Open Letter to Malaysiakini on human beings

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For longer comments, please send them as an article or a ‘Letter to the Editor’ to editor@malaysiakini.com

The above doesn’t seem to be working. I had to send to subscribe@malaysiakini which replied to my gmail but not yahoo.

Malaysiakini seems to be having a lot of IT issues.

We can’t have machines dealing with human beings.

Dear Editor,

I hope that my yahoo is no longer blocked and this email finds you. I believe it has been blocked for months by IT to prevent me from sending comment pieces.

This is a violation of malaysiakini’s commenting terms.

Malaysiakini must get away from having machines deal with human beings.

I suggest that columns, comments and letters which merely compile known facts and pass them off as Opinion, be filed as NewsFeatures.

Otherwise, it’s misleading. No one wants to read compilations of known facts. This is evident from the comments of subscribers. Many even openly confess that they don’t read what’s above but only what other subscribers have posted.

They can guess the story from what subscribers post.

The only reason they subscribe is to reply to other subscribers. They have a little world going all on their own.

It’s stands to reason that only op-eds that connect the dots be run as columns, comments and letters.

So far, for example, I have yet to see even one piece in malaysiakini which connects the dots on Trump.

Of course, we can’t be too critical lest we end up with no writers. Thanks

rgds

Joe Fernandez

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For longer comments, please send them as an article or a ‘Letter to the Editor’ to editor@malaysiakini.com

Dear Mr Joe Fernandez,

Thanks very much for writing to us with regards to your commenting status.

The Malaysiakini commenting system is governed by a moderating system which calculates the quality of interaction of our commenters with our commenting system. We have fully investigated your account and due to the fact that Ms Susan Loone has found your recent comments to be of good quality, we have adjusted the system so that your comments will from now on appear automagically.

We hope that you will now enjoy a frictionless experience and continue to share your wonderful insights with the Malaysian public.

Thanks once again and do feel free to write to us if you ever encounter any problems with your commenting rights.

Kind regards,
Lynn D’Cruz
Chief Membership Officer
Malaysiakini

Note: In a msg to my blog, she said I was a dirty sociopath, pervert and slanderer.

https://www.yourdictionary.com/pervert

https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/basics/sociopathy

https://legal-dictionary.thefreedictionary.com/Slanderer

https://m.facebook.com/story.php?story_fbid=10158938727021754&id=630941753

Premesh Chandran

Joe Fernandez, it should be fine as long as you dont include any links

Joe Fernandez

Premesh Chandran, No links. The comment I wanted to post is above.

Joe Fernandez

Premesh Chandran, According to Malaysiakini’s commenting terms, longer comments should be sent to editor@malaysiakini.com

When I send to the email, there’s no acknowledgement. The comment is not published.

I feel that malaysiakini has blocked my email addresses:

jfernandez14@yahoo.co.uk

fernandezjoe07@gmail.com

I don’t trust organisations run by computers, robotics and AI.

Where are the human beings?

Susan Loone

Joe, I did not moderate or reject / ban your posts/comments. We are checking now as to why this is happening.

Premesh Chandran

Joe Fernandez, we don’t use bots or AI. We dont block emails unless you send us spam. We also dont reply all submissions. We do get a lot.

Joe Fernandez

Premesh Chandran, I don’t send spam. I send comments on Malaysiakini stories. I don’t send every few minutes. I send once in a way.

Susan,

Why so many problems with my subscription?

Pls stop sabotaging my subscription and email.

A msg popped up to thank me and say the Moderation team will review the Comment shortly.

I posted the following Comment under

https://www.malaysiakini.com/news/553810

Umno with 25 seats can join the new Perak gov’t without Bersatu 5, PAS 3 and one Independent.

PH with 24 seats can join hands with Umno provided the former gets the MB post. PH has 5 from Amanah, 3 from PKR and 16 from DAP.

UPDATED . . .

2 thoughts on “Open Letter to Malaysiakini on human beings”

PC says:

Dec 6, 2020 at 1:08 am

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Mr Fernandez,

Kindly stop posting stuff about our staff and Malaysiakini in a disparaging way in your blogs trying to make us appear in a bad light. I feel you have a chip on your shoulders and some emotional baggage you need to shed.

PC

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fernzthegreat says:

Dec 6, 2020 at 1:28 am

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Lynn, why are you hiding under PC?

I recognise your English.

Use your real name when writing to subscribers. Mana boleh macam ini?

