Update: last check at 6pm, the STAR had already included the link to the blog I AM MALAYSIAN. Thank you.
The STAR had been quick to work on this story, even going as far as contacting several affected persons: Vocal MPs rapped for not sending queries to Parliament. The August house is scheduled to sit on April 28.
However, it’s highly ‘irresponsible’ for ‘THE PEOPLE’S PAPER’ to have highlighted the story about the 29 MPs on their front page today WITHOUT attributing the story to the blogger who first wrote about it.
He is of course, ewoon from I AM MALAYSIAN. A true Malaysian whom I met at the bloggers meet in KL last year. When I chanced upon his story in google yesterday, I thought he had done a great service to Malaysians, not to mention keeping those recalcitrant MPs on their toes.
The paper even had the cheeck to say that bloggers had reported it but did not give due credit. This is a sly thing to do. On top of that, they lifted some comments from ewoon’s blog as well:
The MPs, 15 of whom were are from Barisan Nasional, five from DAP and nine from from PKR, have been called ‘irresponsible’, ‘MPs of the most slothful kind’ and ‘unreliable’.
I can’t help feeling that the paper was quick to jump unto the bandwagon of this issue simply to discredit the Opposition. And what a field day it had, coz among the MPs were nine from PKR and five from DAP; and their slip-up was given much prominence, although 15 others were BN MPs.
They have singled out two Opposition MPs, who had been very anti-establishment when they were merely members of political parties or non-governmental organisations, for stinging attacks, accusing them of not doing their jobs as MPs and betraying those who voted them into power.
Anway, DAP Lim Kit Siang and PKR Anwar Ibrahim have both responded to the issue in their blogs: Apologies (Kit Siang) and Terima Kasih atas Teguran (Anwar). Now where are you, Abdullah Ahmad Badawi???
Ah, well. I cannot complain.
The paper was kind to me when it highlighted my story about Altantuya Shariibuu, the Mongolian woman so dreadfully murdered with C4 explosives in 2006.
The paper’s reporter even emailed me for comments and gave me due credit for the story, even publishing my blog’s url, and mentioning the fact that the video uploaded by me can be found on youtube. For that service, Altantuya’s personal story reached out to 50,000++ viewers (at the time of uploading).
But then again, that story was first quoted in the Bahasa Malaysia section of the STAR. And guess who was the chief reporter there then? It was Fathi Aris Omar, of course. My favourite Malay editor in Malaysiakini. He’s a blogger, too, and his blog can be found HERE. He left for the STAR and have since re-joined Malaysiakini in its Malay section.
Hmm, wonder what happenned at the STAR?