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February 13, 2012

The trouble with Valentine’s Day in Malaysia

Filed under: Citizenry, Malaysia, Media, Politics — Tags: , , , , , — bananachinese @ 2:51 pm

Why, oh why, nobody in Malaysia media or its band of journalists dare to grab this opportunity to write a good piece on this issue?

Every year we are treated with news of political parties sparring with each other over Valentine’s Day. Some doing so to protect the followers’ faith and the other wanting to appear as liberals to champion for all.

And not helping at all are journalists/reporters who produced fluffy response pieces to this yearly drama.

Hey journos, if you even dare, read below link, maybe this can help you to try to produce an article that can contribute more to make Malaysians more enlightened, ok?

The myth of Valentine’s Day exposed.

Really, the standard of analysis/journalism in newspapers and internet media is rolling down the hill *cue for Adele’s song Rolling In The Deep*.

Pity, our journos must have suffered so much from lowered public esteem that they are unable to see the way to produce international standards journalism/reporting.

I wonder what it will take to get National Union of Journalists (NUJ) to encourage its members, take this opportunity to write pieces to guide children or young adults to be better informed by triggering conversations like:

1) Where did these customs originate?

2) How did we inherit these customs?

3) Where do we find this practiced in our culture?

But, if the newspaper bosses think the current low standards of reporting is the best KPI for Malaysian readers, I rest my case.

For those interested to know more about Valentine Day’s industry (yes, this is a BIG money churner for entertainment/ F&B/ hotel, newspaper and media related businesses), go check out history books and encyclopedias at the library.

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