Here’s an example of how our constructive, nation-building media by omitting a fact misleads readers (intentionally or not).
It reports the Sultan of Johor attacking Tun M for attacking the Forest City where 700,ooo apartments are being developed with the hope to sell to PRC Chinese.
“If investors wish to pump money into Johor Baru, do we say ‘no, no, if you are from China, you cannot come’.“Is there such logic? Anyone in their right mind knows that Chinese investors are among the richest and most influential now.
“So why should there be a problem? I welcome all investors,” Sultan Ibrahim said.
“Dr Mahathir thinks it is easy to play up race because these investors happen to be from China.
“This is utterly disgusting,” he added.
His Royal Highness said that Malaysian companies, with Chinese and Malay collaboration, would also benefit from the setting up of these mainland Chinese companies here.
What the report omitted is that the sultan has a personal interest in the project. He’s an investor with a Chinese developer.
If we cannot rely on an SPH publication to give us the facts on a “foreign” story, can we trust it to give us the facts when the story is local? After all its publications are supposed to be constructive, and nation-building.