Uber blogger Ndoro Kakung has put out the word that Vice President Jusuf Kalla wants to meet with bloggers this evening to get some input of what bloggers are expecting from Golkar, him and also to share his views. Unspun wonders whether the former or the latter will prevail, and whether this is an attempt to use bloggers or to engage with us. Curious, and since Unspun has been invited to attend, he’ll tag along and let you guys know what transpired.
Heard the old joke about the ingenuous rookie journalist? It goes like this:
Rookie get’s sent to cover a performance at a famous theater.
Rookie goes off and comes back four hours later looking very disappointed.
Editor asks him if he has a story.
“No,” sighed Rookie. “There’s no story because there wasn’t a performance. There wasn’t a performance because just before it started the theater caught fire and five people died.”
That story struck Unspun as he made his way through walls and walls of people (most of them so young and they all seem to be sporting BlackBerry Bolds that Unspun had to think for months whether he could afford such a phone before making the purchse) at the Java Jazz that ended Sunday night.
The Jakarta Convention Center is huge, but clearly it wasn’t built for so many people. Unspun’s estimate was that there were probably at least around 15,000 people at the JCC during the peak times. It was probably more.
This just in from a Malaysian source:
Financial analyst at RHB Research today said Riady/Lippo is targetting to buy into Penang-based Kwong Wah Yit Poh. The China Press reports in tmr’s edition.
Could there be any truth at all to such reports?
If this report is true then Indonesia has some claim to being proud for its investors are extending Indonesia’s influence overseas.
Those in the know about Malaysia’s media scene said that if such a transaction were to take place it would likely be Penang-based Kwong Wah Yit Poh of KL-based Oriental Daily as they are the last two independent Chinese-language dailies that the Sin Chew Group in Malaysia hasn’t gobbled up, yet.
German keen to invest in Penang media firm via Lippo Group
THE Penang media landscape may see the entry of a foreign player, sources said.
It is learnt that a German buyer, via Indonesia’s Lippo Group, is keen to acquire shares in a Penang-based Chinese newspaper.
A source said that the potential buyer is in talks with two Chinese media parties.
Chinese dailies circulated in Penang include Kwong Wah Yit Poh, Nanyang Siang Pau, The China Press, Guang Ming Daily, Sin Chew Daily and Oriental Daily.
Rumours have been circulating in Penang that Indonesian tycoon James Riady is buying into a small Penang newspaper. The Riady family’s business interests, known as the Lippo Group, span property, hospitals, and media in Asia.
Sources close to Riady in Jakarta, when contacted, said: “There is no foundation to the rumours”.
Last year, Riady launched Jakarta Globe in Indonesia. – By Marina Emmanuel
Nila Tanzil‘s been shortlisted in a contest to have fun and then to blog about the Great Barrier Reef. Idea-wise its a variation of the Bloggership that was introduced at Pesta Blogger – harnessing the passion of bloggers, and all the networks they bring, to highlight a cause, event, destination or issue.
See her video and help get an Indonesian into the job by voting for her here. Maybe after that the Indonesian Tourism Ministry can give her the same job to tell the world about Raja Ampat, Bunaken, Derawan, Lembeh, Ambon….
Or the Malaysian Tourism Ministry can always employ her. Heh heh heh.