Ali Rustam stops JUST short of saying that RTM is biasedPosted: June 29, 2008
MALACCA, June 29 — Umno vice-president Datuk Seri Mohd Ali Rustam has called for a halt on any plans to air the upcoming debate between Information Minister Datuk Ahmad Shabery Cheek and Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR) adviser Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim on RTM.
“It’s not relevant and should be cancelled,” he told reporters after opening the annual meeting of the Malay Contractors Association Malaysia yesterday.
He said it was not proper for the state-run television station to air the debate as it involved Anwar who had always been keen on bashing the Barisan Nasional (BN) government.
Ali, who is Malacca chief minister, was commenting on the debate – themed “Hari Ini Membentuk Kerajaan, Esok Turun Harga Minyak” (Form the government today, reduce the oil prices tomorrow) – scheduled for July 15 at the Dewan Bahasa dan Pustaka.
Ahmad Shabery and Anwar have confirmed their participation in the debate which may be telecast live.
Anwar had previously said that the Pakatan Rakyat (People’s Alliance) would reduce the fuel prices if it formed the government.
Mohd Ali said there were many other leaders who had the credibility and had worked hard to help the government, who could be invited for a televised debate on the issue.
“We should invite members of non-governmental organisations who have been helping the government to explain the issue rather than a person who have nothing good to say about the government,” he said.
Mohd Ali also objected to a proposed forum to discuss issues related to Malay supremacy and social contract, saying that such a forum could create racial tension. — Bernama
Original article taken from here.
Oh, the fool! Does he know that he has just admitted that RTM is the mouth-piece for Barisan Nasional? Does he realise that he has just said it with his own mouth what we have known and claimed for ages?
He has said enough. And what he has said just doubly confirms the fact that we already know. “State-owned” RTM should not give air-time to the likes of Anwar Ibrahim who have “nothing good to say about the government”. Meaning that the only thing that is worthy of being aired by RTM is anything that paints Barisan Nasional in good colour. Anything shady, or anything negative shouldn’t be aired.
Why? Because RTM is “state-owned”.
So I guess this applies to most of the mainstream newspapers as well, doesn’t it? After all, most newspapers are either owned by UMNO, or MCA, or MIC, or any other Barisan Nasional component party, or basically, “state-owned”.
So much for “free media”. Ali Rustam has effectively admitted what other Barisan Nasional members have been denying all along. Media is controlled by the government. End of story. Ali Rustam has left no room for debate.