The Lament of Ex-Malaysian MSM Editor



by Mustapha Kamil

79ff3baf1e17f0a9b17b27f08b1b6aad_STo all mainstream media editors, especially those who for the past couple of years have unashamedly called their international counterparts ‘liars’, you guys have missed a very very big story yesterday.

Your international counterparts have ‘scooped’ you right under your noses. How are you to face, first your reporters, your advertisers and ultimately the public? Who is lying now?

The way I look at it, the mainstream media institution has been destroyed.

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Its all over boys. This is a good time to compose your resignation letters.

“The Malaysian people were defrauded in an enourmous scale (in) a scheme which tentacles reached around the world,” – Deputy Director, Federal Bureau of Investigations.

“Rakyat Malaysia telah ditipu dengan skala yang amat besar didalam suatu perancangan yang merangkumi seluruh dunia” – Timbalan Pengarah, Biro Siasatan Persekutuan (FBI).

I would like to ask my former colleagues in the mainstream media this one question:-

Where are we to hide our shamed souls now?

I say ‘we’ because I feel ashamed of myself too as for a long 28 years, like you, I failed to play my role as the public’s watchdog.

That was why I left.

I take no pride in leaving the profession but I wasn’t strong enough to go against the tide.

What has been laid bare by the US Justice Department for the world to see should not have been allowed to happen to this great nation.

We journalists in the mainstream media knew this all along.

We spoke about it in the newsroom corridors, during our coffee and smoking breaks.

But whenever our paychecks arrived, we enjoyed our perks but forgot that we owed the public nothing less than the truth.

My time is over my friends.

Don’t for one minute think that am standing proud now for having left.

Quite frankly, I have nothing much to show.

Journalism is not about rubbing shoulders with the powerful, being driven around by a driver and with a few honorific titles to show.

It is about how we help society master their world by helping them make the best decisions on matters that affects their lives.

Lying and the suppression of the truth is not journalism.

For you who are still in the profession, there is still time to turn back and put journalism in order.

You owe that to the society you serve.


Mustapha Kamil

Former Group Editor of NST



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