Journalists can’t even walk for freedom, they are just invited to a dialogue and tea with the Law Minister Zaid Ibrahim. Reason – security and traffic. A whole lot of bullshit!

Only boring talks within enclosed walls are allowed, like the closet minds of journalists. What exactly are the authorities frighten about? That tomorrow, after the walk, all newspapers will be free, and journalists will start shooting away, discarding their fear of losing their rice bowl? Puhleez…!

Get Real!

Anyway, for the change of plan, read BENAR’s website.

Earlier, I blogged that:

I am taking the opportunity here to publicise the BENAR walk for journalists and media freedom on 1 June at the Independence Square (Dataran Merdeka). You can read more about it here at the BENAR’s website. Wear yellow they say, because it’s a reflection of the People’s Activity.

The event, by the way, is organised by BENAR, Centre for Independent Journalism and the National Union of Journalists (corrected!).

Law Minister Zaid Ibrahim will be delivering the keynote address, explaining his views about the road to Media Freedom.

Zaid Ibrahim and media freedom…hmmm?

According to BENAR, Zaid “has said and done things that have pleased the people, especially the legal community, and has conveyed a very positive feeling about what he intends to accomplish”.

Although he blames someone else for the report lodged against the media for publishing the controversial Royal Commission of Inquiry Report on the V.K. Lingam video clip, Zaid must explain his stand on what he exactly means by “media freedom”.

It’s not enough just to say “I am not the person who asked for a police report to be lodged“.

In fact he defended the government by saying “It is the practise of any responsible government. There is some information that is not ready to be digested by the public”.

The problem with this kind of statement is that “not ready” is up to the whims and fancies of some individual in the government. It can be abused and mis-used and at the end of the day, the media becomes the scapegoat, as we see happening so many times. Think 1987. STAR closure, etc,etc.

So, where does it leave journalists?

62 responses »

  1. lulai says:

    susan, it is ‘centre for INDEPENDENT journalism’ (CIJ), not ‘centre for INVESTIGATIVE journalism.’

    and the other co-organiser – this was my mistake – is not ‘national press club’ but ‘national union of journalists (NUS)’. so all together 3 co-organisers – BENAR, CIJ, NUS.

    thanks for putting this up! further details with the programme of the day will followed soon.

  2. su says:

    I guess we’ll have to wait till the BENAR walk, and the subsequent “talk” by Zaid to see where exactly he stands.

    At least we’re moving SOMEWHERE.

  3. I hope Zaid Ibrahim will not retract later whatever statement he will said at this event. I hope he will hold on to his words like a true jantan. Let’s wait and see whether he will be a true jantan or half jantan this time.

  4. wits0 says:

    Who decides the people are, “not ready”, is the question and always the problem.

    Anyway the Gomen has made clearly some serious error in pronouncement too such as here: http://www.sun2surf.com/article.cfm?id=16738
    Malaysia red-faced over mistaken tsunami warning – then blame it on computer glitch.

  5. kittykat46 says:

    To borrow a saying from Yoda, Zaid Ibrahim serves “The Dark Side”

  6. wits0 says:

    One of the main weapon of the Dark Side is the Dud Star.

  7. tamade says:

    Zaid, you have huge task to complete, and really tough ones. Imagine rectifying everything T.Dr M has done to the Judiciary for the past 20 years? You must have great courage and political will to deliver what you have promised, what Pak Lah has promised. You should have the guts to stand against the group of DARK HANDS. The RAKYAT count on you and hope this is not just another SANDIWARA. We count on you. And we want to see T.Dr.M and the group of dirty, immoral and corrupted Judges be booked, removed and charged. We want to see justice done. Isn’t this your job?

  8. Andrew says:

    Yoda being Kuli?

  9. hutchrun says:

    BN is a bunch of schizophrenic, paranoic loonies.

