I mean, let's face it, folks, it happens all the time.
New regime, new team. Changes are inevitable.
The issue is how drastic they're going to be.
Who will go (maybe no one), who will remain (many, I'm sure).
Changes are unnerving, I'm sure. But nothing that you're not used to.
When Abdullah Ahmad Badawi took over as PM in 2003, he effected changes in the NST when he appointed Kalimullah Hassan as group-editor-in-chief.
Kalimullah, as well all know, made drastic changes. He turned NST into a tabloid, he brought in Singapore Straits Times correspondent Brenden Pereira as executive editor (later group editor) and he got Ahirudin Attan (Rocky) removed as executive editor of the Malay Mail/Sunday Mail, and went on to literally killed an institution - The Malay Mail - and wiped out the Sunday Mail from the face of the earth.
And so on and so forth..
Of course, the Malay Mail, thanks to Media Prima and Ibrahim Md Nor, was resurrected but it lost so much ground after it's six-month suspension.
At the moment, the appointment of Ahmad Talib, former NST group editor, is waiting to be officially announced.
I was at the NST the other week to hand over something to somebody. Nothing important but needed to be done for someone.
Anyway I was then invited to have teh tarik at the canteen with a close friend and a former colleague.
While having coffee, another former colleague past by, said "hi, Ena" (with a wide smile) and just as he walked behind me, remarked softly but just loud enough : "...and they're all coming back". He sounded like it was the end of the world.
I replied ..."not yet XXXXX, not yet." And laughed.
I turned to my friend and told him that SOME people could get really spooked when they see me or Rocky or any ex-NST editor around NST especially when there's talk of this and that. And that was only my third "visit" to the NST since I left in 2006. The first two was when I needed to renew my car insurance with the NST cooperative.
Anyway, after Ahmad Talib's "unofficial" appointment as NST editorial adviser, the rumour mill has been on overdrive about other ex-NST journalists going back so much so that a certain senior executive at the editorial got so worked up.
I'd say he is real worried about the imminent changes (whatever they will be), judging from his briefing to his staff.
He ranted and raved, it seems, about why people like Ahmad Talib should not dismantle what they all had worked so hard to achieve. Blah blah blah...with some very unkind expletives thrown in.
Ohh...I'm not one to bitch about people, least of all in my blog. But since changes at NST will affect my ex-colleagues, I'd like to tell this ranter and raver to not lose sleep over this.
Take it easy, my friend. Stay cool.
If you're good, you're good.
So, folks...deal with it.
Oh, did I hear you ask me about the Malay Mail.
Rocky got so many calls yesterday after the Malaysian Insider reported that he was going to the Malay Mail as CEO.
Nothing to add to that except that that's probably half the story,