I stand corrected.

It’s not about having a chip on the shoulders — whatever it means — and having emotional baggage to shed. That’s anti-Trump style crap.

Journalism is about bad news.

If journalism was not about bad news, then I can perhaps be accused of having a chip on the shoulders and having some emotional baggage to shed.

Again, I am a jurist in progress. I am not supposed to be emotional.

It can only be about the issues in conflict between the parties in dispute.

We can’t pretend there are no issues. I have mentioned these before. I have no wish to repeat them here since I will be taking up the matter in the High Court to get a declaration on a point of law.

Don’t worry, it won’t be ex-parte. Malaysiakini will be given the opportunity to intervene. I will call lawyer Rakhbir Singh as my witness. Alternatively, settle the matter with the lawyer. I have been restraining him so far.

Otherwise, he can also go after malaysiakini hammer and tongs. He asked me to be his witness. I agreed.

On a separate, but related matter, I have the right to comment on the content of columns, comment pieces, and letters in malaysiakini.

One point I haven’t mentioned is the news stories in malaysiakini. They are either not structured or badly structured.

It’s not the done thing to take the CNN-fake news approach and spin grandmother’s stories.

Play news stories straight.

Structure them in the inverted pyramid format.

Don’t copy paste old material to give length to the stories. Just one word will do to link a story to previous stories.

Malaysiakini should not be like the ostrich with its head buried in the sand or the proverbial three monkeys who see no evil, speak no evil and hear no evil.

Having said that, it can’t be said that I don’t love malaysiakini.

I do as the former Sabah correspondent for four years — malaysiakini never expressed any gratitude and instead tried to taroh me kaw kaw — reader and subscriber.

I am trying to save malaysiakini from itself. It’s because I love malaysiakini. It used to be about making a difference.

Karmic forces exhaust themselves sooner or later.

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FOOTNOTE . . .

A jurist is a person with expert knowledge of law; someone who analyses and comments on law.

This person is usually a specialist legal scholar—not necessarily with a formal qualification in law or a legal practitioner, although in the United States the term “jurist” may be applied to a judge as well.

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fernzthegreat says:

Dec 6, 2020 at 4:47 am

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This is about issues in conflict between the parties in dispute.

The main issue is that malaysiakini failed to settle lawyer Rakhbir Singh’s fees.

Instead, it wants me to pay half the fees on the grounds that I was not staff. No court will say that I am not staff. Even if I am not staff, the court will not accept that I have to pay half the fees. Lawyer Rakhbir Singh does not want me to pay half his fees.

For the record, the malaysiakini board of directors gave a letter to the High Court that I was not the author of the Article mentioned in court during the RM75m defamation case although it was under my byline.

In law, the sub-editor was the last person to touch the Article, and therefore I was not the author. My emailed Article to malaysiakini was privileged communication and need not be disclosed in court.

Steven Gan disclosed that the litigant told him behind the court house that he was not against malaysiakini but your’s truly for giving space to Jeffrey Kitingan’s attacks against him.

Steven Gan sent an email stating that malaysiakini won’t publish my Articles until lawyer Rakhbir Singh’s fees are settled. Even if I was the author of the errant Article, no court will accept that I have to pay half of lawyer Rakhbir Singh’s fees.It must be noted that malaysiakini collects donations from readers for its legal fund.

There will be very few journalists in the world if publishers tell the court that their writers would have to pay half the legal fees and compensation, if any, for the other side.

Even then, malaysiakini published several of my Articles on the Sabah RCI and re-imposed the blacklisting.

So far, malaysiakini hasn’t paid lawyer Rakhbir Singh even one sen. It paid the RM1K appearance fees when I was served. After Steven Gan was served, it refused to pay the RM1K appearance fee. It claimed the earlier RM1K was for Gan.

Malaysiakini not only wants me to pay half of lawyer Rakhbir Singh’s fees, it wants a big discount on their half.

I need only two emails in court. The first from Steven Gan inviting me to be the Sabah correspondent. This was after I had been writing for the website for quite some time.

The other from Gan was blacklisting me until ostensibly lawyer Rakhbir Singh’s fees were settled. In hindsight, it was a strategic mistake on my part to reply to the blacklisting email. Sxit happens!

Malaysiakini did not contribute to my EPF for all the years that I was there. Under the law, the Directors can be jailed.

It seems that malaysiakini recently told “all old people” to go. There’s no mandatory retirement age in the private sector. There’s case law on this.

