JELEBU, April 19 (Bernama) — Information, Communication and Culture Minister Datuk Seri Dr Rais Yatim has urged private television (TV) and radio stations to change by putting national interest above commercial value.
He would be meeting the management of private TV and radio stations soon to bring about changes as they had failed to deliver the government’s aspirations resulting in Barisan Nasional’s (BN) poor performance at the general election last year.
“People will not blame the private TV and radio stations if they had complied with the Communication and Multimedia Act 1998.
“This will not arise if the Act is followed. There are stations that do not carry messages good for nation building,” he told reporters after a cultural function at Simpang Pertang near here Sunday.
Rais however did not totally blame the media as they had been very helpful to BN over the years.
He stressed that the changes to be made by the private TV and radio stations would not affect them commercially.
“I will be looking at the role of television and radio stations in nation building. There are 34 radio stations under the government.”.
Rais said the ministry would find new ways to deliver the government aspirations to the people.
“We will look at utilising mobile phones by using SMS messages to help in nation building,” he said.
Asked about the decision to return the Bahasa Malaysia news on RTM1 to its 8pm primetime slot, Rais said it has to be done as lots of complaints were received after it was shifted to 9pm.
“Going against what the public wants is not good for a government TV station,” he added.
It is hard to agree with what an blithering idiot has to say, but I’ll make an exception today.
Rais Yatim, I AGREE wholeheartedly with you that private TV and radio stations AND paper media that you successfully whipped into submission to be part of the government’s propaganda machine had failed to deliver the government’s aspirations resulting in Barisan Nasional’s (BN) poor performance at the general perfomance last year!
Sack the editors! You know why? Because they still FAIL! After Muhyiddin Yasin blamed the media for misquoting, misinterpreting, mistranslated his ‘Chinese are ungrateful’ statement, now The Star and Utusan Malaysia seem to be trapped in confusion. Poor MSM.
(Utusan Malaysia, 19 April 2009) – Ahli Parlimen Johor Bahru, Datuk Shahrir Abdul Samad berkata, jambatan bengkok menghubungkan Malaysia-Singapura wajar diteruskan.
Kata beliau, jambatan yang menghubungkan Tanjung Puteri di Johor dan Woodlands di Singapura itu boleh dilaksanakan dengan semangat setia kawan antara kedua-dua negara.
(The Star, 20 April 2009) – Johor Baru MP Datuk Shahrir Abdul Samad is against the revival of the crooked bridge project and has instead proposed that both countries work together to build a straight one.
“It has come to my attention that many Johoreans are hopeful that our new prime minister and Cabinet will revive the crooked bridge project. The public must understand that bilateral ties between both countries will suffer if the project is revived,” he said, adding that the Malaysian Government should consider all implications when reviewing the project.
ps: I am so glad I have another idiot to bash after Syed Hamid has retired. We never short of idiots running this country.
pss: So, according to Rais, it’s everybody’s fault that BN lose its 2/3 majority at the general election last year but BN. Great huh? I bet this is the best post mortem done by their experts.
psss: I am not sure whether Rais thinks this piece of shit is part of his ‘messages for good nation building” idea.
Rais warns of legal action against errant private groups and bloggers
By BEH YUEN HUI
KUALA LUMPUR: The Information, Communications, Culture and Arts Ministry will use a “diplomatic approach” in dealing with private media corporations and bloggers.
Minister Datuk Seri Dr Rais Yatim said the ministry preferred to take follow-up efforts than legal action against those who have violated the laws.
He said they, however, have to act against the hardcore perpetrators.
“Those who have broken the laws have to face legal action. If we do not act on them, it is the fault of the administration.
“But I stress that using legal action will be our last resort,” he said.
He told reporters this yesterday after taking over duties from Datuk Ahmad Shabery Cheek, who has been appointed Youth and Sports Minister.
Dr Rais, who is the former foreign minister, said he would study the current circumstances and find ways to work closer with private media groups and bloggers.
For this, he said a seminar on the Communications and Multimedia Act 1998 and Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission Act 1998 would be organised for journalists and bloggers.
The seminar will enable them to know the dos and don’ts under the acts, he said.
He said combining information and communications under one ministry would enable better efforts in enforcing the two laws.
“We want them to know that we have to take action if something happens,” he said, adding that the Bar Council would be invited to help organise the event.
Dr Rais also called on the private broadcast media stations to be pro-active in helping to develop the society and country.
He said some private television and radio stations had failed to adhere to laws that required them to play patriotic songs.
“Most of them are more concerned in making profit,” he said.
Dr Rais, who was the information minister from 1984 to 1986, said he would look into the contents of programmes provided by RTM and do the necessary rescheduling to attract more young viewers.
