NOTE: Pandora Papers mentioned further down. It’s about investigative journalism.
Malaysiakini CEO Premesh Chandran ignores the elephant in the room — self-censorship and censorship — and pontificates sanctimoniously on this and that.
This is a guy who tried blogging, and by his own admission in FaceBook, failed miserably. His piece in mediamalaysia was probably written by a ghost writer. I don’t believe that he can put two words together to form a decent sentence. I stand corrected.
He has zero credibility.
I have the right of reply on matters of public concern and public interest. I have the right of free speech. I have the right to speak up and speak out.
Malaysiakini’s syiok sendiri promotional ads for subscriptions claims that “free speech is a space we protect at malaysiakini”.
“Cakap bukan serupa bikin” (no action, talk only or NATO) and “indah khabar daripada rupa” (news is beautiful, the reality is different).
Malaysiakini should uphold the freedom of the press. Otherwise, it will never win the Nobel Prize for Atrocious Grammar or enter the Guinness Book of World Records for Terence Netto’s bombastic language about nothing in particular. There should be a law against murdering the English language under the guise of “journalism”.
Malaysiakini immediately banned my subscription account after I posted a comment on Terence Netto’s atrocious piece on Malay citizenship. He’s not Staff. In fact, he’s related to me. I did not know that until he told me.
Malay were not British subjects on the eve of Merdeka, 31 Aug 1957. They were subjects of the sultan. The sultan, Indian, Chinese, and others were British subjects. They became citizens under the Federation of Malaya Independence Act 1957 which reinforced the Federation of Malaya Agreement 1948.
No one knows how Malay became citizens in S’pore and Malaya. They were a stateless group from the Archipelago.
There’s no Malay race in the world.
How could a race that does not exist confer Malay citizenship on non-Malay? That’s the height of insanity based on collective amnesia driven by taqiyya (deliberately lying) and kitman (lying by omission) “for the cause of Islam”.
According to the Definition of Malay in Article 160(2) of the Federal Constitution, and case law, Malay is a form of identity, not race. The Constitution is colour-blind.
Malay are the descendants of Muslim who were born or domiciled in S’pore or Malaya by Merdeka, 31 Aug 1957.
They must habitually speak Malay, a combination of Indian languages and a Cambodian dialect, which became the lingua franca of the Archipelago. Today, out of every ten words spoken in Malay, five to seven are Sanskrit.
Sanskrit is used in Hindu temples. Buddhist scriptures are written in Pali, a Sanskrit dialect included in Malay. There’s also Tamil in Malay.
Bahasa M’sia includes words from local languages and dialects and English. Malay is the basis of Bahasa M’sia which has only 40K words.
Malay has 20K words.
Malay was not originated by a race.
Malay was created by Hindu and Buddhist from southeast India as lingua franca for the Archipelago.
It was used for trade, missionary activities, education and Administration.
Malaysiakini’s Commenting Terms automatically uploaded my Comment because it was not against it and the law.
Malaysiakini deleted the 2nd half of my comment. That left the comment hanging.
Community Editor Susan Loone claimed that I attacked the writer personally. I beg to disagree. Again, he’s not even Staff.
Loone indirectly admitted that she was virtually instigated by Membership Editor Lynn D’Cruz. This woman has blocked my email address. D’Cruz belabours in the delusion that she’s a hotshot journalist but seldom writes. Anyone can write once in blue moon. She came to my Blog virtually “braless and pantyless” and posted derogatory comments. IseeNoHair and immediately suffered ED.
Community Standards should be enforced by Readers, not by malaysiakini acting as the judge, jury and hangman.
Malaysiakini allows no Appeal after a subscription account is banned. That’s permanent KARMA!
Even FaceBook will be forced to lift its permanent ban on Trump in the next six months. FaceBook has been unable to justify its permanent ban on Trump. He’s launching Truth Social, an alternative social media platform.
In a contradiction in terms, malaysiakini has been harassing me on renewing my subscription. Some of the emails were from D’Cruz. Others were from Premesh Chandran and Steven Gan. The computer at malaysiakini is really very stupid. At the same time, malaysiakini refuses to lift the ban on my subscription account.
I used to have a complimentary premium account for many years until Sept last year. They did away with the premium account — it means access to Archives — and claimed that they never had any such account. I was Sabah Correspondent for many years.
As long as the ban on my subscription account continues, I will not renew my subscription. It’s a matter of principle. So, it’s permanent KARMA for malaysiakini although I love to hate the online news portal “because they are there”.
Malaysiakini should also unblock the ban on my email address and stop automatically routing mail to the Spam folder.
There are also other unresolved issues between malaysiakini and me. Senior lawyer Rakhbir Singh has the file on these issues.
Don’t take my word for it. Ask Rakhbir. I helped him fight a RM75m defamation case against Steven Gan, one Sohon Singh and myself.
