Free press but self-censorship? October 18, 2006Posted by elizabethwong in Current Affairs, Human Rights, Malaysia, Note2Self, Politics.
Prime Minister Abdullah Badawi said last Sunday that there is free press in Malaysia but it is the media which self-censors.
Yeah, that’s right. Blame the media.
Case 1. 17 Oct 2006: Press Conference of Coalition Against Water Privatisation
The press conference was packed with media folks. Standing room only. It was called by the Coalition to respond to the controversial 15% hike in water rates in the state of Selangor, which the controversy has all the makings of a major political drama (cronies such as Syabas, buy-outs of civil society groups, threats of bodily harm to activists…)
No news the next day. The coordinator of the coalition said there is a official directive not to publish this news.
Case 2: 17 Oct 2006: Nationwide Picket outside Telekom office
More than a thousand workers from the National Union of Telecommunications Employees (NUTE) who are Call Centre Workers at the Retail Customer Contact Centre (TMRCC) Telekom Malaysia, picketed all over the nation, in protest over the company’s decision to go ahead with sourcing out the call centres to VADS Ltd. on 10th Oct.
This is their second picket. The first was held on 11 Oct. No news on either protests. A labour activist said this is due to it being a politically-connected deal, and again, a directive was issued not to publicise the issue.
VADS gets RM255m TM job
October 03 2006, The Edge Daily
Telekom Malaysia Bhd (TM) has awarded a five-year contract worth RM254.6 million to its 67.7%-owned VADS Bhd to manage its TM Retail Contact Centre.
The contract will make VADS the largest contact centre service operator in the country.
TM said on Oct 2 that VADS Contact Centre Services Sdn Bhd (VCCS) would manage the inbound and/or outbound calls in TM’s directory assistance services (103), domestic and international assistance services (101) and emergency services (999). Under the contract starting on Jan 6, 2007, VCCS would handle TM’s telemarketing services, card services, telegraph services and other services agreed by both parties.
VCCS would also handle all contact centre operations and human resource of TM Retail Contact Centre to VCCS. All TM Retail Contact Centre staff would be offered to join VCCS on the latter’s terms.
TM said the contract was expected to enhance revenue generation for VADS and strengthen its position in the contact centre business.