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And the Newsmaker of 2008 is...
Published:  Dec 31, 2008 11:20 AM
Updated: Dec 23, 2010 6:19 AM

newsmaker n. One whose actions consistently make news headlines, who effects the course of public discourse and creates an impact in Malaysian politics, for better or worse.

The signs first surfaced late last year, but the intelligence reports, the alarming graphs and the ground readings were ignored.

Was it complacency or sheer arrogance that led the authorities to embark on a mission of vilification, arrests and charges in court?

The ‘shock and awe’ tactics did not work. Out of this, instead, grew the courage of convictions that was expressed in the outpouring of disgust which swept away decades of fear, differences and indifference.

For thinking the unthinkable and daring to achieve it, Malaysiakini proudly declares that its Newsmaker of the Year is...

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