Shabery cheek can continue living in his own warped world when he says there’s no envelope or red enveloped journalism. This is a practice employed by many politicians bribing journalists to write good stories on them.
The most important asset for a politician is publicity. They must be in the news all the time to stay relevant. Sometimes, even the most mundane things done by the politicians received extensive coverage.
If journalists were to report on politicians based on merits alone, they wouldn’t have anything to report on. Politicians know this and the only way to remain in the limelight is to pay journalists. The practice of cavorting with journalists, giving money, paying for trips, keeping them on retainer, are widely practiced. They are not reported yes, but that does not mean, they do not take place.
In the absence of official and formal reports against backshish, mordida, tumbuk rusuk, rasuah, one relies on anecdotal information. Sakmongkol knows of a well known journalist who was paid RM1 million to defend a leading TELCO's competence as a broadband player. Sakmongkol also knows of a certain female journalist almost on retainer by a spouse of a leading politician. Her principal job is as an apple polisher. Otherwise also known as a spin meister. Also known as putar alam. Sakmongkol prefers to call them prostitute journalists..
Meanwhile, shabery cheek as the misinformed information minster can go on believing there’s no envelope journalism. Its like asking us to believe that in the current UMNO elections, there’s no envelope delegates. Perhaps, a more suited term for the money politics in UMNO to buy delegates, is angpow politics. We live in a world of red envelope politics.