  10. hutchrun says:

    Schizophrenia .. is a psychiatric diagnosis that describes a mental illness characterized by impairments in the perception or expression of reality, most commonly manifesting as auditory hallucinations, paranoid or bizarre delusions or disorganized speech and thinking in the context of significant social or occupational dysfunction
    [ ]
    In severe cases, the person may be largely mute, remain motionless in bizarre postures, or exhibit purposeless agitation; these are signs of catatonia. The current classification of psychoses holds that symptoms need to have been present for at least one month in a period of at least six months of disturbed functioning.
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Schizophrenia

  11. hutchrun says:

    Monday, May 26, 2008 07:04 PM

    Recent moves by the Malaysian government indicate it may not be ready to soften its stance against the blogger community, which has a growing influence amongst the country’s Netizens.
    http://www.zdnetasia.com/news/internet/0,39044908,62041749,00.htm

  12. ktteokt says:

    Forget about media freedom if they can simply revoke publication licences of newspapers as in the case of the Tamil daily recently or to the extreme, like what MCA did – buying over the whole Nanyang Group just to silence China Press. This is tyranny and now they turn back to promote “Press Freedom”, what a joke!!!!!!

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  14. hutchrun says:

    Thsi invite to Zaid is a classic case of cutting your nose to spite your face. I don`t want to have anything to do with the nonsense. Haha but Ktemoc is all gung ho on it -which is not surprising.

  15. 729 NO ISA! says:

    BOiKOT UTUSAN MALAYSIA!
    BOIKOT ISA!
    BOIKOT CORRUPTED LEADER!

  16. Gayathry says:

    as one of the organisers, I see that our role is to push the boundaries where we can. If we just accept that the politicians are two-timing, schizo, then, there’s nothing to do, which to me is not the way to go. I see that we should try all options to get the agenda of media freedom to a national level. Even if the minister doesn’t do anything from the meeting, we’re hoping that it will create public interest who can then push the momentum. Waiting for Godot is not how we see change will happen. Please come:)

  17. Unlimited says:

    Another event bent on generating animosity between Malaysians.

    There is already a free-press medium. We call it the Internet, and it’s called this blog. The fact that this blog exists is a testament that Malaysians everywhere are already experiencing free speech.

    I don’t want you on the roads, get off them.

    The reason is, I would rather see Journalists do something better with their time than walking on the roads on which I paid tax dollars to use with my car.

    If you want to expose the government, then do some serious journalism and get evidence of corruption. Post it on a free press blog, or convince your editor to fly it on the first page.

    Seriously, stop wasting our time with feel-good soft-effect initiatives that will never change anything. I know you mean well, but please, get off the roads.

  18. su says:

    It is a disappointment that the earlier “WALK” cannot be carried out. But the cause remains the same. We are still doing what we can to dialogue with the parties involved to gear towards Press Freedom.

    As part of society, we all need to play our parts. We cannot just leave the media to the journalists, same way as we cannot just leave the running of the country to the politicians.

    If the cancelling of the Walk for a more subdued Talk shows lack of openness, then it also just proves that we have more work cut out for us. It also proves that we need to work collaboratively for this cause. This is no time for us to throw in the towel.

  19. wits0 says:

    “Another event bent on generating animosity between Malaysians.”

    Rubbish.

  20. Unlimited says:

    @wits0

    “Rubbish”

    – Thanks for adding absolutely nothing to the discussion, then again, what was I expecting from a guy who selectively quotes part of an argument for his own self-righteousness? Thankfully I didn’t have to do much for yours, because it is what it is, rubbish.

    @su

    -Why does everything always equate to “Do it or it’s Surrendering?”. Since when is Malaysia so much so in crisis that we have to take up arms to fight the big man? I know the Journalists and Malaysian people mean well with this walk, but we can do better than just walking.

    We can let the journalists do exposive reporting. Politicians feel the hurt when their boo-boos are unearthed, and are spurred to take action. This walk is what I call soft-effect parading. It’s a feel-good thing to do, and has the best of intentions – but generally, will do ZERO to move the bigwigs in control of the country.

    It’s not surrendering, it’s diverting the energy to do something which actually has the possibility to change things, my point still stands – stay off the roads please.

  21. wits0 says:

    Rubbish assertion attempting towards intellectual terrorism unlimited.

  22. caravanserai says:

    Media freedom
    No walk police say

    Go listen to the talk
    Zaid and company tell
    In the hall branding marks
    Will it happen in the end?

    Judiciary a long way to go
    The BN leaders afraid of the shadows
    Blooming big and intimidating
    The BN leaders seem bewitched

    The Darth Vader and his troopers
    They will come hard and fast
    The last leg of its frontier
    They want to go down in history
    Fighting for their survival

    The battle ground draws
    The silent marching in cyber-space
    The words flow
    And the shadow soldiers fight on

  23. Unlimited says:

    @wits0

    – How pretentious can you get, friend? Are you honestly going to tell me and everyone here that just because I have opposing views, it automatically becomes “intellectual terrorism”? I am not dazzled by your buzz-wordplay.

