Malaysiakini could be better with more public support

As Malaysiakini turns 21, join us in our celebration.

Agenda Malaysia, run by Rehman Rashid, started at the same time as malaysiakini. I chipped in for six months until they closed.

They paid well. RM500 to RM800 per story for “connecting the dots” on the biggest possible stories. Lesser mortals were paid RM400 a piece.

Agenda Malaysia could not get enough skilled journalists. They ran out of funds.

The mainstream media, used to churning out fake news based on rotten politics, is deader than dead.

The alternative media, which has since begun emulating the MSM, is dying.

There’s a lack of follows ups and no investigative journalism. News stories are not played straight. The columnists compile known facts and pass them off as OPINION. They lack the skill to connect the dots.

If anyone can connect the dots, the media would not publish them. The alternative media, like the MSM, also have their own Agenda.

Rehman, a marine biologist, has gone.

I met him at Nst when he was a columnist writing “The Scorpion’s Tales”. I was on the sub desk.

Three of his pieces, in as many weeks, came to me. They needed some work. I was only thinking of the poor readers. A sub editor has prerogative and discretionary powers. He or she cannot be questioned. They can choose to rewrite. They don’t change facts or rewrite columns.

Rehman turned up in a huff, three weeks later, at the sub desk. He demanded to know who subbed the pieces. He was accompanied by two other Indian Muslims, Bakar and Sheikh.

The Chief Sub Editor didn’t entertain him.

So, he marched into the Group Editor’s office and stayed there for about 30 minutes. The Group Editor didn’t entertain him.

The entire Editorial Dept was shocked the “blue eyed boy” was rebuffed. Generally, no sub editor would touch even a word on Rehman’s pieces.

Rehman and I became good friends after he learnt that columnist Bunn Nagara’s pieces also got the same Fernz treatment. Bunn Nagara never complained.

I could never bring myself to finish Rehman’s “Malaysian Journey”. I heard that it’s the only Malaysian book of its kind that went into reprint, several times.

Just to be fair, I could never bring myself to finish V.S. Naipaul’s books.

I picked up some of his books after he accused me of “not reading a word of what I have written”.

I remember that “A House for Mr Biswas” was used in Form 6 English literature. It was one of my texts. I don’t remember finishing it.

Generally, I have to read a literature book only once. After that I focus on every possible question that could be asked on characters and moral values.

In Genesis, the 1st Book of the Holy Bible, the Word of God, it’s written, “if anything has a beginning, it will have an end”.

The Holy Bible, the Word of God, is about the spiritual nature of truth.

Word of God refers to eternal laws on eternal truths. These have a spiritual nature.

Jesus said, “you shall know the truth and the truth shall set you free.”

“The truth, once it emerges, cannot be hidden.”

“It will be shouted from the rooftops.”

What does this mean?

It means that truth has a life of its own.

Once it’s recognised, it emerges.

It must come into its own. There’s fruition.

Jesus said, “if you have faith, even though it be as tiny as a grain of mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, ‘uproot thyself and plant thyself in the sea’ and it will obey you”.

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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