Foreign interference in Malaysian politics?


— Clive Kessler
The Malaysian Insider
Dec 30, 2012

DEC 30 — The New Straits Times (Sunday December 30) contains a long analysis and commentary entitled “Dubious Backers of Regime Change”.

Its author, Nile Bowie, warns of the menace of foreign interference and covert involvement and influence in Malaysian politics.

As well he might.

This lengthy article, now recycled in the BN government’s leading newspaper here, made its first appearance in RT.

RT? What is that?

RT, in its own self-description, is “the first Russian 24/7 English-language news channel which brings the Russian view on global news.”

RT, on its own say-so, “delivers latest news and current events from around the world including special reports, entertainment news and exclusive video.”

You would think that somebody in a position of editorial responsibility might have mentioned those originating auspices when proffering that item to the readers of the NST.

One would have thought so.

But perhaps Utusan’s now “celebrated” notions of journalistic and editorial ethics have now become the national “default mode” and have accordingly spread to the NST.

Foreign influence and interference?

Of all sorts, it would seem.

Some more bruited and officially trumpeted than others.

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  1. #1 by yhsiew on Sunday, 30 December 2012 - 9:34 pm

    The so called “foreign interference” is the Newspaper’s figment of fabrication in an attempt to boost sales after suffering a prolonged decline in readership.

  2. #2 by Noble House on Sunday, 30 December 2012 - 11:39 pm

    An editor is a person employed by a newspaper, whose business it is to separate the wheat from the chaff, and to see that the chaff is printed. Like madams – soothing, flattering, disciplining their naughty, temperamental staff, but rarely obliged to satisfy the clients personally between the printed sheets. Good trees are killed to put out bad newspapers.

    Very often, we hear of people everywhere confuse what they read in newspapers with news. Frankly, I don’t give a damn if newspapers are dying – it’s watching them commit suicide that pisses me off!

  3. #3 by chengho on Monday, 31 December 2012 - 3:56 am

    West againt the East geopolitic, the realpolitik between USA vs China , subzero Cold War time between world only 2 super power

  4. #5 by lee tai king (previously dagen) on Monday, 31 December 2012 - 9:02 am

    oh WTF!

    Let umno continue with its fear of shadows esp its own shadow.

  5. #6 by chengho on Monday, 31 December 2012 - 3:23 pm

    Happy new year 2013 , vote DSNR for stability

  6. #7 by Bigjoe on Monday, 31 December 2012 - 10:26 pm

    Here is the thing – Historically, foreigners have not been actually that bad to Malaysia – EVER.. Under colonial rule, they exploited this land and took advantage of ignorance and failure of the rulers. There were discrimination and cheating etc. BUT there were no mass slavery, there were no mass abuses of people, atrocities etc. that is common in many places. We obtained independence rather peacefully – even assisted with quite a degree of care to ensure independence and peace. Even post-independence there was aid, help with development even until to this day..

    On the other hand, we have a long long tradition of our very own people betraying us, selling out especially the ruling elite even to this day.

    I would worry more about betrayal and even treason by our own kind such as a fraudulent electoral role before we really have to worry about foreigners…

  7. #8 by cseng on Wednesday, 2 January 2013 - 10:28 am

    Foreign interference started since Project IC Sabah…

  8. #9 by chengho on Thursday, 3 January 2013 - 6:18 am

    Listen to Fox News , you will understand foreign interference .

  9. #10 by monsterball on Friday, 4 January 2013 - 4:59 am

    So what…chengho? Are you afraid?
    You live in America….why afraid?……afraid allownances and BN sponsorship stop?

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