Uninformed Reporter

Taken from The Star Online, August 14 2009. Originally written by Yeng Ai Chun.

There was a sense of disbelief in court Friday morning when a reporter said she did not know the political party which Karpal Singh belonged to. RTM reporter E M, 26, who took the witness stand on the third day of Karpal’s sedition trial, was cross-examination by Jagdeep Singh Deo.

Jagdeep: Do you know which party is Karpal Singh from?

E : I am not sure.

Karpal who was also present, could not help smiling in amusement when she said that.


Earlier, Jagdeep asked E if she knew who Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim was.

She replied that he was PKR president.

Jagdeep: Do you know PKR is part of a bigger party?

E: I am not sure.

Jagdeep: Have you heard of Pakatan Rakyat? There are other component parties in Pakatan Rakyat. Do you remember?

E: (silence)

Somebody at RTM's Human Resource got some explaining to do. Sigh.

More journalists, less reporters. Please.

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