As part 1 of a series of entries on this topic, I shall recall the moments when the bosses knew they had a hot potato on their laps when I broke the story of the Sports Ministry's RM500,000 monthly funding for sports weekly Malaysian Today in early 2005.
But the story was buried deep inside in the Sunday Mail edition dated Feb 6, 2005, with additional information to my original copy which I knew was fed by someone else. What made me upset was the fact that the facts added to my story could easily be refuted! By me, of course!
Let the record show that I was the first journalist in this beloved country of ours to question a number of Datuk Seri Azalina Othman Said's policies during her tenure as the Sports Minister!
In typical fashion, Azalina's men began to sell the story that I had a personal agenda to pursue. Also at the height of this controversy, someone passed a remark to someone that the Malay Mail had been reduced to practising gutter journalism.
Selamat Hari Pekerja. Ooppss this is just the introduction, preface or foreword lah. Episode 1 coming soon. If I don't get threatening comments, SMSs or phone calls, that is.