I think I might be happy if I can’t cover Parliament. This is a place where nothing happens except giving MPs, from both the political divide, the platform to show off their irritating elements.
The real stories, my friends, are on the streets, in the villages, at the court houses, where real people’s stories need to be told.
Newspapers are so lacking in this aspect. The political dimension of a social issue is what needs to be reported. Not what politicians do and say all the time!
Why do we need so many journalists per agency in Parliament? Nothing seems to happen there that is anything worthwhile. No quality debates. MPs questions get answered then what? I think it’s a bloody waste of time.
Remember Raja Petra Kamaruddin and the infamous statutory declaration?
For example, Raja Petra’s allegations in a statutory declaration against Abdullah Ahmad Badawi, his son-in-law Khairy Jamaluddin, Najib Tun Razak and his wife Rosmah Mansor, and one Aziz Buyong, did not happen in the August House. Here is where we need at least 5 reporters to carry out an investigative story as to the origins and motivation of the allegations.
Lest you find me arrogant for saying this to my reporter friends, allow me to say that I had the chance to cover Parliament for about 4 years. I found it a nice place for networking, for that is where you can obtain the mobile phone numbers of ministers and MPs, and get to rub shoulders with them as well. For sometime, it was my playground, but on hind sight, I realise, I gained nothing much other than having some VIP remember my name.
For some, that is a place to buddy with those creatures in their official suits. Sometimes, they buy you a drink. And if you think you can get juicy bits from them, I don’t think so.
For others, it is a way to escape from the stressful and nitty gritty stuff at the office. The entire place is air-conditioned, you see. For some, it’s a more enjoyable place to be than, let’s say, an estate where Malaysian Indian workers are being evicted.
But all the same, it is great to see reporters taking a stand and showing their displeasure at the Parliament ruling.
The photo of cameras strewn all over the cordon limit at the Parliament lobby is a sight to behold. I loved it.
Well, no reporters at the lobby, better for us all isnt it? After all we have bloggers in Parliament,don’t we?
But at last, we can’t expect them to be balance and fair in their reporting, can we? They represent their politics and parties now.
So why did we elect them there in the first place?
Hiya, for me, the answer is: Don’t Know.