1. I am so afraid right now. But, wait… does any of my articles/posts break any law? I doubt so.
2. Calling stupid ministers as it is – STUPID, is that breaking the law? No I guess. Writing about discrepancies in government policies, irresponsible remarks by our politicians, quoting their moronic statements, insulting these gibbering numbskulls and ridiculing their mental capacity is breaking the laws? I doubt so.
3. Writing to share your own opinions on socio-political affairs and provides a platform for discussions of similar and dissenting views on current affairs and interests is against the laws? I doubt so.
4. Those who have broken the laws have to face legal action.
Nothing is wrong with the statement. But, this statement should apply to all Malaysians, not only certain groups of people, which described in the above news article as ‘private groups and bloggers’. Please do not apply the laws selectively. When you do this, you lose the last remnant of credibility and don’t cry wolf when people start questioning you. Hypocrites are not the most pleasant people to tolerate and live with.
So you are right when you mentioned “If we do not act on them, it is the fault of the administration.” Can you blame people for making noises when actions not taken against the perpetrators strolling along the corridors of power? When they see blatant display of injustice in front of their eyes. Give Malaysians some credits they deserve, not all are cluelessly submissive as you hope they would be.
5. That said, it’s a matter of saying what we want to say and how we say it. It is possible to write a fierce critism without pissing off the people you are criticising, but it takes a certain command of writing so pardon my limited vocabulary for not being articulate enough.
Nothing to fear people. What Mr. Minister above is trying to do is to instil fear. Politics of fear no longer work as FEAR is an acronym of False Evidence Appearing Real. and we are here to debunk the myths and baseless fears.
The Force is strong.
ps: Patriotic songs? To instill patriotism? What, are we living in the eighties? USSR already collapsed lah bro. You want patriotism to flourish among the citizens, make them feel being part of the country, being accepted without prejudice.
pss: Oh, you guys love my food posts eh? Like this one?
It’s been a while since I posted anything on food, if you have noticed. Ehem, yes, I did post other stuffs aside from politics. I posted on how to make your own fried popiah, how to fry a nice, delicious looking crispy fried chicken, my slimy experience, cooking simple home food etc. before. Well you can always hop over to Suituapui‘s blog – …Still crazy over food after all this years! for his food posts.
I stopped writing food post after hearing a comment from NH. But today, I’ll make an exception to promote the best burger stall in Sarikei – Wan Burger!
The results speak for themselves. The verdict is out.
I was busy clearing the mess on this blog.
Screw you bastards for messing with my blog.
There were some sort sort of attacks early this morning, some assholes sending multiple requests overloading the server, causing this blog downtime for more than 3 hours. Actually, I don’t know for how long. Only realised it happened when I came to work this morning around 8am, tried to login and view this blog, cannot be accessed. Perhaps blog was down earlier than that, since the hosting provider said one of the attack was at around 7am. Made some calls, submitted few support tickets, problem solved around 12pm.
The support guy told me, if this problem keep happening I may be asked to switch out from their server. 1st thing he said to me when I asked him what happened to my blog
“Er, your site under attack lah this morning. A lot of requests, there’s one ip with more than 30 requests at one time” (Er, 30 requests.. a lot meh?)
BN’s sexy girls fish for votes
Lee Way Loon | Apr 2, 09 2:53pm
Barisan National organises a dinner at Kampung Sepetang, a chinese fishing village, to attract the Chinese votes.
They came in droves for the dinner bash last night and the crowd of about 1,500, made up of mostly fishermen, were definitely hooked.
Pay attention to what Zahid Hamidi said when asked to comment about the song and dancers.
“….kita harus menghormati kerana ini adalah sebahagian daripada budaya Cina.” (.. we should respect this because it’s part of Chinese culture)
“Saya tahu.. saya tahu. “ (I know.. I know)
This guy obviously is one clueless dork.
Since when sexy dancers gyrating to an English song is ‘part of the Chinese culture’? Damn, I feel insulted.
ps: Don’t think with your dick, people of Kampung Sepetang.
pss: Ugh.. sexy moves anyway. Reminds me of performers at CB here in Miri. Not that CB. Cherries Berries lah! I always think the synchronised dancing by these bands err.. kinda funny. LOL!
psss: CB Zahid Hamidi! Cheebuy. Budaya Cina kepala hotak kau! Budaya Umno lebih sesuai.
pssss: Black Eyed Peas song also can be used for campaigning. Gutter politics. Shit.
Batang Ai: Big hydro-electric dam nearby but folks rarely get power
By STEPHEN THEN
BATANG AI: No public bus transport, not enough telephone lines, poor electricity supply, frequent water-supply interruptions, not enough health and medical facilities, roads in bad shape, poor mail services, no banks, few job opportunities – these are just a small portion of the long list of socio-economic woes of the 18,000 folks in the Batang Ai state constituency. It has been like this for a long time, even though the Batang Ai hydro-electric dam has been running since 25 years ago.
