When Joceline Tan once wrote in passing that Buletin Mutiara, the Penang government publication which is distributed to the entire state is filled with photographs of Kim Guan Eng “grinning broadly, attending dinners, inspecting project sites and carrying babies”, not many of us quite realised the great extent of truth in her description.
Glancing at the latest issue of Buletin Mutiara online however, I found that almost every page of the magazine from cover to back is indeed plastered with photos of the chief minister.
Nonetheless, I felt that the editor-in-chief, i.e. Yap Yee Ling – director of the state government Communication Department who apologized for the derogatory “Melayu celup kopi” label slapped on mamaks by Buletin Mutiara in its Tinta Pengarang not too long ago – had failed to satisfactorily caption the pictures such that they explained what was really happening at the VIP events.
Thus I’ve volunteered here my editorial expertise free of charge in preparing more appropriate speech bubbles, as below. All photos are taken from the May issue of Buletin Mutiara.
You may remember Special Officer Chan Lilian. She’s the Buletin Mutiara assistant editor who uploads their stuff, including to Facebook. So now you know who’s responsible for all the gushing over Our Beloved Chief Minister.
She also gives headlines like this one:
The saga continues: The secret thoughts of Our Beloved Chief Minister (2)
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