    You seem like a smart guy, so please, don’t berate yourself into accusing another of having an inkling to “terrorize” people’s thoughts on the internets. In saying so, you are implying that people cannot think or sift through assumptions themselves.

    I give you more credit than that.

  24. hutchrun says:

    “Another event bent on generating animosity between Malaysians.” – unlimited

    wits0 I think was very kind and economical in using the word `rubbish` to describe that. By extension, the recent Bandar Mahkota Cheras incidents were also generating animosity. Everything generates animosity so it should be disallowed.

    I may say that I do not want to participate in that walk, but i support their right to walk. And if someone thinks it interferes with:

    “The reason is, I would rather see Journalists do something better with their time than walking on the roads on which I paid tax dollars to use with my car.”

    then I`d have equal right to say to leave your car at home and use public transportation to reduce petrol consumption and so bring down the cost of transportation that causes needless hardship thru` increasing the cost of market produce.

    Now that`s rubbish too.

  25. hutchrun says:

    When the going gets weird, the weird get going.

  26. Unlimited says:

    @hutchrun

    – It’s okay, there’s no need to defend wits0, he can do that for himself. He has that much dignity to that for himself.

    But let’s get back to the topic at hand, shall we?

    I didn’t say disallow events which generate animosity, I am just saying, time is better spent doing other things which an effect real change, not initiatives which we will forget in 2 weeks. Why would I ban these events? Or in reality – who would care what someone like me has to say about an event if everything is pretty much organized? Unless you intend to imply otherwise (which would be flattery).

    Oh and I take the LRT on the weekends to avoid traffic, I even use RapidKL to get from one shopping mall to another. So don’t worry my tree-hugging friend, I love the environment and petrol prices as much as you do. Only on the weekends though, because I actually want to get to places on time in the weekdays, I take my car.

  27. hutchrun says:

    Think 1987. STAR closure, etc,etc. – susan

    Meanwhile the gutter politician who started it all, is at it again trying to give reasons why he should not be picked up under the ISA. he must be really scared:

    `Who is racist; Param Cumaraswamy or Dr Mahathir?
    I am not going to call for his detention.`
    http://www.chedet.com/2008/05/racist-card.html

    But it was OK when he did countless times during his time.

  28. hutchrun says:

    Think 1987. STAR closure, etc,etc. – susan

    Meanwhile the gutter politician who started it all, is at it again trying to give reasons why he should not be picked up under the ISA. he must be really scared:

    `Who is racist; Param Cumaraswamy or Dr Mahathir?
    I am not going to call for his detention.`
    chedet.com/2008/05/racist-card.html

    But it was OK when he did countless times during his time.

  29. hutchrun says:

    Unlimited – I do not defend wits0. I take objection to the right of your car vs. the the pedestrian`s right and the right of protest.

    Your defence is based on `victimhood`. It`s not acceptable. All that crap about tree hugging tut tut. Try another one.

  30. hutchrun says:

    `Or in reality – who would care what someone like me has to say..` – unlimited

    Well at least there you are getting somewhere.

  31. Unlimited says:

    @hutchrun

    – Heaven forbid, we use the road for driving, right?

    Actually there isn’t a defense, it’s actually a demand. I feel it is my duty to point out the ultimate futility of the march in the grand scheme of things. If only to instill a sense of reality of what will happen in the aftermath of such an event, good-willed or not. Whether or not you wish to admit it, you inherently know that nothing is going to change post-march.

    Unless you are suggesting that this “right to protest” is a great big venting avenue to close down roads. If that is your suggestion, then perhaps that is even more selfish than my notion of “victimhood”. Keep the venting on the internet and free press where it can be accessed for the eternity of time. Also, I am not saying I am not selfish by demanding the roads be used as a car-driver, but at least I am honest enough to know my wants and the practicality behind my reasoning.

    I enjoy it when people call me out on statement, but don’t realize they are inherently counter-defensive themselves (but that’s irrelevant isn’t it?). Thanks though, I’ll try and play more cliche’d cards in the future and see if you can pick them up in due speed.

