But more importantly, how can an experience journalist make this “mistake’? I believe she had full confidence in her source and released the information. An investigations,as many have suggested, is in order. Malaysiakini, we need to know the story behind the story.

I am referring to Wong Choon Mei’s resignation from Malaysiakini over the ‘mysterious’ Najib manifesto which purportedly came from “a group of supporters”.

In The Malaysian Insider, Wong has been glorified for showing “veterans the standards that Malaysian journalism must aspire for”, and that:

…she has now become the standard for professionalism and accountability in Malaysian media. And she has shown the difference between freedom and responsibility in the online world which the mainstream media has yet to reveal despite their years in the industry.

Indeed the standards of professionalism in Malaysiakini is very high. Always have since the online news was launched in 1999.

Wong is NOT the first reporter to resign from Malaysiakini over a rotten report. Someone else did, a former Utusan Malaysia reporter, way back in 2001, resigned when he “put words into the mouth of” PRM President and now PKR’s deputy Syed Husin Ali. In other words, fabricating quotes.

Another resigned in 2004 when she wanted to dabble in politics.

There are NO choices in Malaysiakini when it comes to ethics and professionalism. There is NO way you can escape and pretend nothing has happened when you err in your reports such as Wong had done.

Either you resign or you will be asked to leave. The editor in chief will make sure of that.

It’s really has little to do with ‘one’s standard of journalism or responsibility”. But you will learn of the two with the experience.

The Malaysian Insider is right that UTUSAN MALAYSIA should take a leaf from this episode:

In comparison, DAP leader and lawmaker Teresa Kok has had to sue Utusan Malaysia and its columnist Mohd Zaini Hassan over an article titled “Azan, Jawi, Jais, UiTM dan ba-alif-ba-ya” published in the Malay-language newspaper on Sept 10 which she alleges was maliciously intended to defame her.

The article had accused her of asking mosque officials to stop the use of loudspeakers at a mosque when performing azan prayers. Kok has denied these claims. She also spent a week in detention under the Internal Security Act as police investigated the allegations.

They have not apologised and neither has Zaini offered to resign or stop writing his columns. In fact, the Umno-owned newspaper has exacerbated the matter by publishing a short story and poetry which alluded to her case. However, short-story writer Datuk Chamil Wariya, an industry veteran, has denied such allusions.

You see, the BIG difference between MALAYSIAKINI and UTUSAN MALAYSIA is that one is an independent paper, while the other is a propaganda machine for UMNO.

Oops, I hope I will not be sued by UTUSAN MALAYSIA, and when that happens,  I wonder who will the All-Blogs President Ahiruddin Attan aka Rocky support?

By the way,which stupid idiot asked home minister syed hamid albar about the malaysiakini report?

Read: “Probe into Malaysiakini story depends on police report” (Bernama via The Nut Graph).

48 responses »

  1. toyolbuster says:

    Who will Rocky support, well Susan, your guess is as good as mine. Lets be more focused on our other common enemies.

  2. armouris says:

    inilah semangat bertanggungjawab yang patut kita puji, yang selalu PR sebut-sebutkan – kalau salah, letak jawatan!

    harap ahli politik, sama ada BN atau PR (cakap kena serupa bikin – surah as-Saf) akan buat perkara yang sama…

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  3. tan, tanjong bungah says:

    Hi everyone,

    It’s only right and proper that the Malaysiakini journalist Wong resigned to take responsibility for not verifying the news she received before publication.

    Other publications, main media and alternative media alike, should verify first before sensationalising any news, not doing so and being caught out later would not only damage their credibility, but cause damage to society in some cases! This is a lesson for all news media, be responsible to your readers.

