I’ve been reading some on-line news and commentary about the whole Christian fiasco sparked by a Utusan headline. To me, a warning letter and a meeting is a really weird way of handling the issue considering the kinds of actions meted out to others in the past for far less sinister reporting.
In my humble opinion, this kind of double-standards will just inflame the middle-class educated public even further and show everyone that the rules are applied equally to everyone – some more equally than others. If the BN government wants to project the right image of a fair and just government, it needs to do more.
I don’t know what is a suitable action but some things that the BN government can consider doing, based on past precedent – lock the reporter up under ISA, suspend the newspaper for a few weeks, sack the editors, or even rescind the publishing license for the newspaper. Not that I think it would repair any of the damage done, but it would at least show that the BN government is doing something about it.
I cannot even begin to imagine a stern letter and a meeting being all that is meted out if the same reporting was carried by some other newspaper.