TMI May Be Gone, But Much Was Achieved


The sudden closure of news portal The Malaysian Insider sent shock waves across the nation. Penang Monthly meets its editor, Jahabar Sadiq, to ask some important questions.

In person, Jahabar Sadiq seems a very courteous and friendly fellow. It’s hard to believe that this is the same man who helmed The Malaysian Insider, a news portal accused of “sedition”, or that Jahabar, a pedigreed journalist, was accused of running a “pornographic website” by Communications and Multimedia Minister Salleh Keruak. Whether Jahabar is a wolf in sheep’s clothes or not, the truth is that one of Malaysia’s most prominent independent news portals folded on March 15 this year.

“It’s a very interesting comparison but it’s completely wrong,” he says. “Why are my website and I so undesirable?

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