  4. ckchew says:

    “Another resigned in 2004 when she wanted to dabble in politics.”

    hmmm, who is the brave lady, Susan? he,he,he

  5. Pegasus says:

    That’s taking responsibility and being accountable of your work to resign.Then again in Bolehland, anything can happen, and the opposite will occur ,for all we know the report could just be true, its better to resign now then being arrested under ISA for the “crime”. Utusan is Umno’s mouthpiece which instigate hatred against others and propaganda of the BN regime. The Umno Malays have diverted from the actual focus of BN and turn the focus on them by being selfish,arrogant and power craze. Majority of the Malays are fair minded and seek for better life as other races in this country. Its the Umno culprits and goons who are causing disparity among the races and raising the tension among the people .
    People like Chamil are wasted sperm who can’t rationalize things and see far enough to determine the future of this country,its people like him who are out to destroy the very fragile fabric of this nation and he of all person heading an association.!!!.
    The future looks bleak with this type of attitude and confrontational stance in about all matters and most issues are immediately link to race and religion. The non-Malays are not taking away anything from the Malays, its their own hard work that has taken them to where they are unlike some of the Malays where the BN regime need to spoon feed and hold their hand to walk.
    Its going to be a long struggle for justices in this country, unless something miracle happens and we suddenly having a new government formed by the Pakatan Rakyat. That will be then MERDEKA !!!.

  6. “You see, the BIG difference between MALAYSIAKINI and UTUSAN MALAYSIA is that one is an independent paper”

    yeah, i could see big difference, one is the employer standby and protect its staff (mind you, the staff “stand by” his article, though many thought he was wrong) and champion the spirit of voltaire. the other is timid like tikus kowtowing to pressure worrying isa or ministry sapu. and you see, for every article release editor in chief should be held responsible too coz he/she have to proofread and verify before the “hot” story get published. just like “the sun” in the assassination plot story, the editor in chief too kena axed….

    malaysiakini is not like 1990s anymore, not like since they fought from being evicted. i guess when a company grows big, there’s tendency to be complacent and neglect their initial struggle …….

  7. bangsa Cina Malaysia says:

    it takes great courage to resign.
    i salute you.

  8. lucia says:

    wow. so i see it is not easy being a malaysiakini journalist (ok ok i hear you – nobody said it is), and here i am thinking if malaysiakini opens a branch in penang, i might apply. better stick to being a blogger.🙂

    i salute wong for having the courage and professionalism to resign.

    from pegasus: “Then again in Bolehland, anything can happen, and the opposite will occur ,for all we know the report could just be true,…”
    i tend to agree.

  9. storm62 says:

    kepada pemimpin2 UMNO, itu lah dia makna “tanggungjawab”

    siapa tanggung, siapa jawab.

    engkau semua tanggung, tapi tak berjawab. pordah!!!

  10. hamzah says:

    Hidup Malaysiakini🙂

  11. Just curious says:

    what is the problem

  12. Just curious says:

    Susan, can’t agree more with you. Malaysiakini must tell us what is the story behind the scene. Malaysianinsider was too ignorant glorying someone without checking what had actually happened. Steven Gan, if he is a responsible editor-in-chief should resign. Pls la dont tell us story Wong was editor in charge on Sunday. Even if she was working alone one whole week, you have to be held responsible la. Isn’t he editor-in-chief? But no,he is also tak malu, like other editors in the mainstream meadia.

  13. Hard Nut says:

    “Oops, I hope I will not be sued by UTUSAN MALAYSIA, and when that happens, I wonder who will the All-Blogs President Ahiruddin Attan aka Rocky support?”

    We need to know more about Rocky who seems to be criss-crossing the river several times.
    Will someone be brave enough to write an expose about him?

  14. Jed Yoong says:

    Mkini is pro-PKR-lah but Kudos. Will post on this topic and link to it.

  15. […] read with mixed feelings Susan Loone’s post that Mkini reporter Wong Choon Mei has resigned in relation to the FALSE report on Deputy Prime […]

  16. Upskirt, Seluardalam Bisak, Ternampak Bulu says:

    Kudos for the integrity Wong Choon Mei for maintaining the highest ethics -to resign when inadvertently she was misled to write by what she had reliably procured. And foremost to the chief-of-editor of Malaysiakini who tolerated only the highest standard of class in journalism.

    However, the same standard of professionalism is absent in the case of Utusan Malaysia.

