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The Sun Rises over Straits and Stars ? (updated) March 22, 2007

Posted by Tim in Malaysia, Thoughts.

It’s very rare that I manage to score a copy of the Sun. Because it’s free, copies are usually snapped up quickly. That and the whole stigma of having front-page ads (or should I say ads as front pages?), publishing fewer pages than the norm, and being less “established”.

But hey, quality over quantity; don’t judge a book by it’s cover; youthful energy, all that sort of thing.

With the “mainstream” papers adamant on labelling bloggers as liars, it was a breath of fresh air – or maybe a warming ray of Sunshine – to read the Sun‘s take:

Mohan: Sorry, Cikgu. But I can’t agree with what Azman said just now – treat all stories in the blogs and the news websites as rumours.

Zain: Why?

Mohan: Regular surfers of the Internet surely know by this time which blogs and news sites are credible and those they should avoid like the plague. They also know which Internet newspapers are professionally run and those that are merely gossip sheets. So to say that all stories from blogs and Internet newspapers are to be treated as rumours is not being very nice to those bloggers and Internet newspapers editors.

More rants on blogging later – for now, this is to compliment the Sun for their articles.

They dare to question illegal measures taken by UMNO, and you can compare their version of Tun Musa Hitam’s call to drop race quotas to bolster investment in Johor, with other sanitized versions.

In fact I nearly wrote “They are blog-like!”, but then realized it was more that some other publications don’t realize what being a newspaper means.

Unfortunately some articles are exclusive to their Web edition. Suits me fine though. I already get most of my news online anyway and only buy Star for In-Tech and Weekender.



1. Wilz - April 11, 2007

I go down to Cyberjaya every now and then for work. One of the things I look forward to when I am there is to read The Sun. Always a different and much more neutral perspective on things. I didn’t realize that such a newspaper even existed at first.

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