  32. hutchrun says:

    Unlimited,

    You are getting extremely obtuse. You say pedestrians can`t walk on roads? Can`t cross roads? Only cars can? Who says the road will be shut down? You think the journalists are stupid to want to get knocked down by cars?

    Spare us your BN inspired cliches.

  33. hutchrun says:

    If only to instill a sense of reality of what will happen in the aftermath of such an event, good-willed or not – unlimited

    You don`t know? Zaid will give an unlimited BN cliche inspired talk.

  34. Unlimited says:

    @hutchrun

    – Where did I say that? Please do reference it, because despite my amazing eyesight, I can’t seem to find any reference of me denying access to pedestrians crossing the road. Wait, I think you are just selectively interpreting what I have to say because what I say bears a direction closer to a reality you don’t seem to want to admit.

    Also, the sentence, “You think the journalists are stupid to want to get knocked down by cars?” has nothing to do with what I said. Your earlier points about my argument made a lot more sense, that I can accept. Also I get the vibe from contributors here that unless I am saying things like, “Yeah let’s close down roads for this event! Free Malaysia!”, I am branded as a BN sympathizer. Stereotyping rocks!

    You have done more to prove that accepting and tolerating different viewpoints are at an all-time low in Malaysia than any march could. Good work, fellow Malaysian.

  35. hutchrun says:

    My “You think the journalists are stupid to want to get knocked down by cars?”
    has everything to do with your,
    “The reason is, I would rather see Journalists do something better with their time than walking on the roads on which I paid tax dollars to use with my car.”

    That would include crossing roads blah blah. And please lah, stop being selective when hoisted on your own petard.

    Maybe you go back reread all you have posted, then come back huh?

  36. hutchrun says:

    What a `malaysian` this truly unlimited is.

  37. kittykat46 says:

    “There is already a free-press medium. We call it the Internet, and it’s called this blog. The fact that this blog exists is a testament that Malaysians everywhere are already experiencing free speech”.

    I disagree. The relative freedom on the Internet is like guerrilla warfare. Sniping from the sidelines. All the time under the threat of persecution from a dozen different laws.

    And don’t confuse individual free speech from institutionalised free press. One individual on the Internet can only do so much, even a Super-Alpha blogger like RPK. What’s sorely needed in this country is institutionalised freedom in mass media.

    “If you want to expose the government, then do some serious journalism and get evidence of corruption”

    Every day the media face political restrictions on reporting – from blatant stormtrooper tactics to subtle manipulation.
    The most obvious cases are the threat of or actual closure and non-renewal of publishing licenses. Less obvious is use of the politically-linked ownership of almost all the mass media in the country to filter the editorial content.

    Reports embarassing to the government are spiked, downplayed, buried, sometimes rewritten until those with actual knowledge of the events could hardly recognise the subject.

    The “walk” was meant to be a low-key, peaceful expression that all is not well and good. That even such a low-key event is banned shows the government is still stuck in its Dark Ages paradigm.

  38. Unlimited says:

    @kittykat46

    – Thank you, for a non-attacking response to what I have to say. I thought I was in Omaha Beach, having to stand my ground against a relentless barrage of zealous fervor on the part of certain individuals.

    So allow me respond to what you have said in kind:

    Point 1)

    By hosting your blog on an off-shore server, you can guarantee some proximity of internet anonymousity and safety. You can also access proxies or IP masks. Chances are, governments don’t really care about political blogs (left or right wing), unless it becomes a serious political movement.

    You can actually run your own political web page, and that can count as free press. You can source your information and publish it to a group of readers and share anti or pro-political viewpoints on it with little threat of closure. The greenpeace website is a decent example of this.

    Point 2)

    Point taken. You are correct, but it takes one courageous editor willing to end his career with one headline to cause serious change in the administration. There’s always a scapegoat, nobody is willing to take such a huge blame and burden, unless of course, you are Fidel Castro (and you actually succeed).

    Point 3)

    I have a problem with the “low-key” part, because it is low-key, is the reason nothing will change. Sure you might raise awareness for the day or a couple of days. But it’s a futile event in a sense that, although a measure of a moral victory is achieved – nothing actually changes.

    I’ll close by saying that Malaysia has been a semi-police state for a while now, it’s just now that people are voicing it out on the internet as it is an easily accessible medium. Nothing wrong with that, but it’s come a bit too late, the system’s far too entrenched (and corrupt) for a few good willed individuals to change it via such indirect measure.

