Limbo low now, how low can you go? Malaysia is now ranked lower than Myanmar in Reporters Without Borders 2014 press freedom ranking.
Malaysia fell to 147th spot (down from 145th in 2013) and now lies two spots below Myanmar, which is just emerging from military rule. Myanmar climbed six spots from 151st place last year.
In contrast, both nations are well behind tiny East Timor, which is in 77th place, a leap of 13 places from last year.
Even the reporting of the RSF ranking in a local radio station’s news bulletin was slanted. I heard a noon bulletin announcing the top three countries on the list and the bottom three. But not a squeak about where Malaysia stood, even though that is what the average Malaysian would want to know.
Incidentally, our press freedom ranking resembles our current Fifa football world ranking. Myanmar is in 129th spot while Malaysia is in 154th place!
How depressing that Malaysia is now ranked below a country only now emerging from a repressive military dictatorship.