1.45am news update
Aah, they will print A. Kadir Jasin's letter after all!
But, predictably, an Editor's note will be added at the end of A. Kadir Jasin's letter stating something to the effect that "We stand by HIS article ..."
No, I don't need little birds to tell me. I've been in the business so long that some things and some people have become so predictable.
By the way, I agree wholeheartedly with Mustang. Kalimullah should not have kept mum at the AGM and let AKJ tear Hishamuddin to pieces. The song Coward of the County is playing in my head.
If they print Sufi Yusoff's letter as well, they'll be outdoing themselves. But watch for the same one-liner at the end of the letter...
6.30pm news update
Question on everyone's mind is, will Hishamuddin be allowed to publish A. Kadir Jasin's letter?
He gave his word in front of the NSTP directors and shareholders, so I suppose he will have to. But we'll really have to wait and see. After all, Kalimullah said in his column on Sunday he would NOT be writing regularly ...
I am also waiting to see if another Letter To The Editor, sent yesterday by Sufi Yusoff on behalf of former Prime Minister Dr M, will see the light of day at all.
The letter referred to an article entitled "Turning to what works best in dire situations" published in the NST yesterday and carrying the byline Brendan Pereira, the ex-Straits Times journalist who is now NST's group editor.
The commentary by the ex-ST journalist accused Dr M of, among other things, "tossing half-truths and known facts into a mix and allowing the combination to emit its own stench".
Dr M had allegedly done these at a dialogue organised by Malaysia Today on Saturday where he continued to nag at his successor, Abdullah Ahmad Badawi.
The NST did not publish any story on the dialogue. It also did not send any reporter to cover the event, according to the dialogue organisers. Brendan Pereira most definitely was not at the dialogue.
At the AGM earlier today, A. Kadir Jasin gave Hishamuddin a refresher's on how to differentiate a news story from a commentary and an editorial.
The longest NST annual general meeting, which lasted more than 2 and a half hours, was also the hottest.
Former NSTP group editor-in-chief A. Kadir Jasin practically fried current GEIC Hishamuddin Aun in front of another former GEIC, Kalimullah Hassan, who had wisely switched to silent mode.
A fiery Kadir had demanded that Hishamuddin (who was sat on the front row of the auditorium and is not a board member) publish a Letter To The Editor he is going to send in response to Kalimullah's "personal attacks" against him in a two-page column today. (for perspective, see latest comments left by Bandit in response to my last posting "WHO'S NEXT?")
The first time Kadir asked him, Hisham was seen looking at Kalimullah, who sat not a metre away with the other directors facing the shareholders, for silent guidance.
The second time Kadir demanded an answer from him, Hisham turned around in his seat and said, "I will have to read the letter first".
Kadir reminded Hisham that he cannot "read the letter first". "It is my right of reply. Your newspaper has made accusations against me and since the Chairman does not wish that I raise this matter here at the AGM, then you must give me a right to reply to what your paper has written about me."
"So are you going to publish my letter or not?!"
All eyes on Hishamudin. He said, "On this issue, yes."
So, bros and siss, watch out for what Kadir Jasin has to say. I asked him after the AGM when he's going to write the letter. Maybe today, he said.
If the NST's circulation goes up tomorrow, you'll know why.
P.S. In journalism, you say sorry for erroneous reporting.
Some postings ago, I wrote about talk that Kalimullah might become chairman to replace the retiring Retired General. I was wrong. I am sorry. But I am not sorry. You know what I mean.