There is a conspicuous void in your friendly TODAY newspaper this morning.
While I’ve declined almost all interview requests, I think it’s only fair that I say something here.
When I first heard about the matter on Sunday night, I was shocked, scared and then when I went to work on Monday morning, puzzled as to why anyone in the government would react so strongly to his column last Friday, which I found to be pretty-run-of-the-mill as far as his writing was concerned.
Later in the week, we received news that Kin Mun’s column would be suspended indefinitely. There was no reason given, but I kinda expected that by this time.
I was heartened by the deluge of comments on Kin Mun’s blog, and disappointed by the lack of response in the newspaper’s Voices section, where columns and letters from the public are usually published.
However, there was work to keep us busy still, (and for those who aren’t in the know yet, Kin Mun and I are colleagues in our little business venture), and our “I am Singaporean” podcast series meme to do for the lead-up to National Day.
But I was a little scared, that our fragile little business might be affected by the fallout from this issue, and that sponsors might pull out from our show, which is just beginning to chug along at a nice little pace.
I’ve often said that we’re in the business of entertainment – podcasting and writing to entertain. But it wouldn’t be true to profess that we don’t have an opinion on serious matters. We do, and sometimes, we let our opinions be heard. And If our opinions are skewed one angle or another, that’s just because they are opinions.
At first, I felt for Kin Mun, that he had been labeled a partisan player. Then I asked him, ‘Nabeh, how come play partisan never call me?’.
We discussed this further, over lunch and dinner, and I convinced him that MICA and the powers that be were really after me, seeing as I am often mistaken for mr brown.
So he, and our other business partners decided that it’d be a good thing if I carried on writing for TODAY for as long as our editors deemed my contributions good enough for their readers to enjoy.
That way, if MICA were to send another letter addressed to TODAY, referring to the anonymous mr brown, then we’d really know that the powers that be were really after me right from the beginning.
Besides, we need the money now more than ever.