Sunday, March 16, 2008

The NST's Insider.

I didn't believe it when someone said the NST - yes, Kalimullah Hassan's fledgling tabloid - is french-kissing the new media and blogs. Read this article by Lee Siew Lian, this friend said.

So I did and, sheesh! WTF! I told this moronic friend of mine that if the NST writer wanted to pay tribute to blogs and the new media, she should be more sincere.

Lee Siew Lian was only interested in promoting one thing - the malaysian insider.
Scores of new sites and blogs sprung up during the general election fever, and the NST was promoting ONE site other then Malaysiakini. And everyone knows which are the most visited or "hit" blogs ! Not even Malaysia Today or rockybru had any billing, but this site....hmmmm...honestly I never knew of it until today !

Sheeeeesh. Know what? I found that all the staff at the malaysian insider, save for Leslie Lau, were all former NST journalists.
One of them, Joan Lau is an employee of Fox Communications, which is run by Brenden Pereira, Kali's machai and KJ's good friend. (Or perhaps she quit Fox after just a few months ?)

And you know what else?
This writer and Leslie Lau are newly-weds.

Now what the hell is NST trying to do? How can a writer be allowed to promote/advertise and sell and glorify a business concern which involves her own husband and sister-in-law?
Come on, Kali, where's the professionalism? Are we promoting cronyism and nepotism in and through the New Staid Times now?

And to think folks pay good money to buy this paper ! Over to you... people, you decide !

p.s. take a look at more "spins" by Dave here


zorro said...

SHANG, a drowning man clutches at any choices mah....after the demise of MonsterBlog, they conceived this Insider for the GE. and yet they swore that blogs dont play any part in the recent GE. when you can swim amongst the sharks you drink too much water and may drown. but the NST will do a CPR and come out with another website.Just good luck to them....even running dogs can get tired running.

Walski69 said...

C'mon lah, Fish-man... u should know by now that nepotism is like the new meritocracy... heh heh...

Well, this person stopped buying the NaSTy Paper a long time ago...

But NST embrace cyberspace? Based on that one article? Naaah... just regurgitating facts of the matter, while at the same time skillfully remaining loyal to the BN paymasters...

What NST has done with this article is merely stating the obvious - that cyberspace is the vehicle of change. The bigger picture is that we're seeing (IMHO) is a seismic paradigm shift in the political landscape... and as far as this bigger picture is concerned, NST remains oblivious, choosing instead to pander to their political masters, resplendent in the embers of a dying paradigm...

Cruel Angel said...

Congratulation Yang Amat Berhormat but your JOB just started.

Take care and good luck.

This MSM writer don’t understand that the reason people look for blogs is not because is easily accessible through net but because they wanna read something that don’t support the governement blindly!!!

Anonymous said...

I have read certain articles in the Insider.Personally,I think that the site is quite informative. I especially relished reading the blurb with re to KJ's diminished aura and his unceremonious descension in the aftermath of the 'tsunami'.

I do not personally know Kali,nor Leslie et al mentioned above in your blog. However, I do know that there are two camps - those for Kali and conversely,others for Rocky after the latter's boot from the MM stable. As a lay person, I am on neither side - not being privy to what had actually transpired.

What I do know is that there will be 'cronies' from either side touting each others blogs/writings. For example,you,Zorro, Nuraina,Tok Mummy,Shar and others may give a plug (or two) for one another in your respective blogs. Similarly,those on the other camp may do likewise.For lay readers who are on the lookout for good reads,its all fine by us. Its OK if one side or the other inform us of their 'cronies' blogs. Blog readers win.

Ultimately,discerning readers decide which is fluff,or not.

Thank you,Shanghai Fish.

Tiger Woodie.

Anonymous said...

I really want to hear what the previous ministers who said "bloggers are unemployed women who do not have anything better to do" has to say about this.

As for the MSM,I rest my case lah. Waste of time only.

Anonymous said...

Let's all just go fishing at the kelong....

shar101 said...

Yo SS,

MalaysianInsider or MalaysiaVotes, both are parachut... ahh.. parasite on-liners who think they got what it takes to outreach.

Most of us bloggers are doing it pro-bono therefore I doubt if these highly paid ex-writers/journos can sustain their newfound passion within the cyberworld. Anywayz, check out their funding and you'll get to the 'hidden hand'.

Still, as Tiger Woodie pointed out, let's rumble with these pseudo bloggers on our turf and if the court of public opinion benefits, we would have achieved an informed readership which ultimately is the prize.

P.S. I plug for you, meh? Are we related, bro?


Anonymous said...

aiyaaa ... all she said was that the two blogs crashed, which is a good indicator of traffic. i surfed that night too, and the blogs you mentioned were accessible. this means they did not crash. this means either they have great capacity, or they did not have high traffic. another theory is that people could have gone direct to the source, as you fav blog tends to only direct traffic to other sites, with nothing concrete written on the blog itself.

Anonymous said...

"I found that all the staff at the malaysian insider, except one Leslie Lau and their Net expert called Dinesh, were all former NST journalists"
From where do you get the info that Dinesh (Nair) is 'their' net expert? What is 'their'? Dinesh was mentioned in connection with Malaysiakini, not with the 'Insider'.
I happen to know Dinesh, and as far as I can guess, he wouldn't want to join NST.

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Anonymous said...

To be honest, I was wary of the Malaysian Insider site right from the start. They claimed all kinds of exclusive intelligence info (most of it, IMHO, not worth paying atention to) On my blog, I wrote that "The Malaysian Insider website that appeared for the first time around nomination day claimed to receive their info directly from BN intelligence sources and they were steadfastly sure that BN would win big. Their last call was that BN would win 81% of seats and take all states back."