    So I don’t say ABADON ALL HOPE, I say, Bide your time until real change looks to happen in the country, then participate actively and in person.

  39. hutchrun says:

    `..having to stand my ground against a relentless barrage of zealous fervor on the part of certain individuals` – unlimited

    Well hate to rain on your party, but that is uncalled for and understandable coming from someone who has a religous fervor on the rights of the car.

  40. su says:

    Just to clarify, the walk that was organised in the beginning did say that there was to be no gathering at Dataran Merdeka, and that it was to be individuals taking a walk on a Sunday morning. If these individuals happen to come in groups of 5, then so be it.

    @ unlimited: I see your point about “walking is not going to make any difference”. It is but a walk, or now it WAS but a walk. It may have been something “feel-good”, but it was something the people could get involved in.

    You said that “we can let the journalists do exposive reporting”, and in fact, we DO want them to do so. But with the current laws that are in place, it is absolutely hopeless. The initiative taken by the organising of this event is fundamentally so that a dialogue can be made between the law-makers and law-abiders.

    Are the journalists prepared to walk that extra mile? Do they dare to expose what they know? These are the kinds of questions that we are asking them. And this is what BENAR is about. The walk, I believe, was a gesture to show that we are willing to “walk that extra mile” with the journalists.

    The organisers, and the people who are going for the “talk” (it is no more a walk) have accept the decision made for calling off the walk. Disappointing it may be (for me at least), the event was not called off entirely.

  41. wits0 says:

    Kittykat: “Reports embarassing to the government are spiked, downplayed, buried, sometimes rewritten until those with actual knowledge of the events could hardly recognise the subject.”

    Verily, Kittykat. OTOH, the malay papers, e.g., like Utusan(and of course)Berita Harian have always had that special license as the gomen mouthpiece to indulge in the worse racist, fascist and even seditious ‘journalism’. And all the others are too cowed to openly protest until PR did recently. So who is/are generating animosity between(among) Malaysians all this while? To criticize the walk therefore is like complaining of mosquitoes in the jungle where man-eating tigers are known to be lurking. Some supercilious view that’s suspiciously contrived, I would surmise.

  42. Hi to ALL, by the way just wondering why (up till now) Tun M and the rest of the named “heroes” of the Lingam tape controversy have not been picked up and put under the infamous ISA detention.
    Let TM taste his own creation. Hold them there until their impending trial and investigation. Or is it just because they belong to BN while the rest f the detainees are from PK? Where is the FAIRNESS??? TM can also be detained for being seditious in creating unrest in UMNO which is BN (as MCA, Gerakan, MIC and other minor BN component parties are all dead and gone by now).
    Anyone can throw some light on this issue?

  43. kesava says:

    This racist mosquito is complaining about tigers today:

    “But if you read what I have quoted would you not conclude that Hindraf and Param Cumaraswamy, who objected to their detention under the ISA, as racist especially as his desire to have me detained under the Act for telling the Malays to realise that they are not ‘Tuan’ when they have to clean the shoes of others,” he said on his blog.

    Dr Mahathir’s tough stand on Hindraf is a shade different from the one he took in January after the government detained five Hindraf leaders under the ISA. The government alleged that the five were behind the demonstration which rocked Kuala Lumpur on Nov 25 and were inciting trouble in the community with their nationwide road show.

    Dr Mahathir said then: ”No, I don’t think they should have thrown the leaders (into detention), they should have met these people first and had proper discussion.”

    http://themalaysianinsider.com/mni/dr-m-takes-damage-control-measures.html

  44. kesava says:

    The malaria mosquito did not let my comment on his blog:

    If you talk of the imagined plight of other races in Malaysia, and make ridiculous statements that the Tamil Indians in Malaysia are facing “ethnic cleansing” when you know that no such thing is happening, it is not racist. – chedet

    I`m amazed that at your age you do not understand what `ethnic cleansing` means and are equating it to genocide to defend your position.

    All those indian `slaves` kept in your estates (remember the largest estates are malay owned like Sime darby, Guthries etc) were victims of your ethnic cleansing.
    They were brought in during colonial times. You yourself went after Carcosa during your time?
    So why shouldn`t the indians go after the British for compensation?

