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.