Letter To The Newspaper (My Columns!)
Dear Chief Editor & Team
I would like to express my thanks and appreciation for your turning down my article – No Money For The Crayons! For your Weekend Magazine despite a personal call and plea from you yourself to me to send in the article.
The Weekend came – but my article was not in!
Nobody had called me earlier to explain why the article did not appear. As my style, I sent in my emotional query. The response was ‘the article was not suitable for our requirements’ – but I guess it was your rights and decisions to accept or reject any article. No one can argue or dispute that!
Sadly, the article was received well in the social media including WordPress, Facebook, Twitter, Linkedin, Tumblr, Google Plus etc – and I did send you some feedbacks – which as usual were unacknowledged and ignored – as usual! What else is new?
It gave me courage to create my own website dedicated to Short Takes (Stories) here at http://www.myshorttakes.com/
Sadly too, despite a signed contract with the person you took over from – my contract of two columns per week and a formal WRITTEN notice of one month from both sides for any changes – I was unceremoniously removed by ultimatum of only one article – take it or leave it – and I chose ‘to leave it’ – or as we lot born in Zanzibar like to say ‘rubbing salt into the wound’! Sic!
So sad and tragic!
And all this because I previously complained bitterly for being delayed in payments for over even 6 months – and then deciding which article to pay or not!
It is sad and tragic how our National Governmental Newspaper can treat this way long time running National Columnists!
But nothing is surprising – because that is how things are goiing now – and one has to accept the status quo only!
On Monday 7th April, 2014 there was a PDO Petroleum Development Oman Retirees Party. As you may know if interested, the biggest chunk of my Readers come from PDO and The MOG Sector – being one of them. Plus Omanis that read English Newspapers more – and all The Residents, Guests and Friends in Oman – AlHamdu Lillah – God Is Great! Ameen – Amen!
I told them they can follow me in The Social Media if still interested – and if they have any issues I can refer them to past articles.
Dear Sirs – you yourself told me in more than one hour chat with you why you left your previous job to join here!
But I do not blame you – because The Truth is people want the dirt to be pushed under the carpet and those like me daring to speak are targetted, sidelined and marginalised.
The Truth can NEVER BE STOPPED – it is all issues of time and dire consequences and repercussions only!
Nice knowing you all and thanks for the iPhone 5 Ramadhan Gift – at the cost of my columns.
Let me be clear! I do not want resumption of my columns even if paid 100 Rials per article. This is not only for you but sadly all the other newspapers in Oman for that matter.
Take care and wishing you and your families all the best – and my sincere genuine apologies!
Sent From My Dell PC
Best Wishes and Regards
Majid Al Suleimany
N.B. If this is how a long time serving National Columnist of over 13 years and in a Public Newspaper is treated, the mind just boggles what happens elsewhere? You be The Judge!