Nusmetro & Malaysiakini are now LGE’s buddies in the Kg Buah Pala issue

By Wong Mun Chee

Watching the video on “Nusmetro speaks” on Malaysiakini, I wonder whether the script writers for both LGE and Thomas Chan are the same person. What is even more disgusting is the reporter from Malaysiakini has already decided $500,000 is the “durian runtuh’ for those residents.

Wah!! Since when have reporters become property appraisers or has it been decided that the residents are just about $$$$ although they have time and time stated they would rather preserve their way of life?

Aren’t reporters supposed to be objective in their personal views? It must be happening only in Penang and in particular in Kg Buah Pala. When the world braces itself with world recession and depreciation of properties, only in Penang and more so in Kg Buah Pala that land is valued at $357.14 per sq foot even without the building being there.

At this current stage I am beginning to doubt the credibility of some of Malaysiakini’s citizen journalists as they seem to be biased in their thoughts by making their own subjective minds as opposed to the neutrality that is expected from them.

Look at the questions posed by the reporters; it seems so dictated and in tune with what has been reported to create a negative perception on the Kg Buah Pala residents to ensure that LGE’s government who is in cohorts with the Developer are supposedly doing the right thing.  

Where are the questions such as how can you launch your project and conduct sales even before it was approved, how come your brochure stated over 1,000 sq feet but in the S&P it is only 700 sq feet, why hasn't the Joint Venture agreement with the Koperasi been made public, why have so many banks refused to finance the prospective purchasers, what are the sale figures and how many purchasers have cancelled their purchase. I could go on and on and bore you. Where are the objective questions that are there to gauge public sentiments rather than helping to blow the trumpet for LGE and Nusmetro?

If you are objective in your mind, you will notice that all Malaysiakini's questions seem to be tailored to fit the agenda and that is disappointing. What difference is there between the UMNO run media and those media that is supposed to unearth the truth in an objective manner? I would rather stick to MT in this issue.  

To be precise – is this another propaganda scam by the LGE government, this time with the assistance of the Developer and Malaysiakini to blemish those Kg Buah Pala residents? 

The sad path of the whole affair, at least in the media's mind, is that nobody seems to address the plight of the Kg Buah Pala residents but only how the media can swing the whole thing mainly through reporters who fail to be objective in their reports for reasons known best to them.

Whatever that has been said and done, I respect the resilience of the Kg Buah Pala residents to right a wrong for they have been the victim of both the previous government and the current government on false hopes.

I just wish we the general public can unite and be as resilient as they are as they fight a cause for what is just and fair whether it is BN or Pakatan. Our thoughts and actions should actually reinforce our strength rather than hinging on someone else or on false propaganda that we are so used to.   

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