Sunday, May 10, 2009

Singapore and Malaysia newspapers reporting differently on Mas Selamat's capture

Ever been to a meeting where staff from department A said that the project scope was X but those from department B claimed that the project scope was Y? Would you not then wonder "Hey! Can't these guys sync-up internally to make sure they're on the same page before presenting to us?"

Won't you then assume that their differences in the same topic could be due to:
  • one or both departments trying to snatch the credit

  • one department did not do their homework and thought they could smoke their way through

  • one department tried to deny effort from the other department so as it could look as if they owned all the credits

No matter, someone ought to be lying. For a reason.

Channelnewsasia said...

"The Malaysian police intelligence are now holding Mas Selamat for investigations.

They added that his arrest would not have been possible without the cooperation of Singapore and Indonesian counterparts

While Malaysia appears to be under no hurry to turn Mas Selamat over to Singapore, Minister Hishammuddin denied that the story was leaked by Singapore in order to put pressure on the Malaysian authorities to do so. If they were, Malaysia will stop cooperating with its southern neighbour"

However The New Straits Times said...

"Najib also congratulated the police for its success in apprehending Mat Selamat, described by the prime minister as an individual who is a threat to national security.

He said the successful capture was relayed to his Singapore counterpart Lee Hsien Loong in Pattaya, Thailand early last month.

“I’ve mentioned this to Singapore Prime Minister when we talked in Pattaya and he’s happy Malaysia had succeeded in apprehending Mat Selamat,” he said."

Channelnewsasia said...

"In a statement on Friday, Singapore's Home Affairs Ministry said: "Mas Selamat has been arrested by the Malaysian Special Branch (MSB) in a joint operation between the MSB and the Internal Security Department (ISD)."

Singapore's Internal Security Department (ISD) had worked hard and looked at every lead, sharing information with its Malaysian counterpart."

Yet The New Straits Times said...

Will Mas Selamat would be handed over to the Singapore authorities?
"We will talk to the Singapore as well as the Indonesian authorities,” Hishammuddin said.

"Our ties with Indonesia are very strong and without Indonesia's co-operation, I do not think we were able to make the arrest after his escape from Singapore."



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