TMI May Be Gone, But Much Was Achieved

By Marco Ferrarese

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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...

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Marco Ferrarese

is a musician, author and travel writer. He has written about overland travel and extreme music in Asia, and blogs at He also curates the Penang Insider, the smart guide for traveling and living in Penang, at His latest book, The Travels of Marco Yolo, is available in bookstores. Follow him on Twitter @monkeyrockworld.