Zainuddin Reminds Journalists Not To Dance To The Tune Of Foreign Media
KUALA LUMPUR, June 1 (Bernama) -- Information Minister Datuk Seri Zainuddin Maidin today reminded local media practitioners not to follow the style of the foreign media who are prejudiced towards the country.
"I hope local journalists will not dance to the tune of their foreign counterparts. There are local journalists who think too highly of the foreign media, and to me, this demonstrates their inferiority complex," he said when launching the Malaysia Creative competition organised by Bernama here.
Referring to the British Broadcasting Corporation's (BBC) article titled "Malaysia Rejects Christian Appeal" on the Lina Joy's court decision carried on its news portal yesterday, he said the piece was inaccurate and sensationalised.
The Federal Court on Thursday dismissed the appeal of Lina Joy, born Azlina Jailani, to drop the word Islam from her identity card.
Zainuddin said the reality was that Malaysia depended on the social contract between its various ethnic groups to achieve its current progress and prosperity.
He said the borderless world nowadays exposed the people to inaccurate and irresponsible news and information that could hurt feelings and lead to disunity.
"It's not easy to overcome this problem but we can educate our younger generation to make them understand about the country's aspirations so that they value the true meaning of independence and harmony," he added.
Admitting that the authorities would not be able to completely ward off attempts to colonise the minds of the people, he said that continuous efforts must be made to mould a society which loved the country, possessed noble values and exercised tolerance in a multi-racial population.
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