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Ex-ST editor publishes book with a life-size picture of his head

Ex-ST editor publishes book with a life-size picture of his head

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Quick review: Top 5 take home points from book. (Plus, exclusive New Nation comic to commemorate journalism!)

The former Straits Times editor-with-a-comb-over, Cheong Yip Seng, published a book with a life-size front cover of his head.

Ex-ST editor’s book was published with the size of his head in mind.

Under the cliched title, OB Markers, the 69-year-old actually quite successfully managed to distract the public with a portrait of his head — to disguise the contents of his book as it is in fact about Lee Kuan Yew.

Without further ado, here are the Top 5 take home points from OB Markers.

1. As late as the 1970s, the Government still like to play bastard with the media. They would issue one-line statements as press release and no media queries were entertained. For example, they did not explain why then deputy prime minister Goh Keng Swee had to personally see to the phasing out of pig farms.

2. This is in stark contrast to today, where the Government will issue statements of up to two lines. Followed by inconsequential Facebook postings. And a National Conversation.

3. This book is actually about Lee Kuan Yew. “Former prime minister Lee Kuan Yew, who maintained a close relationship with the top editors at SPH, features highly in the book.”Quote from asiaone, Oct. 19, 2012.

4. Issues that cannot be discussed in the media will always be referred to as topics pertaining to race and religion, or issues concerning national security and foreign relations. (Clever, huh?)

5. Cheong Yip Seng asserts that news gathering is not cheap, which is why news cannot be given away for free and, lo and behold, the mainstream media has a stable of well-trained and experienced journalists who are dedicated to gathering news and processing information…

Regarding this last point… here is the exclusive New Nation comic to commemorate journalism’s role in Singapore!

Die, journalism, die!