Karangkraf Media Group chairman Datuk Hussamuddin Yaacub, in standing by his tweets and Facebook postings this afternoon, took a swipe at officers representing ministers and ministries who “threaten to boycott” the media if they do not sing the same tune.
Speaking to Twentytwo13, Hussamuddin said his message was “quite clear” and it was a problem faced by most media but “no one has dared to speak openly.”
“We know who they are,” he said, in reference to alleged little Napoleons who go around pushing their weight on media organisations.
“This young ciku thinks he is so big,” he said, stopping short of naming the person in his tweet.
He went on to say: “Siapa yang makan cili, dia terasa pedas.”
He also said the relationship between most ministries and the media was “very bad” compared to the previous administrations.
“Najib’s (Datuk Seri Najib Razak) time was the best … he had a good media team and they had good PR (public relations) even though they may not have liked us.
“Even though Sinar Harian (a daily under Karangkraf Media) gave space to the opposition, he (Najib) still engaged with us. We gave Pakatan Harapan (leaders) space when they were the opposition. When PH became the government, (its leaders) were not happy when we gave Barisan Nasional space. But they (PH) continued to engage with us.
“With this (current) breed (of officials), the engagement is poor, including at the PMO (Prime Minister’s Office) level.”
Hussamuddin, who referred himself as being “fiercely independent”, said it was time for officials in the present administration to act professionally.
“Respect the media and engage with us. But do not stop us from publishing (news),” he said.
Source: Twenty Two 13