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OB Markers My Straits Times Story Cheong Yip Seng s memoir is much than just a deep background off the record of Lee Kuan Yew s years as Singapore s no newsmaker It is a chronological and sensitive explanation of how the Republic s

  • Title: OB Markers: My Straits Times Story
  • Author: Cheong Yip Seng
  • ISBN: 9789814342339
  • Page: 134
  • Format: Hardcover
  • OB Markers: My Straits Times Story By Cheong Yip Seng, Cheong Yip Seng s memoir is much than just a deep background off the record of Lee Kuan Yew s years as Singapore s no 1 newsmaker It is a chronological and sensitive explanation of how the Republic s newspaper of record was shaped by Mr Lee and, important, why he took it upon himself to do so This memoir could not come at a appropriate time, when SingCheong Yip Seng s memoir is much than just a deep background off the record of Lee Kuan Yew s years as Singapore s no 1 newsmaker It is a chronological and sensitive explanation of how the Republic s newspaper of record was shaped by Mr Lee and, important, why he took it upon himself to do so This memoir could not come at a appropriate time, when Singapore s third generation leaders find themselves in headwinds of public opinion the first Prime Minister dealt with with a firm hand Whether times have changed and Singapore s current leadership can no longer deal with The Straits Times the way Mr Lee dealt with Cheong Yip Seng and his predecessors is a question this book throws up The answer is a subject worthy of debate among the myriad self appointed and untrained citizen journalists, who really should read this book for their own much needed enlightenment It is also for anyone interested in the future of Singapore, for its accounts of what constituted out of bounds up until 2006 show how such areas could possibly be navigated now As Cheong s memoir of The Straits Times for than four decades reveals, the rationale for the Singapore media model may be hard to accept for many liberals But this model has been sufficiently successful to keep Singapore s newspaper of record one of the most successful in the world.

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    1. The reviews here have mostly captured the book accurately He does get tediously repetitive at times, but it s chock full of juicy little snippets about the internal give and take, and push and pull between the Singapore press and the government Rumour has it that the powers that be were not too thrilled about the book, that it crossed the unspoken OB markers in pulling back the curtain to reveal magician s secrets For that reason alone, this is a must read for all Singaporeans about how power ac [...]

    2. Honestly I did not think I would enjoy this book but I found it surprisingly good It confirmed what many people suspected about press freedom in Singapore I guess it s a fine line to draw between supporting the government during the country s difficult teenage years and maintaining an objective journalistic stand.

    3. Provided insights into how media policies in Singapore developed, and gave me quite a bit of food for thought.

    4. Chapter 2, My Rookie Years, was a valuable account of the labour movement, back when unions could still go on strike in the 1960s.Chapter 3, Building the Talent Pool, was really fun to read because it s a roll call of 30 years worth of Singaporean celebrities you recognise the names of so many journalists and editors whose bylines appear in the ST regularly even today, as well as current and former politicians.Chapter 4, Building an Asian Network, is packed with highlights of the most important [...]

    5. The book is touted as a chronological and sensitive explanation of how the Republic s newspaper of record was shaped It is not chronological there is no discernible rationale for the way the chapters are sequenced, and one suspects they were written independently from one another without a grand narrative providing coherence It is, however, extremely sensitive Although hitherto private meetings between the government and press are referenced which provides for interesting though not fascinating [...]

    6. For an editor of a newspaper with such a long and illustrious history, it is surprising how badly copy written this book is It is tediously repetitive, with excerpts such as Singapore s lack of fourth estate status and minute details concerning the lives of colleagues, friends, bosses being quite annoyingly inserted into practically every chapter of the book I cannot deny that it has some value for readers interested in the world of the press, or the recent history of Singapore there were some f [...]

    7. This book was so profoundly dull it nearly bored me out of caring about press freedom While Cheong Yip Seng s historical accounts of his time at The Straits Times and governments intervention into the press especially the accounts featuring Lee Kuan Yew are valuable to the Singapore story , the book was written in an immensely slow and repetitive way and was a poor read You d do better to read Francis Seow s The Media Enthralled and whatever you can find online about press freedom in Singapore.

    8. A firsthand account on what it took to run Singapore s newspapers from independence to the present The role of the newsroom back room scoops on controversial headlines Also the symbiotic relationship between the Straits Times and the government How Lee Kuan Yew s methodology of shaping citizens minds with the right story slants making us who we are today An account as honest as it gets, a useful document of history.

    9. It s a good backgrounder on the unique newspaper journalism take on covering the news Singapore style Clearly the Western model would find the disclosures and justifications of how Straits Times is so closely aligned to the PAP government distasteful and contrary to the journalism trade, it goes to great lengths to show LKY s strategic intent and viewpoints of how Singaporeans must be fed the Singapore narrative.

    10. Vivid first hand and sometimes juicy anecdotes of what goes on behind the scenes of Singapore s English newspaper of record However, the writing is rambling at times, especially when the author makes chronological jumps within a chapter and repeats himself across chapters.

    11. Interesting insights into the workings of ST Essential reading for any students of media Spotted one mistake which said that Puff the magic dragon is a song by the Beatles Also there are many repetitions which can be quite tiresome.

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