The people of Batang Ai want a solution to their woes and they want them fast.
And they expect the Barisan Nasional and opposition Parti Keadilan Rakyat candidates in this by-election to hear their grouses and are likely to vote for the man whom they believe will likely improve facilities and amenities – quickly.
The Star’s survey found a high level of poverty and backwardness in Batang Ai, even in the main commercial centre of Lubok Antu Bazaar.
The Batang Ai constituency measures 1,300 sq kms and has 156 longhouses and villages scattered far and wide apart.
Road-links are few. The river is the main mode of travel and transport from the interior outposts to the towns.
The existing roads are narrow and many still gravel.
However, once the by-election was declared following the death of incumbent Barisan assemblyman Datuk Dublin Unting on Feb 24, JKR had tar-sealed numerous stretches of these roads.
“This is what we want. Action. Not just promises after promises by politicians,” said longhouse elder Dunstan Jelin who hails from Rumah Labi.
Jelin is happy that the feeder road that leads to his longhouse from the main Batang Ai road has been tarred and that more promises of development are rained down on Batang Ai now that politicians are jostling for the hearts and minds of the people.
“As long as they (politicians) deliver, we do not care which party they come from. We are fed up with the lack of basic necessary facilities.
“Many longhouses still do not have electricity – after so many decades. Water supply is also very unpredictable. There are times when we get water from our pipes only two days in a week.
“The remaining days, we have to rely on rain water and water from the Batang Ai lake.
“I hope politicians are not just here for the by-election. Look into the problems we are facing. Come to our kampungs and longhouses and see for yourselves the condition we are living in,” he said.
Catholic priest Reverend Father Martin Wong, who handles the Sri Aman Parish, has travelled extensively in Batang Ai, as well as the its neighbouring constituencies.
He knows the problems faced by the people in the interior.
“It is good to see a sudden big surge in development projects coming into Batang Ai. I hope the pace of improvement will continue even after the by-election.
“Indeed, the people, especially those living in the far reaches, have a lot of problems that needs to be resolved. I know the government is serious about wanting to help them, but there must be greater effort put in to improve the delivery system,” he stressed.
Shopkeeper Chong Kiat Voon joked that there should be more by-elections held on a more regular basis.
Having to wait five years for an election just to get windfalls in the form of financial and project allocations is too long a period, he said.
Barisan leaders had so far announced allocation for development projects and cash incentives amounting to more than RM70mil for Batang Ai.
1. “As long as they (politicians) deliver, we do not care which party they come from. We are fed up with the lack of basic necessary facilities.”
Naive. You don’t care which party? Even when there’s this one party that you voted all this while, neglected the people and basic infrastructures in the area for the past 45 years? Great.
It’s by election time again! Well it is a tri-election this time – Bukit Selambau, Bukit Gantang and Batang Ai. 2 Bukit and 1 Batang. Doesn’t sound right. We have another Bukit in waiting – Bukit Lanjan. The orgy fest of the Bukits and Batang.. Ah Ah Har Har…
Few things. MSM is again, spinning for the establishment. So, let’s unspin the spin in this insignificant blog of mine.
If you read the MSM reports for the past few days, especially on Bukit Selambau by election, you may get this conclusion – Bukit Selambau Indian votes may shift because of ‘perceived’ change of Indian sentiments on the ground, reflected by the resignation by Jerai PKR division chief B. Kalaivanar and some PKR Indian leaders contesting as independents, defying the party’s rule.
Le’t start with Kalaivanar. I quote:
SUNGAI PETANI: PKR’s campaign for the Bukit Selambau state seat was dealt an early blow when more than 450 members, led by Jerai PKR division chief B. Kalaivanar, quit the party.
(Source: The Star)
I know the current political situation in this country is not funny. Well, it is kinda funny, but it is not funny enough to laugh. I am going to share some jokes today, we need to laugh more at this trying times.
Cannibal Head Hunter
A cannibal-head hunter was walking through the Sarawak jungle and came upon a restaurant operated by a fellow cannibal-head hunter.
Feeling somewhat hungry, he sat down and looked over the menu…
1) Any Tourist: RM 5.00
2) Broiled Korean Missionary: RM 10.00
3) Fried American Explorer: RM 15.00
4) Grilled and baked UMNO minister: RM 100.00
The cannibal-head hunter called the waiter over and asked, ‘Why such a big price difference for the Umno minister’ head?’
The cook replied, ‘Have you ever tried to clean one?
They’re so full of shit, it takes all morning to prepare it.