Media dead, not willing to do what needs to be done

https://www.malaysiakini.com/letters/507888

The media can keep itself alive through investigative journalism, straight news reporting, covering the court of public opinion, story telling and comment pieces/columns/editorials that connect the dots.

The right of free speech means speaking up and speaking out.

The media should give the right of reply.

Nobody is interested in the comment pieces/columns in MK, for example.

The media is dead because they are not willing to do what needs to be done.

The social media is very unforgiving. Only really extraordinary posts will generate hits.

The most effective influencers are individuals sharing with other individuals, but not in groups, and the message being viralled. Here, there’s an element of privacy and confidentiality in privileged communication.

Although the Constitution guarantees the right of free speech, not many people are willing to exercise that right to speak up and speak out.

They live in fear of fear itself.

That includes the media.

MA63 . . .

The Orang Asal, for example, need leaders who will exercise their right to free speech and speak up and speak out, without fear or favour.

There must be leadership and political will.

The Orang Asal are plagued by leaders who hang on to BoMa/SoCaMa (bogus Malay and/or so-called Malay) balls to fill their pockets.

Invoking Article VIII of the Malaysia Agreement 1963 (MA63) is the remedy, the way forward. But this has not been done despite the passage of over 50 years.

The media remains silent. The Bar Council remains silent.

What’s the basis for North Borneo and Sarawak to be with Malaya in Malaysia?

The British did not pass self-gov’t and independence Acts for North Borneo and Sarawak before they left on 16 Sept 1963.

The British passed self-gov’t (1955) and independence Acts (1957) for Malaya after the Federation of Malaya Agreement 1948 to bring together the Federated Malay States, Unfederated Malay States and the Straits Settlements of Penang and Malacca.

The British passed the self-gov’t Act for Singapore in 1955.

Singapore obtained independence from Malaysia in 1965.

There was a Yes/No vote before Singapore helped form Malaysia in 1963.

In North Borneo and Sarawak, there was only a UN/Cobbold Commission exercise covering 4, 000 people.

Apparently, one third (mostly Chinese) was against Malaysia, another third (mostly Orang Asal) wanted further details and a period of independence before considering Malaysia, only one third (mostly Muslims) supported the idea of Malaysia.

Peaceful co-existence . . .

In order to ensure balance of terror for peaceful co-existence, Sabah and Sarawak should deploy the main weapons in their arsenal against the Federal gov’t/Petronas, viz.

Firstly, Invoke Article VIII of MA63;

Secondly, sue Petronas in overseas jurisdictions where the Company has assets and/or operations;

Thirdly, sue the Federal gov’t and related entitities in overseas jurisdictions where it has assets and/or activities; and

Fourthly, in the case of China’s encroachments into the South China Sea waters of Sabah and Sarawak, the onus is on the Federal gov’t to take appropriate action, failing which the Borneo nations can consider suitable action against the Federal gov’t in overseas jurisdictions.

Malaya . . .

In Malaya, the media is yet to note that Indians for example can’t get even cendol licences from local authorities.

The situation will not change unless local gov’t elections are brought back.

The plight of Indians in particular, in Malaya, was created by degeneration, deviation and distortion of the Definition of Malay in Article 160.

Malay in Article 160 is not race. The Definition is an artificial construct, an aberration in law, bad law, it does not inherently exist, as if it never existed.

The Constitution is colour blind.

Indians are also bogged down, plagued, by an evil caste system imposed by the degeneration, deviation and distortion of Article 153 and the NEP which have brought in the notorious quota system even in critical disciplines.

The brightest and best must lead the way for All.

Author: fernzthegreat

Joe Fernandez holds a honours degree in management, majoring in economics, and has opted from academia in law to being a jurist. He was trained professionally on the job as a journalist. He's a longtime Borneo watcher, keen on the history and legal aspects of Malaya's presence in Sabah and Sarawak. He teaches the English language privately and has emerged as a subject matter expert in public examination techniques.

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