The internal memo dated March 21, obtained by Malaysiakini, states that the Prime Minister's Department had issued a special directive to all news organisations to attack two key documents of the opposition coalition Pakatan Rakyat.
The first is Pakatan's joint policy statement, better known as the Buku Jingga (Orange Book), and a list of immediate reforms it has pledged to implement within 100 days of taking over the federal administration.
According to a Utusan source, the internal memo was issued after a briefing at the PM's office, where participants were informed that Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak would broach on the two documents in his speech the next day, March 22. The memo states that the premier will speak about the "negative effects" of Pakatan's pledges and policies stated in Buku Jingga.
Najib's speech at PICC
It adds that all news organisations are to source comments from several groups, including BN party leaders, economists and academicians to support Najib's claims.
"These comments can be published in stages beginning tomorrow until Sunday," says the internal memo, which was written by one of Utusan's senior journalists. During that period, beginning on March 23, Utusan published at least seven articles on the topic, all of which based on Najib's speech delivered at the 12th Civil Service Premier Gathering at the Putrajaya International Convention Centre.
In his speech, Najib said election pledges come in documents printed in various colours and the latest was now orange, which he sai d was filled with populist policies that would bankrupt the country in the long term. In follow-up reports, Utusan sourced comments from BN leaders such as Rural and Regional Development Minister Mohd Shafie Apdal, Information, Communications and Culture Minister Rais Yatim and MIC Youth chief T Mohan.
'Agenda set by Umno'
During the period mentioned in the internal memo, Utusan also carried comments from academician Chandra Muzaffar, USM lecturer Sivamurugan Pandian and also published similarly toned commentaries from the daily's stable of columnists, including Awang Selamat. Allegations of government interference in Utusan's editorial policies have been a common allegation of opposition leaders, as well as National Union of Journalists (NUJ) president Hata Wahari, who was a senior journalist with the daily until his recent sacking.
A report by Free Malaysia Today (FMT) on Wednesday quoted Hata as saying that Utusan's editorial direction is decided by Umno's political bureau, chaired by Najib, during meetings held on Mondays. Hata said the newspaper's weekly agenda would be communicated through the Prime Minister's Department and Utusan would run an issue for three days, unless it receives strong responses. Once other news organisations pick up on the issue, Utusan would then be free to start writing on other issues, reported FMT.
Image from http://www.cuti.com.my/tour/info.php?id=2720I recently read an article in a local daily in Sabah about a mothers fight to raise awareness on Duchenne muscular dystrophy. I had expected it to be a third party account of a womans fight but, it turned out to be a very personal account. It was written by the mother herself, she re-told the anguish she felt when her son was diagnosed with Duchenne muscular dystrophy. The struggle she and her husband went through about learning to deal with the condition. Her sons indomitable courage and positive outlook. As a parent, I was moved.I have never known anyone close who has Duchenne muscular dystrophy. And I must confess, if it wasnt for this poignant article that evoked my parental instinct, I wouldnt have bothered finding out more about this cause. Yes, sometimes Im guilty of it, being apathetic. Its not a conscious choice but like most of us, sometimes I get lost in my own world.The mother who wrote the article is Catherine Jayasuriya, a Sabahan who currently resides in the United States. She had recently returned to Sabah to raise awareness on Duchenne.She is the founder and Executive Director of Coalition Duchenne. An organisationwhich seeks to raise global awareness for Duchenne muscular dystrophy and bring together all the organisations from around the world towards one common goal, that is to find a cure.Catherine and her organisation will bring their cause to the worlds attention this September 2011 and they will be doing it at Catherines home state -Sabah! They will be climbing Mount Kinabalu and, they are gunning for the summit where they will raise Coalition Duchennes b! anner on 9 September 2011. If you are interested or you know someone who might be interested, in joining them for a good cause, sign up here.Duchenne muscular dystrophy is an incurable and deadly genetic condition that causes irreversible muscle regeneration which eventually leads to heart failure.
Image from http://connect.in.com/duchenne-muscular-dystrophy/photos-duchenne-aff74b22d0e52ee0.htmlHowever, the condition doesnt affect the mind of the afflicted. Their minds are as lucid as any healthy person. In Malaysia,our brave Albert Wong Kit Ming who last year, graduated with a Bachelor of Laws (LLB).If you want to find out more about Duchenne Coalition, go to their website at www.coalitionduchenne.org , follow their Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/CoalitionDuchenne or follow them on twitter @CoalitionDMDJustin is just an ordinary organic farmer from Sabah. He just realised he cant differentiate maroon from chocolate?
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