NST tells controversial writer to end column - again!
The first time Amir Muhammad lost his column in the NST was in 1999, at the height of Reformasi, when he was just 28, and not too long before the general election. So when an editor go a call over a lunch hosted by the US Embassy earlier today that Amir had written his last column in the NST ["The Elephant" and the wins], he remarked: "Elections must be very near."
After lunch I called up Amir and he confirmed the news. He said he was not told why they wanted him to stop writing. "I knew why I had to stop the last time but this time around, I don't know the reason," he said.
I checked with friends at NST. It seems that someone at the top decided that the NST would be relying on staff writers and that's why Amir's column had to end. Sounds like a feeble excuse to me but there you are. I suppose Khairy Jamaluddin has been told to take a hike, too. Or is he still writing for NST?
I am sure we'll see the byline Amir Muhammad in another daily soon. Till then, go check out his blog, Writing by Amir.