malaysiakini has a month by month or is it week by week section called 'Headlines' where it samples headlines from other online news portal. But I think it could do to improve the headlines of its own.
For example, a ‘Churlish State of Affairs’ should be the more appropriate malaysiakini headline for the government immature marginalisation of the DAP in a Merdeka funding ceremony, instead of the prosaic ‘DAP: No info, invitation, cheque...’
Opposition MPs, particular those from the DAP were livid with rage when they were not invited to a function last Wednesday where the allocation of RM30,000 per constituency for the Merdeka celebration had been handed over to (only) Barisan Nasional representatives. Basically, the DAP MPs were ignored.
A DAP MP asked: “Isn’t it true that Merdeka Day celebrations are for all citizens regardless of their race, religion and where they live? Should it matter whether they live in an area that is represented by the BN or the opposition?”
Indeed, and let’s not forget that even in DAP held constituencies, many voters there had actually voted for the BN (and of course vice versa) - food for thoughts.
malaysiakini should employ me as editor – I’ll promise to liven up the news headlines for them. Hmmm, I predict outraged protests from certain quarters ;-) and a short tenure as editor before I am shipped off to Kem Kamunting.
For example, the lamentation of the marginalised Indians as depicted in a malaysiakini letter by Narayasamy is not strong enough - just look at the weak ‘Indian M’sians planned to be forgotten by 9MP’.
Narayasamy wrote (just an extract): The answer given to a query in Parliament recently on allocations to uplift under-privileged Indian Malaysians sums up the position of the community in this country. Apparently, there is no specific allocation made in the Ninth Malaysian Plan - probably because nobody thought that it was a matter of any importance.
More than a decade ago, a foreign journal had mentioned that the Indian Malaysians are 'the forgotten community' of this nation. As far as the Ninth Malaysian Plan, it is indeed the forgotten community. But the disturbing fact seems to be that it is planned to be forgotten.
Why not a more bold headline like ‘Indians Betrayed by Samy Vellu’ or ‘Just rule of Islam Hadhari not for Indians’?
And I mustn’t forget our de facto leader – how about ‘KD (Kapal Defacto) PKR sinking in Malaysia, Captain on land in Europe’?
Oh, and on his blue-eyed boy, Azmin Ali, who dismissed Ezam Mohd Nor’s condemnation of Anwar Ibrahim as a dictator because he (Azmin) 'knows Ezam’s game plan' whatever that is, I reckon it would merit ‘We were once secretaries’ or perhaps ‘Once secretaries, now rivals’.
I am now open for calls from Steven Gan or Premesh Chandra.