P Ramakrishnan explains why Aliran has terminated its subscription to the New Straits Times.
The following press analysis was originally written for the New Straits Times following its invitation to us to contribute a regular column. But this first contribution to the column was eventually rejected by the establishment daily's powers-that-be for reasons best known to themselves.
It looks like the government is trying to ditch the Independent Police Complaints and Misconduct Commission in favour of an alternative body. What is interesting is how the NST, in its lead report, tries to sell this "independent body" as being "long-awaited" and reflecting "greater accountability". The daily also carries a supporting report describing the ombudsman system as "the best news in years".
Thinking Malaysians must be bewildered at the government's show-cause letter to the New Straits Times over its publication of a controversial syndicated cartoon that, some say, has hurt the feelings of Muslims in Malaysia.