My suspicion was that it was planted to sway people. Your findings appear to bolster my view.

Anonymous said...

The Insider is like a retirement home of ex-journos, no different from old horses put to pasture. Even while at NST, their writing skills left much to be desired. And then, some bloggers like Rocky and The Scribe have forgotten that they are what they are today because of NST, and are biting the hand that fed them well... Blog readers: Be cautious of what you read as these people all have ulterior motives and may not be sincere in their writing.

Shanghai Fish said...

To anon of 6:38 ,
Thank you for pointing out the fact and I do apologise for connecting Dinesh Nair with malaysian insider.And to Dinesh, please accept my sincere apology.
The posting has been amended accordingly.Cheers and Thank you.

Rockybru said...

Mr Fish, do be more careful next time abt your facts, ok? I hope all your other allegations are true, cos truth is your greatest defence in the event that you get sued by NST or any of the names you mentioned.

And dear Kash,
Did they really say 81 per cent?

No wonder Pak Lah believed the BN was going to be victorious in Kelantan and Penang - and win them Big - right up to polling Day. His advisers are so out of touch.

Listen to Keng Yaik, Pak Lah, and sack them all!

Anonymous said...

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PUTRAJAYA: Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi on Tuesday a 27-seat Cabinet line-up.
More than half of the ministers are new faces.
The full list:
Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi
Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak
Ministers in the Prime Minister's Department
Tan Sri Bernard Dompok
Datuk Seri Nazri Aziz
Datuk Ahmad Zahid Hamidi
Datuk Mohd Zaid Ibrahim
Datuk Amirsham Abdul Aziz
Deputy Ministers in the Prime Minister's Department
Datuk Johari Baharom
Datuk Dr Mashitah Ibrahim
Datuk K. Devamany
Datuk Hassan Malik

Minister - Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi
Second Finance Minister - Tan Sri Nor Mohamed Yakcop
Deputies - Datuk Ahmad Husni Hanadzlah, Datuk Kong Cho Ha
Minister - Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak
Deputy - Datuk Wira Abu Seman Yusop
Internal Security and Home Affairs
Minister - Datuk Seri Syed Hamid Albar
Deputies - Datuk Chor Chee Heong, Senator Wan Ahmad Farid Wan Salleh
Housing and Local Government
Minister -Datuk Ong Ka Chuan
Deputies - Datuk Robert Lau , Datuk Hamzah Zainuddin
Works Minister
Minister - Datuk Mohd Zin Mohamad
Deputy- Datuk Yong Khoon Seng
Energy, Water and Communications
Minister - Datuk Shaziman Abu Mansor
Deputy- Datuk Joseph Salang Gandum
Agriculture and Agro-based Industry
Minister - Datuk Mustapa Mohamed
Deputy - Datin Paduka Rohani Abdul Karim
International Trade and Industry
Minister -Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin
Deputies- Loh Wei Keong, Datuk Jacob Dungau Sagan
Foreign Affairs
Minister -Datuk Seri Dr Rais Yatim
Deputy- Tunku Azlan Abu Bakar
Minister -Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Hussein
Deputies -Datuk Wee Ka Siong, Datuk Razali Ismail
Higher Education
Minister - Datuk Khaled Nordin
Deputies - Khoo Kok Choong, Datuk Idris Harun
Datuk Ong Tee Keat
Deputy - Anifah Aman
Human Resources
Datuk S. Subramaniam
Deputy- Datuk Noraini Ahmad
Women, Family and Community Development
Minister-Datuk Dr Ng Yen Yen
Deputy- Noriah Kasnon
National Unity, Culture, Arts and Heritage
Minister- Datuk Shafie Apdal
Deputy-Datuk Teng Boon Soon
Science, Technology and Innovation
Minister- Datuk Dr Maximus Ongkili
Deputy- Fadilah Yusof
Entrepreneurial and Cooperative Development
Minister - Datuk Noh Omar
Deputy- Datuk Saiffuddin Abdullah
Natural Resources and Environment
Minister - Datuk Douglas Unggah Embas
Deputy - Datuk Abu Ghapur Salleh
Rural and Regional Development
Minister - Tan Sri Muhammad Muhd Taib
Deputy- Tan Sri Joseph Kurup
Domestic Trade and Consumer Affairs
Minister - Datuk Shahrir Samad
Deputy - Jelaing Mersat
Plantation Industries and Commodities
Minister - Datuk Peter Chin Fah Kui
Deputy- Senator A. Kohilan
Youth and Sports
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Deputy - Wee Jack Seng
Minister - Datuk Liow Tiong Lai
Deputy- Datuk Dr Abdul Latiff Ahmad
Minister - Datuk Ahmad Shabery Cheek
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Minister - Datuk Azalina Othman
Deputy - Datuk Sulaiman Abdul Rahman Abu Taib
Minister - Datuk Zulhasnan Rafique
Deputy- M. Saravanan

Anonymous said...

I kinda like msianinsider. At the end of the day, it doesn't matter who's behind a blog/news portal. Just read intelligently. Don't take everything you read on the net or mainstream to be the gospel truth.
everybody's got their spin, pet peeves, prejudices etc.
So peace ho

Dave Avran said...


thanks for the link. keep up the breaking news and scoops. see you at the usual. cheers.

Anonymous said...

Insider kepala hotak dia orang. All half past six people start spinning apa jadi?

Pening la.

Good angle bro.

Xtra said...

"Read this article by Lee Siew Lian, this friend said."

Hi Shanghai Fish,

I dearly wants to read the article by Lee Siew Lian, but the link you gave led nowhere. Could you post the link again, PLEASE

Anonymous said...

Yes, really.