Yesterday, in Shah Alam, officers of Selangor’s Pakatan Rakyat Officers Association (Selproa) chased out Yazid Alias from a press conference at the state secretariat building.
Selproa secretary Ng Yap Hwa chased him out, claiming that the daily was a “federal government agent.”
It seems Selproa president Abdul Razak Ismail later told Ng to allow Yazid in but Ng said: “We can’t allow government propaganda machines into the press conference.”Yazid, who is attached to the Shah Alam bureau.
You can read the Star report on this incident HERE.
Now, didn't Ng just do something really stupid? It shows that he (or is he representing the PKR) cannot accept any newspaper that publish reports he/PKR does not like.
Call Utusan Malaysia whatever you like, that's your prerogative. Stop Utusan Malaysia representatives from attending your press conferences -- sure, that's also your prerogrative.
But chasing its reporter from your press conference? Doesn't it show you up as being so intolerant of newspapers that don't support you? Doesn't it show your arrogance as well?
We can debate until the cows come home or kingdom come about your issues with Utusan Malaysia, but that's another matter.
Because Utusan Malaysia can also accuse you of many things.
You chased out a reporter and "accused" him of being a federal government agent. That shows you up.
And you are the State Government.
The thing is that Yazid did receive an invite to cover the Selproa press conference but...
Ng. Tsk tsk tsk. Tak sporting-lah.