Wednesday, November 08, 2006
posted by PabloPabla at 6:00 pm

The Star Online just reported that the Weekend Mail has been suspended by the Internal Security Ministry for breaching guidelines and conditions under the Printing and Presses Act 1984 (Act 301). Ministry Secretary-General Tan Sri Abdul Aziz Mohd Yusof said reports and photographs in the paper's Nov 4-5 issue focusing on sex and sexual issues were contrary to values practised by Malaysians.

I did not read that issue. So I am not qualified to make an assessment of the contents of the "offending" issue. But what I can say is our so-called Malaysian values on sex and sexual issues are not as morally high or perfect as what we tout to be. Just look at the number of sexual crimes these days. It would be interesting if the Attorney General's Chambers could issue the number of sex crimes prosecuted over the past 10 years to see if there is a rising trend vis a vis the growing population of the country. It would be more interesting if the police could also issue the number of sex crimes reported over the last 10 years to see if there is also a rising trend. And mind you, these are reported cases. It does not take a rocket scientist to figure out that the number of unreported sex crimes could be as high if not, higher than the reported cases.

Which brings us to the question, "How are we approaching this problem on sexuality, sex education, morality and sex crimes in the country?". Sweeping under the carpet? Looks very much like it to me. Meanwhile, another newspaper bites the dust.

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At 6:07 pm, Anonymous Anonymous

"contrary to values practised by Malaysians"

Don't Malaysians have sex?


At 6:26 pm, Blogger EA Cheng

Another question worth asking: Is the immature person our citizens, or the authority?

By the way, I am Eng Aun ;)


At 5:38 am, Blogger Happysurfer

Another one bites the dust, you are right. It is stated as suspension though.



At 9:04 am, Blogger PabloPabla

anon : We don't. Let alone doing it in different positions and styles.

ea_cheng : Hello Eng Aun. Thanks for dropping by. Authority says we are immature. So, we are.

happysurfer : Hello! Trying not to sound too harsh lor.


At 10:36 am, Anonymous Paris Beaverbanks

Authorities should put more effort into stopping heinous crimes like sex crimes and blowing up bodies instead of focusing on something as mundane as this. I mean its the Mail for crying out loud! They are meant to be sensational! :p


At 4:09 pm, Blogger PabloPabla

paris : I think it is a crap paper anyway. LOL!


At 10:29 pm, Blogger team BSG

Actually I prefer the old MM, and stopped reading MM altogether for childish sexy news which couldn't titillate my manly tastes.

Now they are suspended! My god, did I miss somwthing ? ( no no not by any chance I guess ! hahaha !


At 4:55 pm, Anonymous Ruth

Well, I did read the issue. It was an issue that was done in poor taste as every single section - from health, beauty, entertainment - was about sex. The centrepiece story, amusingly enough, was about sexual fetishes.

While that issue was in poor taste and unbecoming for a paper that once championed the little person (albeit in a sensational manner) I didn't think it was a suspend-able offence.


At 11:23 am, Blogger PabloPabla

tonixe : The MM, prior to its suspension, had gone down the dumps in terms of the contents. Probably ought to close down anyway.

ruth : Hello Ruth! I finally managed to get a copy of the now extinct MM. Whilst they were so zealous about revealing the results of their survey, I do agree that it was somewhat done in poor taste as it could have been better presented in a less "sexual" manner. LOL! The problem is, the law states that they can be pronounced guilty without a fair trial.