    Only you are right, other are stupid or idiots. Please get off your high horse and see how you destroyed the country and tore apart the social fabric.

    Now you reap the harvest you sowed. Pathetic case I say.

  45. kesava says:

    “Uncontacted Indians,” who have never before had any contact with the outside world, were discovered in the Envira River region in Brazil during a flight in May 2008 according to Funai, the National Indian Foundation, and the group Survival International. The tribe is shown here reacting to the unexpected visit over their camp, located close to the border with Peru.
    http://abcnews.go.com/Technology/popup?id=4962790

    Mahathir should be sent there. Maybe they have him 4 dinner.

  46. kesava says:

    Pimpinan Pakatan Rakyat telah mengambil keputusan memboikot Utusan dan Mingguan Malaysia sebermula 27hb Mei lepas

    http://www.harakahdaily.net/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=14768&Itemid=28

  47. Payback Time says:

    UNLIMITED::: You sound like a learned person but your view seems to be extremly left..you probably click on the wrong channel to air your ideal..should write a book or do a comedy show..maybe that can help us reduce our stress

  48. kesava says:

    Boikot Utusan & Mingguan Malaysia!

    Pimpinan Pakatan Rakyat telah mengambil keputusan memboikot Utusan dan Mingguan Malaysia sebermula 27hb Mei lepas.

    Sebelum ini saya melalui nukilan di blog ini telahpun memikirkan gesaan yang sama.

    Akhbar tersebut terkait dengan pendekatan perkauman melampau, meneruskan kempen tidak beretika dan mempertahankan rasuah dan kezaliman pimpinan Umno-BN.

    Kita berupaya memberikan tamparan kuat terhadap media picisan sebegini dan saya menyeru pengertian dan sokongan sdr/i sekalian.

    ANWAR IBRAHIM

  49. ah Long says:

    During the Vietnam war, the President if South Vietnam, Mr Thieu Vin Pho invited the editor of Bernama, a Punjabi Singh fellow (I forgot his full name) to Vietnam to help him set up a propaganda newspaper.

    Mr Singh did a fantastic job and in appreciation Mr Thieu suggested that he will name the Vietnamese newspaper “Thieu Nama” . A combination of his name and Bernama.

    Mr Singh being from multi cultural Malaysia was horrified. He told Mr Thieu “no no no you cannot call it that because in Chinese it mean to have sexual relations with your mother.”

    So Mt Thieu decided to name the newspaper after both his and Mr Singh’s names.

    The newspaper was called – Thieu Na Singh.

    Hehehehehe

  50. tarzen says:

    Aiya! Dear Sloone, not only walk also cannot, holding hand also cannot er… It seems that Bolehland is ruled by a herb of hyenas who has the divine right in running Bolehland.

    These Umno-putra-hyenas think that they have this hyenastic sphere of influence in Bolehland just like the hyenas in the jungle following the rule of jungle- can do whatever they pleased!

    These jungle Umno-hyenas just did get the message. Those black listed hyenas were booted out from the throne of ruling the jungle in the last GE.

    It’s time for the rakyat in Bolehland to prepare another sheet of blacklist for these divine right Umno-hyenas so that come next GE, all these divine right Umno-hyenas will be booted out from the parliament/ state assembly/ wild jungle, ha ha ha ha…..

  51. hutchrun says:

    Saturday, May 31, 2008
    the walk is ON

    Walking the Talk. The organisers of the Walk for Media Freedom never called off the walk. The only thing we changed is the starting point for that walk.

    Originally, we had asked you to begin your walk from the big flagpole in Dataran Merdeka. From the start, we had said there would be no assembly.

    After consultation with the cops, the organisers agreed that those who wish to walk can start from anywhere (but the flagpole). Meaning, you can start your walk to the NPC from wherever you park your vehicle or from the nearest LRT/bus station. If you are coming to the National Press Club by cab, tell the taxi driver to drop you off 500 m or 1km away so you can walk the rest of the way to the clubhouse.

    There are limited parking lots at the NPC so we advise you to park your car at the underground car park at Dataran or at Padang Merbok.

    Me, I am going to walk from the NPC to Dataran Merdeka, maybe make one big round or two there, and then walk back to the clubhouse for the talk. Around 9.15 or so.

    http://rockybru.blogspot.com/2008/05/walk-is-on.html

  52. hutchrun says:

    Saturday, May 31, 2008
    the walk is ON

    Walking the Talk. The organisers of the Walk for Media Freedom never called off the walk. The only thing we changed is the starting point for that walk.

