Selangor state government. IF by that definition, I have no further comments on how TV Selangor present themselves, their coverage (mainly on Pakatan Rakyat) and what ever contents they want to put in. Yes, by technicality, Pakatan Rakyat is the state government, and up to them what and how to do with it.
However, in the same time, we also heard for RTM, being the media for Federal government to open up and give Pakatan Rakyat some space and air time for them to have reports on them, their side of story and space to present their manifesto. According to them, RTM is people’s media.
For few days or so, I was having active discussions with YB Khalid Samad, an MP for Shah Alam on few matters, including media, freedom of speech. The communication is done via twitter, where readers can follow and read our discussion openly.
Before I go any further, kudos to YB Khalid Samad for active communication and response given to me. I am also glad I was not being blocked (and still not being blocked as at I am writing down this article), unlike a PKR strategist, who recently blocked me for unknown reason. By far, I have not tweeting him with harsh or dirty words.. so.. I don’t know why I am being blocked. Whatever it is, to Rafizi Ramli, thank you for the past communication and response given, including a direct message to my twitter inbox in regards to issue pertaining to your salary not long time ago.
In my communication with YB Khalid Samad, I asked for Pakatan Rakyat to walk the talk in proving they are the champion in freedom of speech. Since time and time Pakatan Rakyat has been saying Barisan Nasional isn’t giving space, I would like to see how Pakatan Rakyat prove they are the champion. With 4 states in hand, pretty much Malaysians can be shown how they will manage freedom of speech and media once they are in power as federal government. Further to add, I don’t ask them to surrender their media. All I asked is for them to walk the talk, to prove they are championing freedom of speech by giving fair coverage.
However, I can see some reluctance for Pakatan Rakyat to start first by showing that they are capable of handling freedom of speech. The standard answer that I got is, wait until Pakatan Rakyat become the federal government, then they will show.
Oh well, anyway, for now, this is how RTM website looks like (which I yet to find any logo of BN, UMNO, MCA or MIC on the web page… unlike TV Selangor)
I know RTM’s website is a little bit dull, but I can’t see political party(ies) logo in the websites.
For now, I am done with official media. Yes, in official media, RTM covers more on what Federal Government is doing, and as state official media, TV Selangor is also doing their job in the interest of state government. If one opines RTM unfair, so does TV Selangor should be as guilty.
Now.. as for alternative media…
On portals and blogs, both sides having their way and content of reporting. I do agree some spinning done, and we can see both sides having the ugly sides when coming into presenting their side of story.
Same goes with facebook and twitter.
However, being experiencing myself, I having more doubts that Pakatan Rakyat is championing freedom of speech. I have heard before that some Pakatan Rakyat personnels blocking people but some of pro PR said to me that some are blocked because of cursing and using harsh words.
For some reason, I do believe that. I do believe that some need to be blocked for not being able to communicate with good language.
However, being myself blocked by PKR strategist who being asked on the mechanism of reducing car prices (without me ever cursing), I have to say.. I am not amazed if media will be more stricter if PR come into power. Simple.. if a free media, accessible to anyone also wanted to be controlled and blocked, what will happen to paid media?
So, in the brink of GE13 which may be announced when DS Najib wants to announce it, I urge my dear readers to read more than just a source. If possible, read both sides. Get clarifications.
Question on the street: When nearly everyday both sides attacking each other, how do you evaluate news and what do you hope for from both sides’ media?