3540 Jalan Sudin. Whenever another veteran journalist starts a blog, you know it can't be a bad thing. When that veteran journo is the daughter of the country's most revered journalist alive, you know something's brewing.
Nuraina A. Samad was NST's political editor when Abdullah Badawi won his big mandate in 2003. And, not know to many outside Balai Berita, the political editor was the first post Kalimullah Hassan abolished when he took over Balai Berita in 2004. He would also dismantle her political desk as part of a mad strategy to let the 4th Floor operators control the flow of the news that matters in the mainstream media, NST particularly.
Nuraina's sister, Maria Samad, was already a star reporter at The Star, specialising on politics, when I joined the tabloid in 1985 as a cadet reporter.
Their dad, A. Samad Ismail, is the Tokoh Wartawan Negara.
Even if politics is not your cup of tea, then 3540 Jalan Sudin is one blog you'd want to bookmark!
The list of journos and ex-journos adding power to the Malaysian blogs is still short but growing. The ones I bookmark include:
Zaharah Othman (Kak Teh's Choc-a-Blog)
Susan Loone (Susan Loone's in-Human Rights)
Tengku Elida (The Madness of Mokciknab)
A. Kadir Jasin (The Scribe),
Ahmad A. Talib (Pahit Manis)
Ruhanie Ahmad (Gerbang Ruhanie)
Ong Hock Chuan (Unspun)
Fathi Aris (Patah Balek)
Syed Imran (Kuda Ranggi)
Amir Hafizi (The Malay Male)
Khalid Jaafar (Khalidjaafar.org)
p.s. at 10.05 pm
Tsk. I left out Marina Mahathir (rantingsbyMM) from my bookmark of journobloggers above. She was a journalist with Berita Publishing, then a subsidiary of the NSTP, between 1980 and 1984.
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