    I love Malaysiakini. Steven, will you please provide me 1 year free subscription as I have no money even if my seluar-dalam koyak?

  17. sinewy says:

    Anonymous Dud says:
    “One is the employer standby and protect its staff (mind you, the staff “stand by” his article, though many thought he was wrong)”

    This despicable journalist wrote something which have been denied by the mosque official and now he and his employer, instead of apologising to the victim, they demonstrate the sheer arrogance and irresponsible attitude which is the trade mark of many warlords in UMNO and their BTN products.

  18. aaa says:

    susan,

    pls for goodness sake dont even make any reference to the “MR IDIOT” of malaysia. ya, he wants to close down malayisiakini, if possible for this violation of basic jounarlism protocol. You thin this sam standard will apply to the freaking racist Utusan? no, it wont because it is control by UMNO. Like everybody knows, UMNO is above the law isnt it? asked the “MR IDIOT” Home Minister.
    I wish I can stand beside him to debate whether i am more idiotic or him!

  19. wandererAUS says:

    If you are a sub-standard journalist join Utusan, even you publish distorted articles your dusty ass will not be scr*wed. The more lies are in your reporting, the higher the ladder you climb…even top with a Datukship in recognition as a good liar!

  20. hisham says:

    Trace IP of the email that Wong received then we will know more.

  21. Bentoh says:

    LOL, the all-blogs protem president thinks that protecting a journalist is more important than getting a blogger into ISA…~~

  22. muhammad says:

    susan,

    Malaysiakini is slowly yet surely becoming Anwarkini.

  23. honyang says:

    I am a Malaysian Chinese living in Hong Kong for the past 15 years. I am a professional and am completely integrated socially.

    Looking at my HK born sons, I am glad they never have to contend with the petty racism of Malaysia. Life is too short for that. No need to worry about government jobs or lack of career progress or scholarships because of their race. They will fail or succeed on their own merits. That is a very liberating thought for a father. I have no great fortune to leave them, but I have given them a chance in a society they can call their own.

    I have taught them to respect other peoples and races. And to stand up for their own rights. They should be proud of their Chinese root and not be chauvinistic.

    As for Malaysia? Well, they don’t know too much about it. It won’t be an important country for them. Economically it is too tiny to figure much on the big picture. Several major cities in China already have living standards that exceed Malaysia. Guangdong province alone has a GDP several times that of Malaysia. And it is still growing fast.

    I wish Malaysia well for the sake of my relatives still there, but I glad I am not there. Migrate if you can. The West is good and stable but China has opportunities too. Integration is so easy that within one generation it is as if our ancestors have never gone away! Fast forward the all that years of civil war, cultural revolution and famine.

    If you cannot emigrate, grumble freely and hope for better days.

  24. kentanjim says:

    I am a 10th generation Chinese in Malaysia and my ancestors and I have known only Malaysia as our home.

    And yet everyday, I hear malays calling me ‘pendatang’ and unpatriotic. I find this totally unacceptable because I am a law-abiding citizen who pays my taxes diligently. Citizens should not be treated differently based on race.

    Similarly, if an ethnic Chinese student has performed well, he should be awarded scholarship just as an ethnic malay student who has performed equally well is awarded one. Is it too difficult to understand that not all Chinese are rich and not all malays are poor?

    If a malay feels that he has the right to call me ‘pendatang’ and tell me to migrate because he feels his ancestors have been here long enough, by the same logic, I too have the same right to do that to him.

    Orang Asli is the general name given to different groups of indigenous people of this land.

    Take the Negrito, for instance. They are definitely not the same as the malays. The languages of the Negrito and Senoi are related to the indigenous languages of Burma, Indochina and Thailand.

    The only group of Orang Asli which shares similarities with those whom we know as the malays of today are the Proto-malays, who had arrived at this land much later than the Negrito and Senoi.

    Those whom we know as malays today are Deutro-malays who arrived even later. Thus, malays are also outsiders who migrated to this land just like the non-malays. The only difference is the malays migrated earlier.

