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I started reading newspapers when I was about 10 years old,circa 1962.It was Utusan Melayu in Jawi then.Usually,it was a few days late before the newspapers arrived at the clubhouse in front of my house.We kids only got to see the newspapers after adults and senior students read them.The other source of news at the time was from a 6-valve radio that took the size of a microwave oven.In my kampung in the 60's we did not TV,electricity,water supply and even toilets.

When I started working and having family of my own,I subscribed to local dailies.About 15 years ago,I stopped my subcription to one Malay newspaper because I read many vulgar words said about Dato Seri Anwar Ibrahim,the then Deputy PM.Then,I cut off my Malay newspaper subscription and started only buying English newspapers as and when I wanted to read something like on weekends.

Fast forward to the present,I donot need newspapers to get my news.The Web and the social media are better and more interesting.However,I do buy Berita Minggu and Sunday Star or NST on weekends.

Nowadays,I seldom see people reading newspapers in the cafes or by the roadsides or on the bus and on the trains.Most people are now glued their eyes to the smart phone small screens.No more casual conversations.The Facebook/Telegram/Whatapps messages are more fun and interative and the news are the latest.What is next?

There is nothing with communication technology.But when I saw a couple and family members sitting in a restaurant waiting for food were looking only at their smart phones and not talking to one another,something is grossly wrong!!!

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