If you've been reading this blog for a while, you'd find that - of the mainstream newspapers, I like The Sun the best. And that I reckon NST and The Star are not worth the recycled toilet paper they are printed on.
The Sun tends to tell things as it is, not spun like goddamn candy floss. And unlike malaysiakini, which is another good source of alternative news, The Sun is free.
So, where is this little tirade coming from? Have a read of two versions of the same story - of a young couple who wanted to get their marriage registered at the NRD but were delayed due to some procedural discrepancies. One version is from The Star, the other from The Sun. I couldn't find the story in NST.
Read how The Star paints the NRD as soooo.. customer service oriented, with a can-do attitude.
The Sun's version however, reveals the NRD to be like cattle. A cow that only takes a single step each time you prod it with a stick. In this case, the stick was the increasing number of reporters showing up at the NRD.
SPUN - THE STAR
Wedding glitch ‘addressed’ quickly
While the anxious couple and fretful family members waited outside the office, the matter was conveyed to NRD Director-General Datuk Mohd Abdul Halim Muhammad.
To their relief, he directed Suhaili to register the marriage.
Mohd Abdul Halim said: “As government officials, our job is to serve the public. I told my officers to be sympathetic and offer all the help they can and to be pragmatic.”
UNSPUN - THE SUN
NRD almost spoils the day for would-be couple
Upset that they were not told earlier of this procedural matter, family members and friends called the press to "witness" their marriage.
When a reporter showed up at the NRD, the officer promised to solve the problem within a week.
When more newsmen turned up, the waiting period was reduced to five days.
In the end, the NRD decided give the couple their day to remember by going ahead with the registration.