    Originally, we had asked you to begin your walk from the big flagpole in Dataran Merdeka. From the start, we had said there would be no assembly.

    After consultation with the cops, the organisers agreed that those who wish to walk can start from anywhere (but the flagpole). Meaning, you can start your walk to the NPC from wherever you park your vehicle or from the nearest LRT/bus station. If you are coming to the National Press Club by cab, tell the taxi driver to drop you off 500 m or 1km away so you can walk the rest of the way to the clubhouse.

    There are limited parking lots at the NPC so we advise you to park your car at the underground car park at Dataran or at Padang Merbok.

    Me, I am going to walk from the NPC to Dataran Merdeka, maybe make one big round or two there, and then walk back to the clubhouse for the talk. Around 9.15 or so.

    rockybru.blogspot.com/2008/05/walk-is-on.html

  53. ah Long says:

    Fart can or not ?

    I fart in all the UMNOputras face.

    Talk to them wasting breath

  54. hutchrun says:

    ah long: You sure got something there.
    Mahathir is bending over for the boot::
    No problem … but I’d prefer it if they kicked out me out,” he smiled

    http://themalaysianinsider.com/mni/dr-m-issues-kick-me-out-dare.html

  55. lucia says:

    too late i see this. the walk has never been called off. it is on. see either rocky.s blog or benar blog. i,m here now at npc.

  56. kai says:

    Ah Long

    Fart of course you can. If smelly one get police to okay it. It’s its loud like the sound of a bomb, also better get police permit. If not you might scare the poo out of the cops on duty there! And then they can charge you for tempting murder lorr!

  57. Kesava says:

    Walk for press proceeds, Zaid slights journos
    Jun 1, 08 12:01pm
    Journalists, bloggers and some concerned citizens this morning made a spontaneous decision to march in support of press freedom, overruling a previous decision not to hold such a walk on grounds of security and traffic.
    Zaid gets booed
    From press club to Dataran
    http://malaysiakini.com/news/83761

    1001% sure Wong Chun Wai of Star was not there.

  58. chin huat says:

    Just for the record, NUJ has never been an organizer of the walk. They are only a party in the talk (dialogue).

    The walk was organized by CIJ, Writer Alliance for Media Independence (WAMI), Benar and All-Blogs.

    We apologize for the hickup in communicating the change of plan and seek your understanding of the difficulty in balancing different considerations.

    We thank everyone for their support. We shout “Merdeka! Press Freedom!” for three times, speaking it loud and clear that the decolonization is not yet over. It still feels great.

  59. ironic_law says:

    Hahahaha as I said before.. In my previous comments that you all bloggers are buying into this CRAP organized by Mr Zaid hahaha. I did mention that Mr Zaid speech will be a none Q&A session so why are some still ASKS him questions hahaha.. See how he treat you all.

    Look at how he is defending his partner Mr Syed Albar @ss hahaha. Both were partner in CRIME so about Mr Zaid cries and shout for JUDICIARY REFORM is a fluke nothing but a “sandiwara” to defend Bodowi tenure only. Bear in mind now he is kissing Bodowi hands everytime he met him.. Hahaha the hand is just only the front gesture hahahaha there is a BACK gesture kissing as well hahahaha (I think most of us knows what I meant le hahaha)

  60. Why government want to control Media? For stability of country? For economy? for what?

    I think those who control media only for their own agenda, but always give other reasons to justify for it.

    Controlling freedom of expression will make our society dumb, not creative and scare of everything, it will make our children become less competitive as they will scare to voice out their opinion.

  61. lucia says:

    sorry chin huat. i did not mentioned WAMI as organisers. i mentioned BENAR, CIJ and NUS when it should be BENAR, CIJ and WAMI. terrible mistake i made, which i also sent this wrong info via mass email to all. ampun, ya.

    kesava, wong chun wai was there lah. saw him with my own eyes. in fact i approached him (and datuk zaid) to give him our statement. oh and wong chun wai also throw a Q to datuk zaid during the Q&A.

  62. bungkak says:

    http://www.zaidibrahim.com.my/

    I thought law firms were not allowed to advertise their services in Malaysia!!!!

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