It was unanimous. Newspaper editors and their representatives who attended a meeting to discuss the setting up of a media consultative council in Kuala Lumpur pretty much shot down the idea.
They were from the NST, Berita Harian, Nanyang, Oriental Daily, The Sun and Utusan. Also there were Syed Akbar Ali who was there not to represent all bloggers but as president of Bloghouse Malaysia and National Union of Journalists' secretary-general V Anbalagan.
Bernama editor-in-chief Yong Soo Heong was present.
Notably missing were representatives from the Sun, the Malay Mail, Sin Chew and the Edge who were invited.
The online news portals were not invited to the meeting.
Chairing the meeting was the Information, Communication and Culture Ministry's secretary-general, Kamaruddin Siaraf.
After the outline of the proposal was read out, we were asked for our views.
The print media representatives spoke up. So did Syed Akbar and Anbalagan.
After about an hour of exchanging views during which Kamaruddin explained at great length and insisted that it would be a "consultative" council and not at all to control the press - it was clear that none of us were in favour of having the council.
Kamaruddin accepted the decision and concluded the meeting, saying that he would be reporting to the government the outcome of the meeting.