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Thursday, March 29, 2012

China has truly arrived in many ways, including news reporting...

I just watched China Insight on at 5.30PM via chamel 509, and today's segment is on "FINDING A VOICE"..

I won't write mush except comment on one episode involving a mainstream press reporter who dared to dig deeper into what would have been deemed a common death of an inmate at a SHELTER FOR THE HOMELESS.

After much research and a real daring reporter's spirit, he learnt from official accounts that the death was  apparently due to a heart attack, but the reporter was determined to  investigate the death.further; and he uncovered that the death was caused by "shock" caused by trauma,  from beatings and  injury/injuries with a brunt instrument being used. The news report started going viral in regional media in GuangZhou, then went national, and the Reporter, Chang Fang, of Nan Fang Media Group,was IN THE NEWS for days/nights on end. He later was voted REPORTER OF THE YEAR 2002. Just reward and recognition for writing in pursuit of Truth and Justice.

Twelve suspects were later convicted in court and sentences ranged from a few years' im[risonment to death sentence. Better still, this incident led to an amendment to national legislation to improve Home Shelters' Inmates within months. The "hero" celebrated like Desi, a socialist enjoying a capitalist meal of Bif Steak! No, the bif did not come from the condo-raised cows at the NFC, which was luckily NOT born yet. Nyet!

Later, he and wife had their first child, and he named her TIN TIN. WHY, you find out more OK!

A Malaysian reporter that cometh to mind is R NADESWARAN of theSUN, who graced the first TWO OUTINGS of BUM representing the MSM, members of which were difficult to persuade to accept speaking engagements at BLOGGERS EVENTS. I think I will also pick up his column I sighted yesterday.

For more, please google China Insight, CCTV, and "Finding a voice".



An inightful peAce from Citizen-Nades; BUMmer 2B, welcome back to do more digging! ~~ Desi, knottyaSsusual

What ails Malaysia

IT was not an intended observation and neither was it from a vantage position to make copious notes and come to an authoritative finale. A 24-hour vigil may have brought about desired results, but even in the wee hours of the morning, the embodiment of Malaysia is there for everyone to make conclusions. The two nurses in the 24-hour clinic are fast asleep and if it was a life and death situation, the patient would have been a goner. The doctor on duty must have been rudely awakened and it took him a good five minutes to have a wash and face the patient, still with groggy eyes and a grumpy attitude.
Ladies and gentlemen, if you are not already accustomed to such scenarios, welcome to the world of Malaysia and Malaysians, where there seems to be no urgency or commitment to a duty or responsibility. Even the laws of the land mean nothing and the lack of law enforcement descends into utter chaos.
Common sense, courtesy and a semblance of order or fear of the long arm of the law would have been a small consolation. But when these factors become unnoticeable, it’s a free-for-all – a world where right becomes might.
The 20-minute break at the Low Cost Carrier Terminal (LCCT) in Sepang gives one an idea of the ills that afflict our society and the country as a whole. The perplexity, disorder and confusion are there for everyone to see, but no one seems to care or bother.
The irony is that the presence of law enforcers doesn’t seem to trouble anyone, as if lawlessness has descended.
The yellow lines and traffic signs appear to be pieces of art to beautify what would otherwise be a sea of concrete in the background. Rows of cars are parked at drop-off and pick-up points and even the law-abiding citizen is compelled to make allowances in a world where it becomes the survival of the fittest.
It gives the impression that vehicles with “special” number plates and those with metal badges above the rear bumper get exemption and hence enjoy immunity from the law.
Aren’t these titled people supposed to be leaders in the community? Weren’t they honoured for being pillars of society? Shouldn’t they be leading by example and complying with rules and regulations? No, that title and the badge that comes with it are converted to a passport of invulnerability.
It’s not just at the LCCT where these unique Malaysian traits are visible and obvious. This situation is replicated everywhere – the KLIA, major shopping complexes, government departments and even police stations. But does anyone care?
It’s not just the tall buildings and the longest bridges which are yardsticks of development.
Neither is the money power. The real issue is observance of the law, common sense; consideration and courteousness do matter too. How do we call ourselves a developed society when we are unable to control the touts and bring rogue cab drivers to book?
The answer is simple – apply the law fairly without exception, exclusions and exemptions. Put the fear of the law into those who think they are above it. It may just be a parking ticket, but the fear that someone is holding the wrongdoer to account will make a big change. Having been accustomed to the “tutup satu mata” syndrome, some people have to be brought down to earth with a mighty blow so that they come back to reality.
R. Nadeswaran notes that our society is slowly descending into lawlessness, and apathy is taking over common decency. He is editor (special and investigative reporting) at theSun and can be reached at:

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