t Double Yellow's Musings: <i>Gahmen</i> to Media: Don’t Parrot our Position
The warped mind of Double Yellow craves for humor everyday. His daily dose comes from The Straits Times, The Sunday Times, Today, Channelnewsasia, etc. He also thinks that because of this preamble, this blog will never get featured in the local media. And of course, please read the Disclaimer before embarking on the journey.

Saturday, November 05, 2005

Gahmen to Media: Don’t Parrot our Position

While I was away, an interesting development occurred. In reaction to the super-duper low ranking on press freedom, the gahmen told our media not to parrot their position. The irony is making me roll down Bukit Timah hill with laughter.

Funny hor, other people have been telling the media not to mimic the gahmen stance but the media dun care. Now the gahmen tell the media and they run a page 3 article on it. Even funny hor, is that if the media now stops aping the gahmen’s posture, then aren’t they exactly following what the gahmen is telling them to do? Hahahaha… sorry hor, cannot stop laughing :)

Our local media seem to have taken up the challenge of opposing discussing the gahmen’s assessment of the media and ran a piece today titled “To be responsible, the media must now be credible”. I also say but then hor, our media has loooooooooooong way to go before it can be responsible :)

Some of the examples given of responsible media are hilarious. First, BBC after London bombings – while they seem to have restored calm in London, one conveniently forgets all the anti-Pakistani attacks in Britain soon after. These incidents were in part caused by the BBC itself because they decided to isolate the perpetrators as being of Pakistani origin. Second, our local media after the JI arrests and SARS. While our media did a good job in maintaining the usual tranquil, it was not because of these incidents that we got such a super-duper low ranking in press freedom index now, did we? :)

Lastly, the gahmen say that we must not mimic the West. This is totally agree wif. But I cannot help wondering hor, how or who decides what has ‘worked’ for Singapore. And if something has ‘worked’ for Singapore, is it only measured in terms of how it has contributed to the GDP? Also, I'm sure our gahmen can still be clean and efficient with a freer press.


Blogger mooiness said...

"But I cannot help wondering hor, how or who decides what has ‘worked’ for Singapore."

Gahmen lah! Duh. :P And the cynicist in me says that the how is based on GDP. :)

8:03 PM  
Blogger doubleyellow said...

hey mooiness, you are right on both counts. Sad isn't it, that the definition of success in Singapore is so narrow and determined by just one institution. Oh well, we are talking abt Singapore right.... is there anything more we can expect :)

9:53 PM  

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