Let's cut to the chase Jeff, everybody wants to know this: Is the ceasefire negotiated
by proxies from both sides?
such thing as negotiation by proxies, after all I am just a blogger, not a political
luminary. What happened was, after the wild accusations, common decency prevailed.
As a result of you not locking your house properly, someone sneaked
in, climbed over the balcony and raped your neighbour's wife. Are you not responsible
in some way?
use another scenario, TV. Imagine a coffee shop with regulars dropping in to have
a cuppa and they talk about practically anything, from weather to money politics.
Suddenly, somebody walks in, shouts profanities, pulls out a gun and shoots at
one of the customers. Who do you go after? The coffee-shop owner or the gunman?
the Sheriff then?
this case, the Minister whose tasks include overseeing online content, and he
refers to the relevant law to deal with the case. Online matters come primarily
under the relevant cyber law. And the cyber law is none other than the Communications
and Multimedia Act 1998. So he acted accordingly by upholding the spirit and the
letters of the law.
the basic respect for our country's legal system. You must be sure, you must be
fair. And our minister who oversees online content is doing that.
from the press, the Minister has instructed Mimos to investigate the commenter
called 'Anwar'. I think the right agency to perform the digital forensic work
should anything otherwise had happened, the casualty would have been our own cyber
law, that's very important.
was made to understand that somehow the parties behind the ruckus wrongly attacking
me realised their mistakes. Kit Siang said it's indefensible. But there are others
who said the spin-doctors screwed themselves. But a senior editor has told me
to be magnanimous.
it is, I have been requested by MCMC to assist in the investigation it is doing
together with NISER. I am waiting for the reports to come. The case may only be
convincingly settled after the truth is revealed. Just wait and see.
What was it like to have the threat of incarceration staring at your face? Were
was shocked that the papers who called themselves an "institution" could
stoop this low. They pulled the whole weight of the Might to intimidate me under
the wrong pretense. Who in my shoes wouldn't feel threatened?
the initial shock, I told myself to handle the situation with calmness, knowledge
and wisdom. I didn't lose my confidence that Malaysia wasn't a lawless country.
How did your wife and family cope?
was shattered. I tried to hide the newspapers from her, she went online, and later
bought a copy and threw it at my face. I told her to be calm and have faith in
senior journalists told me privately that you should have given your take when
approached by the newspaper that started the ruckus. They felt that you censored
yourself and misplaced an opportunity. What do you say to that?
was the first to advise me on the Do's and Don'ts if I have to give a reaction
to any media. My criminal lawyer told me the same thing.
I want to go back to the basics of journalism. The Bahasa paper forgo basic ethics
( 1 ) not getting their facts right about how I have dealt with that "Anwar"
48 hours before it hit the streets; ( 2 ) not getting my side of story even after
they have run me down two days consecutively on the front page...
you refused to speak to them!
must I talk to a paper like this? I told them to read Screenshots if they want
anything from me. It's that simple.
I talked to Malaysiakini, and later to Associated Press and Singapore Straits
Times. Basically, I was still talking to fellow Malaysians.
did I censor myself? Farish A Noor called me to tell me that his last mishaps
in the hands of the mainstream press was that he allowed himself to be pushed
to the corner, and suffered in silence. I thought I picked up some wisdom there.
Some folks from the media also felt that you are arrogant and self-aggrandising
(as perceived through your choice of words). Are those comments justified?
apologise, and I sympathise if they read it that way. You either take weblogs
seriously, or you just leave the page. There is always a choice. I don't restrict
their freedom in not reading Screenshots. They always have a choice. Read or leave.
Their call, not mine.
I have commented previously that you are overly tenacious and even vindictive,
in the case of one celco and a pay TV station. Were you not getting personal?
focuses on governance in both public administration and corporate enterprise.
I told (Straits Times Singapore's) Carolyn Hong that nothing is personal. If a
name is mentioned in relation to any public entity that I blogged about, it's
simply because he/she is the key decision maker of the entity my readers, or myself,
complained about. I mentioned names, because I hoped the buck stops there.
if you have noticed, I helped relay a reader's complaints on flight MH193. Malaysia
Airlines responded by offering answers, and I allowed MAS the latitude to tell
its side of the story, verbatim. The solutions may not be to the fullest satisfaction
of the complainant but Malaysia Airlines came out tops for transparency and good
corporate governance. At least they put an attempt to fulfil their obligations
in customer satisfaction. Not just lip service. Now that's what we call a Knowledge
Society. That's the only way we enter the league of the First World. No other
a lot grievances from Joe Public fall on your lap when some MPs are more keen
on debating the tagline for RTM. Is this something that you originally set out
I don't intend to be a cyber Lee Lam Thye or Michael Chong. I don't run a complaints
bureau. I choose my topics, giving my readers some latitude to say their piece,
IF they fulfil my requirement for details and evidence. But from the topics, you
will get to see how our public listed companies score on corporate governance.
I am just a
hardworking writer who joins the new bandwagon of bloggers. I think PCs and broadband
are meaningless if the medium can't sharpen our mind to think deeply about things
for me, the focus is to be a member of this looming Knowledge Society. Whenever
thinking is allowed, we should be thinking aloud.
Do you get tangled with lawsuits? How many so far and how were they resolved?
so far. I do seek legal advice before I blogged on certain topics.
As a one-man and non-profit setup, is it not a costly hazard?
I interviewed Husam Musa, he told me first thing: "You need to be brave in
order to be a PAS member." It's much worse when you are all alone.
things have changed for me. Even Reporters Without Borders is willing to extend
its protection for a Malaysian blogger, who is not a practising reporter.
I understand you have a day job, how do you find time?
rise early for the morning prayers, and blog the first drafts. Some of the news
are cleared for publishing around lunch. That's about the time I trawl the Internet
again for breaking news when Europe wakes up. I trawl the Internet again after
work, for breaking news in the US. There would be more drafts after dinner.
like a full-time job and very nerdy!
carry my notebook during holidays and outstation assignments, because if I don't
blog for a day, many would think I must have got into trouble. That gives the
misconception that I am a nerd working on the computer from home or work, all
I think I will lose the conviction when I become a 'fulltime' blogger. The sparks
that spur you will not be there. That also separates you from most - though not
all - of the mainstream people, who are reporters but not journalists.
have to repeat that devious and clichéd question. What's your agenda?
I'm fed up with the local mainstream media. Secondly, blogs can be serious, and
fun. But tomorrow, I may blog about locomotives and old train stations again -
some of my favourite things. Days ago, I blogged about music from Scorpions and
my Humbucker electric guitar - the stuff I grew up with. Then, there's this crave
for mee rebus
the other side, my readers range from retirees to lawyers to journalists to consultants
to the simple Joe Public. So, what do you think my agenda is?
You mentioned the positive use of the Internet; can you elaborate further?
Internet for a good purpose: to communicate and to interact for a good cause.
Internet freedom here is as thriving as our archaic laws allow it. Don't be a
cyber hero. DON'T BREAK ANY LAW!
do you see bloggers fitting into the bigger scheme of things, here in Malaysia?
bloggers around, the equation in relation to the Old Media is turned upside down.
Times have changed. Can you?
I agree that we should all move forward but is there a lesson from this episode?
quote Guy Kawasaki; "All men are cremated equal." Be good and do good.