When I posted an entry on the Malay Mail, which I lifted from news portal malaysianinsider.com on the paper becoming a political sheet on April 23, it was done in good faith.
As a former employee of the Malay Mail and an avid reader of the tabloid since childhood, it is only natural that I keep tabs on the progress of the paper.
I must admit the Malay Mail made me what I am today by giving me the space, freedom and opportunity to develop myself as a writer, of which the pinnacle was of course the privilege of covering the Athens Olympic Games in 2004.
However it has come to my attention that the entry has drawn a slew of spiteful comments on certain individuals from anonymous posters.
As a gentle reminder to this blog's visitors, please refrain from posting comments which are very personal in nature. I do not wish my blog to be treated as an avenue for MM-bashing.
The blog author appreciates the feedback and comments but if we were to fully utilise this blog as a platform to express our opinions, please do so in a civilised manner. Be constructive, not destructive. I believe in the freedom of expression but we have to do it in a very responsible way.
Otherwise the blog author will take the liberty of deleting the comments.
The last thing I want to do is to put my friends and ex-colleagues at the Malay Mail in trouble and the staff to be at daggers drawn.
I have the highest respect for the new owner Datuk Ibrahim Mohd Nor, who did not have any qualms in releasing me from the paper after listening to my personal plea, and my ex-colleagues at the sports desk.
My apologies for not posting this earlier.