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Don't be old wine in new bottles: Let reporters do their job

Susan Loone  |  Published:  |  Modified:

COMMENT | In the early hours of May 10, the journalist fraternity joined in the jubilation after Malaysians voted for change and put an end to BN's 61 years rule in the country.

Most of us had been dreaming of a world with press freedom and an end to oppressive laws, as promised in Harapan's election manifesto.

At last, we got a prime minister who actually addresses the press, where we would throw him questions, without fear or favour, and he would field those queries with the same gusto.

Yes, in a way, Dr Mahathir Mohamad is a breath of fresh air, compared to his predeccesor Najib Abdul Razak, who avoided questions - like these were a plague from the reporters.

But for local journalists like me, who are away from the seat of power in Putrajaya, I must say it is a real struggle to cover our former opposition leaders who are now ministers in Mahathir's cabinet.

It's a battle every day, especially when you are an independent media, when the colour of your tag is still grey, and you don't have a TV crew accompanying you...

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