I find the Sun Daily is a good buy, although distributed free throughout the Klang valley! The news is easy to read and although many will not admit it but people read the paper because the news is just newsy and refreshing.
Nadeswaran in his Citizen Nades column give a very strong impression Malaysia still holds that freedom of expression even if it is just sometimes elusive.
I find his thought on Chandra Muzaffar interesting. In a reply, his rejoinder, riposte and with his no holds barred repartee, Nades is one of its kind in Malaysia that one day can be a national treasure, therefore I suggest any Sultan or governor reading this must consider him a Datukship for speaking his mind on behalf of Malaysia! Below is a sample of his repartee and rejoinder with Chandra Muzaffar. However, Chandra did explain in his letter to the Sun in response to Nades harsh reply to Chandra's letter to the Sun.
It started with Chandra's response to an article "Honest Journalism" in which Chandra said:
More pro-establishment? Not quite’ IN theSun’s interview with Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim, (Conversations, March 27) journalist Terence Fernandez makes a defamatory remark about me which has to be set right in the interest of accurate, honest jou
‘rnalism. He says that, "After Chandra was released from the ISA, he seemed to be more pro-establishment." I was released from detention under the ISA on Dec 18, 1987, after 52 days. At the end of January 1988 I issued a media statement as president of Aliran, in the name of a variety of NGOs, urging the government to free the rest of the ISA detainees and abolish the ISA. From May 1988 till the middle of 1989 I wrote a series of articles in the Aliran Monthly and spoke at a number of forums criticising the government for the unjust ouster of former Lord President Tun Salleh Abas, and the emasculation of the judiciary. In early 1990, together with a handful of other independent members, I resigned from the Majlis Perundingan Ekonomi Negara (Mapen), to protest what we regarded as the government’s manipulation of Mapen for electoral purposes. It was only after I stepped down as president of Aliran in November 1991 and helped to found a new NGO with some friends in
Honest journalism R. Nadeswaran Comment by R. Nadeswaran THIS newspaper has prided itself as one of the few that practise the poli cy of "right of reply." I have on several occasions said that everyone has a right to disagree with my views and I will endeavour to publish their views, subject to the editor’s right to edit it for clarity and relevancy. Sometimes, letters and replies are not published in full because of space constraints. Therefore, when colleagues in the office told me on Sunday that they received mail from Dr Chandra Muzaffar on the interview done by Terence Fernandez and this writer (theSun, March 27), my first reaction, without even sighting those letters, was: Use them. Yesterday morning, I read the first of two letters published in this newspaper (another follows on Thursday). First let me declare my interests – Terence is my colleague and I was at that interview with Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim. I don’t want to split hairs with Chandra, but I want to put the record straight. As much as he has an opinion about Anwar, Terence has his views about the former Keadilan deputy president. Chandra asserts that he wants to set right a statement "in the interests of accurate, honest journalism." I have no qualms about that. I know my colleague’s honesty and integrity, and what’s more, his obsession with accuracy. After all, he has been reporting directly to me in various capacities since 1999 and I have always had the pleasure of going through almost all his copy. Therefore, I take umbrage at insinuations and allegations that Terence’s comments were "mischievous". He made a comment and to emphasise the point, he used the word "seems", which is the perception - after Chandra’s infamous view – "that it would be an unmitigated disaster for
AND This is what Chandra response to Nades article:
I WAS surprised – and disappointed – to read R. Nadeswaran’s reaction (April 1) to my letter to theSun (March 31) on Terence Fernandez’s remark about my orientation after my ISA arrest in 1987. My purpose was to correct Fernandez’s remark about my seeming "to be more pro-establishment" after my release from ISA. Let me also add that this "pro-establishment individual" lost his job as professor and director of the Centre for Civilisational Dialogue at the
I don't know about you but I find the repartee between the two is interesting. However, my take is journalists sometime do sensationalize issues. If we read what Chandra said his answer was made at a spur of a moment for us to decide on his credibility. Personally I think he is still a man and an intellectual with integrity! Cheers! For the SUN have a good one!