Friday, May 8, 2009

Malay Mail

I ended my association with the Malay Mail yesterday. Disquiet will no longer feature as a column.

MIS

40 comments:

Nanda said...

Thank you sir. The way I see it, they no longer deserve the honor of having Disquiet being featured as a column there.

Antares said...

The only decent thing to do! Bravo, Imtiaz.

Invisible Presence said...

Love your guts and beliefs.

Many, though unseen, are behind you, Malik. Trust me on this.

Eric said...

Hello Malik,

ironic isn't it? How we defend someone because we think he has principles and how we are shown wrong when he sells himself. You know what they say about hired hacks.

Please carry your Monday article on Perak on your blog. We'll always be looking forward to reading you. Sadly, the same cannot be said about the Malay Mail anymore.

Estrelita Soliano Grosse said...

Good for you!!!!!

peng said...

MM has a new pro-M CEO. I sort of expected this to happen.
Thanks for the articles you contributed to MM. Enjoyed every word of it.

Tiger said...

Good show of integrity, sir!
It's obvious that with the "Sold-Out" Brugger as CEO, MM will no longer be an independent voice.
I will miss their investigative reporting.
NST also sacked Tunku Aziz's column when he decided to join DAP.
It seems MM's integrity died together with democracy in Perak yesterday.

Singam said...

Bravo. There is no more need to help them to pretend to have relevance by hiding behind your words. Leave them to wallow in their barrenness.

ajip said...

terima kasih saudara malik

rgds

paranoidandroid said...

Sir, I have always admired you for who you are, what you stand for, and the calm, quiet, gentlemanly demeanour that you manage to preserve at all times.

Yvonne Young said...

Glad to know this. Otherwise, I may have to ignore your column... which is also difficult for me.
Bravo!

Voice of the Oppressed, Suppressed said...

I knew it was coming. There is no way an upright man's views would be accepted by low class journalism.
In any case your views are too superior for that inferior publication.
I reckon your readership following here, Malaysian Insider and elsewhere is larger than in Malay Mail - a third class newspaper. Who reads this paper anyway?

donplaypuks® said...

Has it anything to do with the appointment of a new CEO at MM, the happenings at Ipoh or your contract with MM expired and they did not renew it or all three reasons?

Perhaps you'd care to clarify?

I don't buy the MM anyway and it's no big loss since we can tune in to your blog.

Richard Loh said...

The right choice, the right way, a man with integrity and honor will always be blessed.

BravoEagleHotel said...

Bravo Malik ... I have stop reading the spin MSM since many moons ago and I dont seems to miss anything ... Again Bravo to you

Fair said...

Bravo Mr Malik, you did the right thing as MM will be biased and non-independent with the incoming CEO who has lost all credibility.

Untalkative Bunny said...

MIS - keep going. I am one of your many supporters and I will keep praying for you. Being of a different faith makes me appreciate what you are doing. May God Bless You and your Work.
- UB

Malik Imtiaz Sarwar said...

I chose to leave, there was no issue of a contract not being renewed nor was I asked to leave. It was my choice as a matter of principle.

I think the paper was very cleverly revamped when it changed hands and it has made an impression on a wide range of readers. I was also fortunate enough to have had an opportunity to work with Sheila Rahman and Tony Francis who were kind enough to give me the latitude I needed.

MIS

mei1 said...

You've made a wise decision. I think theSun would be a better choice for you to write on print media, at least it's a paper that dare to speak out instead of all the cover-up & flattering

D'Rimba said...

Halo, apa khabar, ni hau ma?

Jarod said...

Sir, i got to know about you via reading MM when I read upon a details article of yours.

Since then, I start to check here regularly for more brain opener :)

A wise choice for you and also for a better Malaysia.

njahmad said...

I have to put in my word about this person too, since there's an opportunity to do so right now. No, not about Rocky Bru but Sheila Rahman, the senior editorial consultant.

I don't know Mr Tony Francis, so I'll rightly refrain from giving any opinion of the man Rocky replaces.

MIS mentioned being "fortunate enough to have had an opportunity to work with Sheila Rahman..." I share the same sentiments - it has been a singular experience for me due to this very special person.`I have to put in my word about this person too since there's an opportunity to do this right now. No, not Rocky Bru but Sheila Rahman, the senior editorial consultant.

I don't know Mr Tony Francis, so I'll rightly refrain from giving any opinion on the man Rocky replaces.

MIS mentioned being "fortunate enough to have had an opportunity to work with Sheila Rahman..."

I share the same feeling: with me, I'd say having a working relationship with Sheila has been a wondrous experience for me. Now this is someone quite special.

Her warmth is genuine. She's also intelligent, open-minded, and has a great sense of humour. She is, really, a most unforgettable person.

Pratamad said...

MM is a gone case for good, so is the new person at the helm.

For good, because the paper, as Malik puts it, "was very cleverly revamped when it changed hands and it has made an impression on a wide range of readers" but now!

It is a paper without a soul, sadly. It's only a tool. RIP, MM.

dawsheng said...

Good for you, Malik. I respect you.

mut said...

With Rocky finally showing his true colors (anyone who has followed his blog would notice the change over time).

His writing was more and more like Kadir Jasin's by the day as he danced around words and issues as only a spin doctor would. The honesty in his writing was long gone. He had developed a political agenda that finally overcame the journalist in him.

So it is finally out in the open. Quid pro quo, but I think it was Mahathir who managed to co-opt him. Najib and gang were generally spared - and Rocky now has his reward.

Anonymous said...

just as rocky became the CEO?

coincidence?

I am with you Imtiaz on this.

Anonymous said...

malik,

well, no more mail for me though no big loss to them coz admittedly i am just an occasional reader of MM.

Gan said...

Good for you !

At least you won't have to be force to write articles that will betray your principles !

Anonymous said...

Thank God for honorable men! Lam KK'ning

bayi said...

I believe you have made the right decision.

Implosion said...

Wow.

I'm inspired.
Righteousness prevails.

Anonymous said...

You have my respect. It's well and truly their loss.

Best regards,
CPK

sheikhottoman said...

GUD JOB,NEVERMIN I WILL C YA IN EVRIWHRE..DON MAKE U-TURN

galadriel said...

U know Malik, I never knew Disquiet was featured in Malay Mail. If I wanted to read you I came here.

Your comment here abt why you chose to leave is cryptic. Wanna say more?

Old Fart said...

How they managed to let some of your articles through is a wonder...for those little mercies, I should say thank you to MM too.

Cruzeiro said...

Right on, MIS!!!

You're better off without them - they don't deserve your patronage!

zorro said...

As to be expected!

free said...

You are a sense of pride and inspiration for many of us!!!

Keep moving forward. March on. Rain or shine.

Anonymous said...

Sir, May your tribe increase and multiply in this land in terrible birth pangs.

May the Lord God of heaven protect you, and make you bold to speak the truth, and battle for justice.

"Pr 17:15 He that justifieth the wicked, and he that condemneth the just, even they both are abomination to the LORD." Solomon, Proverbs 17:15.

Anonymous said...

which code of ethics does the malay mail subscribe to? NUJ? or Canons of Journalism? or does the newspaper have its own code?

jolyn