Besides, journalists being professionals don’t retire. Generally, they go while working on a story.

Malaysiakini is probably not the only errant organisation.

A couple of journalists with malay mail disclosed that they were not paid EPF contributions. I believe they have since moved to malaysiakini.

I am not sure whether FMT contributes to EPF. One Senior Editor said he was denied EPF contributions. To add insult to injury, he found his salary arbitrarily reduced by RM3K a month for ten months without the permission of the Labour Dept.

The court knows what to disregard.

Those who make wild claims — read malaysiakini — in court will be referred to the nearest hospital for an evaluation and institutionalised for life to keep the public from harm.

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https://m.facebook.com/story.php?story_fbid=10158814140863620&id=522048619

Helen Fernandez, Eric Fernandez, Camillia Fernandez, Val Fernandez, Mary Joy Navida Fernandez, Joseph Joe, Joe Galasius, Albert Joenn, Joe Samuel, Joe Ritche, Helen Khaw, Helen De Silva, Helo Chan, Helldy John Dee J, Bob Brian Eric, Vince Camillus, Valerie Thomas, Razo Valdemar, Valentine Lo Ji Kim, Binus Valentine Malanjang,

Malaysiakini declares war on Joe Fernandez!

I will stop visiting the website until I feel comfortable again. I did stop reading malaysiakini from 2000 to 2008.

https://m.facebook.com/groups/190875090951062/permalink/3664877730217430/

Dear Members, Malaysiakini has apparently declared war on Joe Fernandez for pointing out that they failed to pay lawyer Rakhbir Singh’s fees.

They have also blacklisted me until I pay half the fees.

I will be happy to share the details.

Hopefully, it’s not too boring.

https://m.facebook.com/groups/190875090951062/permalink/3664877730217430/

Joe Fernandez

Bob Teoh, Perhaps, as an honest broker and former NUJ/ACJ official, you can try and make peace between us.

Bob Teoh

Joe Fernandez, pls tell me how i can help and what are your expectations?

Joe Fernandez

Bob Teoh, pls advise Steven Gan and Premesh Chandran to write to lawyer Rakhbir Singh since they want a discount.

They should not insist that I pay half the Bill.

Also, they should lift the blacklisting imposed on me.

Bob Teoh

Joe Fernandez, let me see if I can do anything.

Joe Fernandez

Bob Teoh, Thanks. Appreciate it.

Joe Fernandez

Bob Teoh, I also want to claim EPF contributions from malaysiakini.

Malaysiakini did not contribute to my EPF for all the years that I was there. Under the law, the Directors can be jailed.

In hindsight, it was a strategic mistake on my part to reply to the blacklisting email. Sxit happens!

It seems that malaysiakini recently told “all old people” to go. There’s no mandatory retirement age in the private sector. There’s case law on this.

Besides, journalists being professionals don’t retire. Generally, they go while working on a story.

Malaysiakini is probably not the only errant organisation.

A couple of journalists with malay mail disclosed that they were not paid EPF contributions. I believe they have since moved to malaysiakini.

I am not sure whether FMT contributes to EPF. One Senior Editor said he was denied EPF contributions. To add insult to injury, he found his salary arbitrarily reduced by RM3K a month for ten months without the permission of the Labour Dept.

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.

9 thoughts on “Open Letter to Malaysiakini on human beings”

  1. This is about issues in conflict between the parties in dispute.

    The main issue is that malaysiakini failed to settle lawyer Rakhbir Singh’s fees.

    Instead, it wants me to pay half the fees on the grounds that I was not staff. No court will say that I am not staff. Even if I am not staff, the court will not accept that I have to pay half the fees. Lawyer Rakhbir Singh does not want me to pay half his fees.

    For the record, the malaysiakini board of directors gave a letter to the High Court that I was not the author of the Article mentioned in court during the RM75m defamation case although it was under my byline.

    In law, the sub-editor was the last person to touch the Article, and therefore I was not the author. My emailed Article to malaysiakini was privileged communication and need not be disclosed in court.

    Steven Gan disclosed that the litigant told him behind the court house that he was not against malaysiakini but your’s truly for giving space to Jeffrey Kitingan’s attacks against him.

    Steven Gan sent an email stating that malaysiakini won’t publish my Articles until lawyer Rakhbir Singh’s fees are settled. Even if I was the author of the errant Article, no court will accept that I have to pay half of lawyer Rakhbir Singh’s fees.It must be noted that malaysiakini collects donations from readers for its legal fund.