Apparently, according to Deep Throat, Malaysiakini has been misleading the staff on these issues. It should be ashamed of itself.
Malaysiakini reportedly expressed no remorse after facilitating contempt of court by five subscribers.
I agree that it looks bad that the court, accepting a letter of representation, dropped 46 charges against Musa Aman and discharged and acquitted him.
These charges, as explained in the letter, should have never been brought against Musa. It was an abuse of the process. Switzerland, Hong Kong and AG Gani Patail found no case against Musa.
Musa himself admitted in court that he received RM385m in political donations. It may have even been US$385m political donations.
The question that arises is why IRB did not go after him for not declaring donations above RM5K as required by law. It used to be RM1K.
We also don’t know whether IRB sent Musa a tax bill for the RM385m. I am sure that Musa will be happy to pay the tax. I did some pieces on Musa after he was unconstitutionally removed on Sat 12 May 2018 by the PTI. We have never met. The majority decision by the Federal Court on Tues 1 Sept last year refers.
The question also arises on money laundering. Bank Negara did not take action on the RM385m. These assets can be forfeited by civil action. No criminal suits will be instituted unless the civil action is challenged.
International law defines money laundering as accumulating assets far in excess of what could be legitimately acquired during a lifetime.
Malaysiakini never followed up on these issues. Instead, it hypocritically holds courses in investigative journalism for gullible members of the paying public.
Malaysiakini avoids investigative journalism like the plague. I sent them an Opinion piece on the RM100m “missing in action” every year since 2013. According to Deep Throat, it automatically went to the Spam Folder and was deleted.
Since Malay are preventing Opposition Leader Anwar Ibrahim from being PM, he would capitalise on the Pandora Papers to fix those who have been sabotaging him.
Also, malaysiakini does not connect the dots in comment pieces. Instead, it compiles known facts and passes that off as Opinion. There are no Opinions. The malaysiakini comment pieces are in fact newsfeatures and features. In Terence Netto’s case, it’s verbal diarrhoea that stinks like Hell.
Malaysiakini still bitches on the RM500K fine imposed on it by the Federal Court for allegedly “facilitating” contempt of court. The word along the grapevine is that one top businessman paid the entire fine. Chief Editor Steven Gan and CEO Premesh Chandran are lucky they were not jailed and the keys thrown away. PAS would have imposed 1K lashes and stoned them to death before beheading and pouring camel urine over them a la Taliban.
By malaysiakini’s own Commenting Terms and Community Standards, the duo and malaysiakini were guilty as charged. Therein lies the spirit of the law.
In the rule of law, the basis of the Constitution, there’s greater emphasis on the spirit of the law, read with the letter of the law.
It was malaysiakini which explained, a la kamikaze and/or hara kiri, its Commenting Terms to the Federal Court. It hanged itself voluntarily by leaving out the crucial fact that these Commenting Terms are programmed and could easily delete contempt of court. In that case, the Commenting Terms mechanism would automatically not allow errant BolehLand comments to be posted.
Malaysiakini made a fatal flaw in law. The court found it guilty based on this implicit admission.
Try posting a comment in malaysiakini which includes Pariah, Melayu and Keling. It would not be uploaded because “Malay” were formerly Pariah when they were Hindu. The Commenting Terms mechanism would automatically block the entire comment.
The day that there are no longer subscriber comments in malaysiakini, it would die overnight.
Don’t take my word for it.
Subscribers themselves say that they don’t read malaysiakini stories. They are only interested in reading what other subscribers post. They have reduced the Comment Forum to an online syiok sendiri KopiTiam by degeneration, deviation, distortion and moral depravity. The pandemic has increased the tempo and the Comment Forum is working itself up into a feverish pitch.
So, malaysiakini has cut down drastically on the number of stories uploaded. It only needs a certain minimum number of stories to keep hysterical subscriber comments going.
Subscribers read the headlines and start posting comments.
Then, they respond to what other subscribers have posted. The great majority of subscribers are anti-gov’t anarchists and wannabe Tamil Tiger terrorists who should be put in leaky boats for tongsan, or anywhere, but Australia.
Sometimes, there are wars of words going on all over the place.
I never responded to subscriber comments. I commented on the stories. 5K, 10K and even 15K characters.
The gov’t cares two hoots for malaysiakini stories. It’s only concerned about subscriber comments. That’s why the AG went after malaysiakini to send a strong message that a line has to drawn somewhere, lest Pandora’s Box open. No court would allow the floodgates to open.
NOTE: Longtime Borneo watcher Joe Fernandez keeps a keen eye on M’sia as a legal scholar (jurist).
He was formerly Chief Editor of Sabah Times. He’s not to be mistaken for a namesake previously with Daily Express.