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Monday, June 26, 2017

When a Media is Not a Media

Yesterday was Hari Raya Aidilfitri. Part of the national culture is the traditional open house event. The Prime Minister, DS Najib Tun Razak had graciously opened Sri Perdana to the public.

I had wanted to go, but belatedly realised it has been years since I have any batik cloth, which would be a more appropriate cloth for the event. But that didn't prevent many hundreds that came wearing just shorts or collarless t-shirt or even flip flops.

Apparently, the online media was prevented from covering the event. Well, that was what Mkini had published today.
And they took note that water bottles were also confiscated by the security minders.

They felt it was apt to highlight that they (online media or Mkini) had been prevented from entering the event, and water bottles too.
Maliciously titled to make fun of security arrangement

While the title might sound innocent and hilarious, it is deep with malice. 

Comments found at Mkini. It is not about being afraid but public interest. 

Airports have for years banned liquid from being brought onto international flight ever since the intelligence community had intercepted communication that an al Qaeda-inspired terrorist group planned to smuggle liquified explosive onto airplanes. The group based in High Wycombe, England were arrested within hours from launching their attack.

And let's see how Free Malaysia Today covered the event. They took a Bernama report, which clearly stated the heightened security.
FMT picked from Bernama

If Mkini is a reputable media agency as it purport it is, they would have realised they can still cover the event properly. After all, if anything happens at Sri Perdana, the repercussions would be catastrophic.

And you (Mkini) still wonder why you are not allowed to cover the event?

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