M’sian Insider report sparked Malaysiakini tiff with M’sia Chronicle

October 15, 2011 at 1:42 am 4 comments

A Battle of the Online Media erupted recently with a flurry of speculation, allegations and hurried denials by their respective editors.

The still unfolding saga started with the two English online media – both which Umno senator Ezam Mohd Noor once threatened to ‘burn’ (read here) – with one, The Malaysian Insider, reporting that the other, Malaysiakini, was in talks to give its news to The Malay Mail in exchange for shares in the newspaper.

The Insider article by editor Jahabar Sadiq titled ‘Umno realigns media units with eye towards polls‘ prompted Malaysiakini CEO Premesh Chandran to issue an immediate denial and editor-in-chief Steven Gan to write a rebuttal the next day.

Premesh’s statement was headlined ‘No truth in M’kini-Malay Mail share swap claim’ while Steven’s was ‘M’kini selling out to Umno? Over our dead bodies‘.

The melodramatic ‘langkah mayat kami’ is in response to Malaysia Chronicle which carried the following articles:

For the record, Chronicle editor Wong Choon Mei was formerly an editor with Malaysiakini.

Yup, lots of editors tripping all over each other. Another former one is Chuah Siew Eng (click) who wrote a defence of Malaysiakini.

Insider and Malaysiakini’s Cina Bangsar readers

This blog previously did a short posting on the Malaysian Insider readers giving 729 thumbs down to a guy ‘Ahmad’ who made a critical comment about Namewee (read here).

But let’s now take a look at the Malaysiakini readership.

Premesh in his statement had said:

“There is no truth in the allegations that Malaysiakini will be sold to Umno-backed interests.”

He also added that the news portal [Chronicle] made no attempt to contact Malaysiakini for verification.

I had put in a comment in response to Premesh (screenshot below).

Please allow me to explain:

Premesh had complained about his rival on the very same thing that his own media company is doing, that is, making no attempt to ascertain the veracity of a report by first contacting the person (badmouthed in their Malaysiakini articles) to seek clarification.

For example, would Ummi Hafilda Ali have filed her RM100 million defamation lawsuit against Malaysiakini as second defendant if the reporter had made an attempt to get her side of the story?

What I said about Malaysiakini allowing its readers to simply post vile abuse and libelous slurs plucked from thin air — without an ounce of substantiation — can be easily glimpsed in the Comments section to the Ummi article, or indeed in any one of their articles feedback where the person(s) targetted are disdained by the Pakatan supporters.

Below is a screenshot of personal attacks made by Malaysiakini readers on Chua Soi Lek’s son, with one of the Anonymice even asking Chua Tee Yong to do a DNA check to determine his paternity — an insult which implies that Mrs Chua had cheated on her husband.

(Taken from Malaysiakini 25 Jan 2011 article, ‘Tee Yong’s U-turn on alcohol row’/Credit: HartalMSM)

Do the readers possess an iota of proof to back up all their vicious and wild accusations that get published in Malaysiakini?

Thus I believe that my comment yesterday directed at Malaysiakini CEO Premesh about allowing his readers “to post accusations by the truckloads that have ‘no truth’ in them”  is a valid rebuke.

And guess what?

Plus more of the same. So there you go — the Bangsar Malaysia readership. Malaysiakini is after all the favourite hangout of the Malaysian First crowd because being the most supportive of their idols. The second favourite watering hole is the Malaysian Insider.

The last time Ezam mengamok and made threats against the Malaysian Insider and Malaysiakini. This time around, he’s learned to control himself and made a police report instead, requesting the authorities to probe the latter portal for its “sikap biadap, kurang ajar, dan melampaui batas” .

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4 Comments Add your own

  • 1. adieu1999  |  October 15, 2011 at 8:35 am

    Morning Helen, i jz read fairnessforall comment~ wow didnt know there’s an idiot willing to show how stupid he is.cancel subscription for didnt want to read umno lies? what about pas, pkr, dap, mca ,mic lies?Real hypocrite~ should read all n use the brain to make sense out of it. But as expected of pr supporter:most of them r zombies. and i guess dap really successful in making this fella into ABU (Asal Bukan Umno) folks…
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    Yup. Notice how these kind of folks use the most grandiose pseudonyms? Like our M’sian Firstest guy when he’s overseas goes and slam Johor (how M’sian First).

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  • 2. Charles F Moreira  |  October 15, 2011 at 12:33 pm

    If this is true, it will knock on the head all the starry-eyed myths about alternative nature of online media in Malaysia over the past 10 years or more, and at the end of the day, show that it’s business as usual and all about money talks, bullshit walks.

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  • 3. Road Runner  |  October 15, 2011 at 12:38 pm

    Just like a hardcore heroin addict. He knows that its bad and life threatening, yet willing to inject into the bloodstream just to get a few minutes of false gratification. Similarly, these groups of readers are so addicted to lies and more lies that if they are not presented with new and sensational lies, their lives becomes miserable. How they gulped with gusto and pure gratification from crude, hatred laced as well as unsubstantiated allegations posted by fellow commentators in MI, Msiakini etc. Because lies have very limited life span, they need a deluge of lies to make their day. Imagine their misery if they cant surf their favorite news blogs for one day.

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  • 4. ylchong  |  October 17, 2011 at 1:35 pm

    Dear Helen, greAtigs from YL, journo, aka Desi, blogger/BUMmer; may I reproduce this article at my Blog as I only Cut&Pastry? Thanks in advance, YL, Desi, knottyaSsusual
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    Yes, Desi pls go ahead.

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