Hornbill Unleashed

July 2, 2009

If you can’t beat them…

By Sim Kwang Yang

I received in my email the following excellent article by Bernice Low on the battle in the Internet world in Malaysia.  The object of her attention is the newly launched net portal the Malaysian Mirror, for which I write a weekly column.  Naturally, I feel the irony of  the situation, me – a die hard anti-BN man writing for Ong Tee Kiat the MCA President to further the cause of the BN, if her speculation and assumptions turn out to be true. We will see.

If you can’t beat them…

…join em. And that’s what the MCA (Malaysian Chinese Association) is going to do, it would seem.

According to a news report on the Malaysianinsider.com, the MCA is going into the online news game. A friend in the media line confirmed that hiring is ongoing for the Malaysian Mirror, the name that has been chosen for the new newsportal. A search on MYNIC shows that the domain name Malaysianmirror.com.my is available. A search on WHOIS, however, shows the top-level domain (TLD) name Malaysianmirror.com to be unavailable. It was recently purchased on March 3, 2009, and is registered to a Web domain hosting firm in (ironically) Penang.
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June 30, 2009

Why are M’sian MPs so bored?

By Sim Kwang Yang

thumbnail_hornbillWHEN the Malaysian Mirror invited me to be one of their columnists, I was more than delighted.

A writer like me with such an “anti-government” past would never get such an invitation from the mainstream media of course. I used to write a column for the independent Chinese-language Nanyang Siang Pau until 2003 when the MCA bought this established newspaper. Then I was told apologetically that my service was no longer required.

The Malaysian Mirror is another news portal, the new kid on the block, among the rank of the Fifth Estate trying to subvert the monopoly of the Malaysian public sphere of the failed Fourth Estate of the mainstream media. As with other news portals, the Malaysian Mirror will probably grant me unbridled freedom, which is any critical writer’s dream. Seasoned writers like me will not abuse our freedom of expression, wantonly. We have enough rough knowledge of the relevant laws to stay away from unnecessary trouble. We have to protect the interests of our publisher, too. This is my 1st article in Malaysian Mirror.

Why are M’sian MPs so bored?

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