Friday, December 9, 2011

The Malaysian Insider's Freedom of Expression, the Internet and Defamation

I read that article in good faith. After all, the columnist, as is always credentialwise, credentialed -

"Amin Iskandar is a recipient of the Asian Public Intellectuals (API) award for 2009-2010 session."

That being, said, I question how such an intellectual like himself can say his peace about freedom of expression and quote,

"Malaysia mempunyai sejarah yang unik dalam isu kebebasan bersuara. Jika kita bandingkan kebebasan bersuara semenjak dari merdeka sehingga hari ini kita akan dapati grafnya semakin lama semakin menurun."

in a portal that denied* me their freedom of expression? Either he or The Malaysian Insider is a hypocrite.

I am no intellectual but I can safely say that is why Malaysia is in the very sad state of affairs the author laments.

This part of his article,

"Lebih aneh lagi mereka-mereka ini berbangga dengan penulisan yang menggunakan kata-kata kesat dan lucah Jika dikaji penulis-penulis sebegini kebiasaannya tidak berani mendedahkan identiti mereka."

is a real howler.

I guess the author had not really been down the gutters of his host's comment sections.

For the benefit of readers, and especially for the author's kind attention, I give you,

The Malaysian Insider's Freedom

Of Expression Exasperation

What I found most offensive was the author's disingenuous and cheap shot comment on former IGP Tan Sri Musa Hassan, whom I know from personal knowledge to be an upright person.

As for Pak Lah, X ada komen.

*The Malaysian Insider Martin Jalleh article,

"The country's 2009 FDI fell lower than the Philippines which attracted US$1 95 billion while Singapore raked in the most - more than US$16 billion. It was the first time ever that Malaysia attracted less investment than the Philippines."

Updated rebuttal link,


U.S. foreign direct investment (FDI) in Malaysia was $13.5 billion in 2009 (latest data available), a 9.7 % increase from 2008.

Reported U.S. FDI in Malaysia is led by the manufacturing, mining, and banking sectors.

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