Another new entrant to the blogsphere. Star's Wong Chun Wai alerted me of his blog last week but said he was not ready to announce its launch yet.
Finally, it was given a soft launch by the Malaysian Insider. Readers, especially The Star readers, can now engage Chun Wai in a range of issues.
He was severely criticized for the stand he took to tilt his newspaper's support towards the BN in the last election. The majority shareholder of Star (M) Publications Berhad is Huaren Holdings, a MCA investment arm.
In the Malaysia Insider interview, Chun Wai said “I write a column in the newspaper and the tone and manner of both the column and the blog are pretty similar. The main difference is the column is longer… it takes more time. Blog entries are much shorter. They represent a quick reflection of an issue,” he explained. Naturally, blogs are more immediate.
Being a keen reader of his column, "Off The Beat", I can sense the difference. Here, at the blogsphere, Chun Wai is more casual and candid. In The Star, his op-ed pieces during the GE continue to haunt his credibility.
I hope through his blog "New Malaysia" we will be able to see a new Wong Chun Wai - Reinvented and Empowered to speak up for all of us.
No reason for us not to support him since he is willing to help usher in a new era for Malaysia.