Sunday, November 28, 2010

No-KDN Selangor Times

Selangor Times, a free weekly newspaper with a focus on community news, went on the streets on Friday, in a test of media freedom and setting the scene for a possible contest of wills between the Selangor government and the federal Ministry of Home Affairs (KDN) which licences the publication of newspapers. It is said that the newspaper is supported by the Selangor government but produced as a private initiative, with an experienced editorial team such as KL Chan (formerly of The Edge), Deborah Loh (Nut Graph), Neville Spykerman (Malaysiakini), and veterans James Ang (New Straits Times) and designer Jimmy Lim (formerly with the Star).

Blogger ‘uppercaise’ wrote: “Selangor Times is a free newspaper. But it is not yet a free press. As long as the press must depend on political patronage – just to exist, let alone prosper – it is just living in a different kennel”. Maybe so, but at least Selangor Times is a breath of fresh air in the midst of the putrid stench emanating from the BN-backed mainstream press. A thumbs-up to the people behind this venture!

And in the SPL match between Celtic and Inverness Caledonian Thistle, the former was leading 2-0 (Ki Sung-Yeung 38; Paddy McCourt, 65) but allowed the latter to net two goals (70, 83) to even the score. Sigh!

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