“Super media editor” for cyberspace?


From left: Editorial Advisor to New Straits Times, Kalimullah Hassan; Information Minister Zainuddin Maidin; Prime Minister Abdullah “sleepy” Badawi: PM’s son-in-law who holds no official government post but is allegedly the most powerful person in the country, Khairy Jamaluddin; and Tourism Minister Adnan “bloggers are liars and most are unemployed women” Mansor.
Poster by Mob’s Crib.

Soon, Malaysia will have broadband wifi access everywhere.

The nation’s most widely read English-language newspaper, The Star, reported today:

“WiMAX, a technology that enables wireless broadband access, is close to being implemented nationwide after the Government awarded four companies yesterday with licences to operate such networks.”

But our Internal Security Deputy Minister Fu Ah Kiow told national news agency BERNAMA also today:

“As the deputy minister responsible in enforcing the Act, sometimes I’ve to call up to remind the media concerned when sensitive issues are published.

“While some accepted the reprimand, others feel I am a super media editor.”

So, Malaysia is now the only country in the world to have a “SUPER MEDIA EDITOR”. WOW, another first for the cartoon cabinet!

He was referring to the draconian Printing Presses and Publications Act 1984 which was passed during longest-serving (some 22 years from 1981 to 2003) Prime Minister and sometimes labelled “dictatorial” Mahathir Mohamad’s “reign to ruin”.

The media he was referring to is called “mainstream media” in Malaysia.

As Rocky’s Bru defined the term:

“Mainstream media refer to newspapers that are owned directly or indirectly by political parties form the ruling coalition or those that enjoy a close rapport with the government. They include Star, dailies under the New Straits Times Press, Sun, and newspapers in the Utusan Melayu group.”

What will the “super media editor” do when internet penetration explodes with WiMAX? Will he be calling up all the “cyber editors”? Well, if so, good luck.

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