    There will be very few journalists in the world if publishers tell the court that their writers would have to pay half the legal fees and compensation, if any, for the other side.

    Even then, malaysiakini published several of my Articles on the Sabah RCI and re-imposed the blacklisting.

    So far, malaysiakini hasn’t paid lawyer Rakhbir Singh even one sen. It paid the RM1K appearance fees when I was served. After Steven Gan was served, it refused to pay the RM1K appearance fee. It claimed the earlier RM1K was for Gan.

    Malaysiakini not only wants me to pay half of lawyer Rakhbir Singh’s fees, it wants a big discount on their half.

    I need only two emails in court. The first from Steven Gan inviting me to be the Sabah correspondent. This was after I had been writing for the website for quite some time.

    The other from Gan was blacklisting me until ostensibly lawyer Rakhbir Singh’s fees were settled. In hindsight, it was a strategic mistake on my part to reply to the blacklisting email. Sxit happens!

    Malaysiakini did not contribute to my EPF for all the years that I was there. Under the law, the Directors can be jailed.

    It seems that malaysiakini recently told “all old people” to go. There’s no mandatory retirement age in the private sector. There’s case law on this.

    Besides, journalists being professionals don’t retire. Generally, they go while working on a story.

    Malaysiakini is probably not the only errant organisation.

    A couple of journalists with malay mail disclosed that they were not paid EPF contributions. I believe they have since moved to malaysiakini.

    I am not sure whether FMT contributes to EPF. One Senior Editor said he was denied EPF contributions. To add insult to injury, he found his salary arbitrarily reduced by RM3K a month for ten months without the permission of the Labour Dept.

    The court knows what to disregard.

    Those who make wild claims — read malaysiakini — in court will be referred to the nearest hospital for an evaluation and institutionalised for life to keep the public from harm.

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  2. Mr Fernandez,
    Kindly stop posting stuff about our staff and Malaysiakini in a disparaging way in your blogs trying to make us appear in a bad light. I feel you have a chip on your shoulders and some emotional baggage you need to shed.
    PC

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    1. Lynn, why are you hiding under PC?

      I recognise your English.

      Use your real name when writing to subscribers. Mana boleh macam ini?

      I stand corrected.

      It’s not about having a chip on the shoulders — whatever it means — and having emotional baggage to shed. That’s anti-Trump style crap.

      Journalism is about bad news.

      If journalism was not about bad news, then I can perhaps be accused of having a chip on the shoulders and having some emotional baggage to shed.

      Again, I am a jurist in progress. I am not supposed to be emotional.

      It can only be about the issues in conflict between the parties in dispute.

      We can’t pretend there are no issues. I have mentioned these before. I have no wish to repeat them here since I will be taking up the matter in the High Court to get a declaration on a point of law.

      Don’t worry, it won’t be ex-parte. Malaysiakini will be given the opportunity to intervene. I will call lawyer Rakhbir Singh as my witness. Alternatively, settle the matter with the lawyer. I have been restraining him so far.

      Otherwise, he can also go after malaysiakini hammer and tongs. He asked me to be his witness. I agreed.

      On a separate, but related matter, I have the right to comment on the content of columns, comment pieces, and letters in malaysiakini.

      One point I haven’t mentioned is the news stories in malaysiakini. They are either not structured or badly structured.

      It’s not the done thing to take the CNN-fake news approach and spin grandmother’s stories.

      Play news stories straight.

      Structure them in the inverted pyramid format.

      Don’t copy paste old material to give length to the stories. Just one word will do to link a story to previous stories.

      Malaysiakini should not be like the ostrich with its head buried in the sand or the proverbial three monkeys who see no evil, speak no evil and hear no evil.

      Having said that, it can’t be said that I don’t love malaysiakini.

      I do as the former Sabah correspondent for four years — malaysiakini never expressed any gratitude and instead tried to taroh me kaw kaw — reader and subscriber.

      I am trying to save malaysiakini from itself. It’s because I love malaysiakini. It used to be about making a difference.

      Karmic forces exhaust themselves sooner or later.

      FOOTNOTE . . .

      A jurist is a person with expert knowledge of law; someone who analyses and comments on law.

      This person is usually a specialist legal scholar—not necessarily with a formal qualification in law or a legal practitioner, although in the United States the term “jurist” may be applied to a judge as well.

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