    However, this sweeping statement that all malays and Orang Asli are one and the same cannot stand since only a minority of Orang Asli have become Muslims and there are even fewer who have fulfilled all three constitutional requirements.

  25. julee says:

    Malaysia is definitely going the way of Fiji and Burma in due course.

    No willingness to open up politically and culturally, no urgency to excel and no hunger pang on the part of malays, Malaysia I reckon may take many generations to wear out like Burmese, who is very much the same as the malay genetically and culturally.

    “As these public institutions are essentially malays, they also bring shame and dishonor to own race.”

    Much as I would like to refrain from saying this but it is a fact that the malays are viewed in poor light (to put it mildly) by the general non-malay population.

    The behavior of their political masters and the civil servants gives credence to this view.

    How sad, the race that claims to own this land, the race that claims to be defenders of its religion, is contributing immensely to its degeneration and eventual destruction.

    The malays are viewed in a poor light not only by the non-malays but by the malays themselves.

    And this is a fact. See how cocky and arrogant the moron from Jerai is. He talks as if he owns the Malaysia country when in fact he is just a water boy running errands for his Umno masters.

    Most of them cannot argue their points and when push comes to shove would draw their parang or keris for effect. How naive!

    Good luck all Malaysians!

  26. “i salute wong for having the courage and professionalism to resign.”

    what happens if the truth is that she forced to eat dead cat……… resign or face the wrath of bijan and malaysiakini will be ISA-ed……

  27. “This despicable journalist wrote something which have been denied by the mosque official and now he and his employer, instead of apologising to the victim”

    ===

    remember the spirit of voltaire where yb jeffooi always like to preach – i might disagree with you, but i will fight to death for your right to say …it seems utusan keeping that spirit ……

  28. monsterball says:

    If only ministers resign from mistakes made and based on overwhelming signs of corruptions…without poof needed…then UMNO and BN may get Malaysians votes again.
    Malaysiakini policies are proven managed by professionals…with the said resignation. Good reputation is preserved.

  29. Jacksojulian says:

    Teresa Kok is suing Utusan Melayu (UMNO’s propaganda machine) & Cheras Umno’s chief for Rm30mil + Rm100 + Rm10 mil= Rm 140mil. Hope she will success and make this propaganda machine belong her.

  30. Jed Yoong says:

    anon dud,

    “what happens if the truth is that she forced to eat dead cat……… resign or face the wrath of bijan and malaysiakini will be ISA-ed……”

    wow, i feel secure writing for editors like that…won’t stand up for the journo…but steven gan is usually very good, dunno what happened to Wong. she does good articles at other times. she isn’t even an editor? i dun think reporters’ wages justify editorial f***-ups like this. the editor would have spotted that the story has not been verified on najib’s end….

  31. Jed Yoong says:

    Kentanjim

    Is it so difficult to understand that not everyone sees the world like you?
    10th generation eh? Are you poor? Or rich?

  32. The Penquin says:

    Yes Susan…I can’t really believe such an experienced reporter or journalist can publish something that may catch the headlines without verification first.

  33. Jed Yoong says:

    The Penguin. We still dunno if she was made to eat “sei mau” (dead cat) as it’s hard to believe that she is an editor when she made such a cock-up. I mean what was she thinking? Was it fatigue? I also understand that Mkini is a one man show on Sundays. Isn’t this more of a failure of Mkini as a news organisation for not having internal controls/checks than the ONE PERSON wong? Mkini is not a blog…How can one person run the show on any day???

  34. Jed Yoong says:

    The Penguin.

    But she was the only person working that day if it’s the norm on Sundays. I understand that Mkini is a one man show on Sundays. If so I think it’s more of a failure of internal checks and balances than the ONE PERSON, ie Wong. If Mkini wants to be taken seriously as a news organisation then it should not operate like a blog and have just one person working although she is the editor. She is after all human….

  35. Jed Yoong says:

    Penguin, It’s just a bad idea to have just one person writing, editing and publishing the story…. At least another person should look at it….Just to be safe…Why wasn’t she safe?

