The mainstream media should be more proactive to draw back audiences so that information could be disseminated accurately and widely. Malaysian National News Agency (Bernama) chairman Datuk Abdul Rahman Sulaiman said the matter should be the top priority as many people have now appeared to have lost confidence in the credibility of news from the mainstream media.
- Based on the results of the general election, there were several misconceptions on efforts by the government as the mainstream media information delivery system was weak, reported Bernama. "This happened as the community now believe that information presented by the alternative media is more professional and daring in criticising the government openly. (Malaysianinsider)
The entry ban by Sarawak on a prominent British activist a couple of days ago is something of a riddle, given that Sarawak and Sabah have proven so safe for the ruling coalition that their vote bank is often described as a "fixed deposit". Why then would they be so jittery that they have banned a half-dozen prominent opposition figures in the past year alone, including Nurul Izzah and Ambiga Sreenevasan, before banning Clare Rewcastle Brown on Wednesday?
- When asked about East Malaysia's aversion to activists - all of whom are Malaysians, except for Rewcastle - Barisan Nasional's Datuk Dr Ewon Ebin would only say that the East Malaysian state governments acted ¡§according to laws and regulations¡¨ of their state. "They would not simply deny entry to anyone. They have their reasons," the Ranau MP said, refusing to comment further. Rewcastle, who is also the sister-in-law of former British prime minister Gordon Brown, was flying into Sarawak to testify in a defamation suit that she described as stacked against her. A former BBC journalist, she is the editor of whistleblower website Sarawak Report and Radio Free Sarawak.
- She was denied entry at the airport by the state Immigration Department and deported to Singapore less than three hours later, from where she left for London. Ambiga SreenevasanStampin MP Julian Tan questioned: "What kind of a threat does the Sarawak government think she presents to the state? If she was a terrorist, we can understand. But she was sued and then not allowed to enter her defence? This is totally absurd." (Malaysianinsider)