Waiting for a judicial break

24 September 2007

Palace of JusticeI know many of you are expecting a story from me on the embattled Malaysian judiciary. I can’t publish my story yet because I’m still waiting for a break. At this moment, except for innuendoes, we’ve no confirmation that Mr V K Lingam, the Malaysian lawyer in private practice, was brokering the appointment of judges with the Chief Justice Ahmad Fairuz Sheikh Abdul Halim (then the Chief Judge of Malaya) as portrayed in the video clip recently released by former deputy premier Mr Anwar Ibrahim. Read the rest of this entry »

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Broadside Malaysia takes a short break

14 September 2007

Broadside Malaysia is taking a short break. There will not be any post for the next couple of days because I’ll be away on an assignment.

Meanwhile, happy reading!


A great piece from Joceline Tan

9 September 2007

Credit must be given when credit is due. And I must congratulate the Malaysian Star columnist Joceline Tan (picture) for a great piece, Brace for a swing in votes, in today’s paper. She has since polished up her English and changed her writing style; and this has made her story very readable. Keep it up, Joceline!


A reporter’s notebook

7 September 2007

Zaki AzmiThe past weeks have been particularly exciting and colourful in Malaysia. And today is another busy day. The sudden elevation of controversial lawyer Zaki Azmi (picture) to the Federal Court, the nation’s highest bench, has not only raised eyebrows but caused much unease among the legal fraternity and many Malaysians.

I leave you some of my notes: Read the rest of this entry »


So, the Malaysian media have been lying

2 September 2007

Musa Aman 

A news item today from Bernama, the Malaysian state-owned news agency, has me wondering why the Malaysian media must be reminded to “disseminate the truth” and “play a responsible role in serving the community”. Read the rest of this entry »


Mahathir Mohamed, Malaysia’s online dissident

20 August 2007

Malaysia’s former premier Mahathir Mohamed’s disdain for the press, particularly the western media, is legendary. He despised Malaysian journalists who worked for the British, Australian and American press, publicly calling them “pet poodles of their colonial masters” because they often gave him a bad press. But the 82-year-old octogenarian, who brooked no dissent during his 22-year-reign as Malaysia’s longest serving premier, has become an online dissident of sort — enlisting Malaysian bloggers and online news websites to help him in his campaign to oust Abdullah Ahmad Badawi, 67, his hand-picked successor, from office.

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Khairy, the Oxford graduate, speaks faulty English

18 August 2007

 The Malaysian Star newspaper published two reports today that show that Khairy Jamaluddin, the deputy youth leader of Malaysia’s ruling United Malays National Organisation (Umno), speaks faulty English. Khairy graduated from Oxford’s St Hugh’s College with a degree in Philosophy, Politics and Economics (PPE). Read the rest of this entry »