  36. Jed Yoong says:

    If she is the ONLY person working that day, it was a recipe for disaster…
    Whose bright idea was it to have just one person working that day?
    Mkini is not a blog…It’s supposed to be a serious website…
    You can’t just blame her….The organisation is badly set-up and failed to mitigate such risks….

  37. Jed Yoong says:

    Malaysiakini is responsible for setting itself up for such a major cock-up.

  38. maxtor says:

    Baguslah dia resign, dia perlu bertanggungjawab dengan apa yang dia dah lakukan. Lain kalai kalau nak siarkan berita, perlu lebih berhati2, pastikan cerita yang disampaikan adalah benar, bukan hanya bertujuan untuk menjatuhkan orang lain saja.

  39. Jed Yoong says:

    Malaysiakini is responsible for setting itself up for the c***-up. It was a disaster waiting to happen.

  40. Jed Yoong says:

    They should set up proper guidelines for media organisations…..
    Mkini’s licence looks precarious…
    In any case, even if Wong is gone and Mkini still operates like a blog, ie one-man show on Sundays, another similar c***-up will happen.
    It’s a matter of time till credibility goes down the drain or the licence first….

  41. Gan says:

    anonymous dud (00:32:20) :
    remember the spirit of voltaire where yb jeffooi always like to preach – i might disagree with you, but i will fight to death for your right to say …it seems utusan keeping that spirit ……
    ______________________________________________________________

    Ya we all know about that but voltaire never said anything about not suing. Utusan is free to write any crap they want to – others are equally free to sue them.
    Even Sabri Zain and Harakah were sued by UMI Hafilda for RM60 million on Sabri`s satire and Umi is famous on “my bottom line is intact” now. The utusan, nst and star gleefully reported on that case. So why cry now when it`s their turn.
    This month alone in Egypt a famous muslim scholar Tantawi (Al Azhar University) sued and won substantial damages from an egyptian newspaper. Seems like these writers in nst and utusan fighting for “rights” are worse than egyptian newspapers. maybe they should all be sent to egypt to learn something.

  42. Nudibranch says:

    How come non of our Minister resign for their incompetence in carrying out their duties ?

  43. monyet says:

    jed yoong is right. dont know how long ago it was when u worked at mkini, susan, but it’s a tight budget, shoe-string operation with only a few capable in-house writers. sunday is indeed a “one-man-show” day, but of course to admit that wld be detrimental to mkini. for the greater good wong had to go.

  44. zztop says:

    Hope Teresa will sue all these racialistic bums in UM and Umno till kingdom comes. I know its not easy given the rotten judiciary we have.
    No matter what dont give them any leeway. These bums behave they own the country. But they do not realise that most of them are just “pendatangs” and now claim that they are bumiputras. The real son of the soils are the Orang Asli. The poor Orang Asli have been rob them of their rights.
    The country now becomes a mess in terms of race relation, religion and economy in particular is the result of stupid actions by these bums.

  45. Solo Miss says:

    So what else is new…….in bolehland even criminals become PM!!!!!

  46. Bamboo Sungai says:

    I find it “crazy” for anyone who thinks that the article )or whatever they choose to call it) can be disguised as Freedom of Speech.

    Do these people have any idea that how many violent or instigated violence to the point of killing and those “do-it-yourself-home-made-bombs” are barred from Cyberspace? How could the Government of Malaysia allow this?

    If I am to blog about ways to assassinate Najib Tun Razak and changing his name with a pseudonym, will I be incarcerated under the ISA?

    The allusions similarizes the character and events depicting Teresa Kok as YB Josephine is nigh-irrefutable.

    However, the amount of lawsuit by Teresa Kok against Utusan and the writer is simply ridiculous.

  47. […] Susan Loone, in her blog, asks: “… how can an experienced journalist make this “mistake’? I believe she had full confidence in her source and released the information. An investigations, as many have suggested, is in order. Malaysiakini, we need to know the story behind the story.” […]

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