PETALING JAYA: Some 60 media people including 30 bloggers – the New Media – spent a day at the RMAF airbase in Kuantan yesterday courtesy of the Defence Minister and the ministry. They were guests of the RMAF for that day.
The visit to Kuantan airbase was a replacement for a two-day sojourn to the Pulau Layang-Layang, scheduled last July but cancelled at the last moment – officially due to bad weather but some say after the China Foreign Ministry complained. My name was submitted as theSun representative for the trip but the Defence Ministry insisted to my editor that the newspaper sent someone else. My editor said take me or no one will go but since the trip was cancelled at the last minute, the matter ended just like that.
Nonetheless, I was told to check why the ministry did not want me to go to Pulau Layang-Layang and was told “You are too critical of the minister. If you want to be invited in the future, be more positivelah”. Anyways, they proceeded with the Kuantan airbase trip without inviting theSun again (if you were wondering why theSun did not cover the event.
Basically, the Defence Ministry is hoping for a positive vibe from such a media trip hence my exclusion. To be honest I am not sure whether I would have written something critical about the Pulau Layang-Layang or Kuantan airbase if I had attended either of them. Since I did not go we will never know then.
Anyhow since senior editors (the original invitation were for senior editors) are not obliged to write anything on such trips (I checked the other papers none carried anything about it) I guessed we have to rely on the New Media people to write about the trip. Read Here . If you find any other posts from other bloggers about the event, please email me the link and I will put it up here also.
I am hopeful the Defence Ministry will be very pleased with the positive vibes as a result of the Media Day. Hopefully the image of the Armed Forces and especially the RMAF will be boosted by such event. It appears that as we rushed headlong to embrace the New Media, the Old Mindset remains.