Side Views

Foreign interference in Malaysian politics? — Clive Kessler

December 30, 2012

DEC 30 — The New Straits Times (Sunday December 30) contains a long analysis and commentary entitled “Dubious Backers of Regime Change”.

Its author, Nile Bowie, warns of the menace of foreign interference and covert involvement and influence in Malaysian politics.

As well he might.

This lengthy article, now recycled in the BN government’s leading newspaper here, made its first appearance in RT.

RT? What is that?

RT, in its own self-description, is “the first Russian 24/7 English-language news channel which brings the Russian view on global news.”

RT, on its own say-so, “delivers latest news and current events from around the world including special reports, entertainment news and exclusive video.”

You would think that somebody in a position of editorial responsibility might have mentioned those originating auspices when proffering that item to the readers of the NST.

One would have thought so.

But perhaps Utusan’s now “celebrated” notions of journalistic and editorial ethics have now become the national “default mode” and have accordingly spread to the NST.

Foreign influence and interference?

Of all sorts, it would seem.

Some more bruited and officially trumpeted than others.

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