WHEN I was at The Sun, we had to do a number of things to make readers and media industry executives sit up and regard us as a newspaper to be taken seriously. We wanted to prove that although we are a free newspaper, we will not be frivolous in our news pages. We were, however, handicapped by a lack of resources as we did not have a big nation-wide reporting team.
So, instead of trying to match our competitors for the breadth of their reporting, we focused on where we thought they were weak – strong commentaries and investigative reporting. For the latter, I turned to R. Nadeswaran, popularly known as Citizen Nades. I formed the Investigative Reporting desk and made him the head with only one staff – Terence Fernandez.
My message to them was: “Go do what you are best at but make sure you get the facts and story right.” What happened after that was a slew of scoops and special reports on scandals that the Malaysian public had not seen in their newspapers for decades. More ...
SHEER fatigue caused me to gripe when the stack of documents landed on my desk. Don’t get me wrong, I love a good scoop, but as one half of a two-man team – and the younger of the two – the running around was left mostly to me. As the one supposedly with the better eye-sight it was also my job to run through the hundreds of pages of literature with a fine tooth comb and highlighter. Irony is I wear glasses but Citizen Nades doesn’t! And you wonder how Nades makes it all seem so easy. The fact that he has 20 more years of experience may have something to do with it.
So here we were near exhaustion following the shenanigans of the late Datuk Zakaria Deros, he of the Istana Zakaria fame. The Finance Department was already questioning our travel claims – almost daily to Port Klang. Just when I thought we would see the last of Nades’ birth place for a while, we were driving back there again to pursue this thing called the “free zone” – a topic that took me out of my own comfort zone and exposed me to new terms such as TEUs and made me wish I had paid more attention in Business School. More ...