The PM has announced that the Internal Security Ministry won't take any action against the New Straits Times (NST), as it had against two other newspapers, the Sarawak Tribune and Guangming.
And the reason? The NST has apologised! Wow! What a nice, well brought up and polite newspaper.
This exception has been despite Dr Mahathir telling the government not to practice double standards by allowing NST to get away with its insensitivity while Sarawak Tribune and Guangming had already been made examples for the same reason.
But no, the NST won't be suspended as everyone was hoping for. [except of course those at NST or UMNO]
Hoping for? Don't tell me Malaysians are that bad hearted?
Au contraire, if NST had been penalised for its cartoon faux pas, Malaysians would then be able to proudly say "in Malaysia, the same laws or standards apply to everyone. We have a fair government" - but alas, we have been denied that privilege. We should have known better.
When Kalimullah assured his staff not to worry, he knew what he was saying, because he knew!