The Star CEO says Tanda Putera did not blame Chinese for May 13 riots
The J-Star group editor and acting CEO Wong Chun Wai seems to be feeling the heat from Malay bloggers.
So now, to curry favour from the Malays, Wong is slamming the “hysterical hostility” (headline of his column today) against Tanda Putera … even though it was his own reporters who were the first to mock and ridicule the movie plus his own paper that was regurgitating Lim Guan Eng’s criticisms.
“Reaction to the movie Tanda Putera is one example. The hysterical hostility towards the movie is unbelievable. I was among the earliest to be invited by Datuk Shuhaimi Baba, the director, to watch the show and to give my views.”
Since Wong claims that he was among the very first to be given a sneak preview, I Googled to see what he had penned about the movie previously.
On 24 Feb 2013 in his column ‘A hot , hot fight‘, Wong Chun Wai wrote:
“Umno is keeping its grip on the votes of these Felda settlers. Last week it was reported that over 3,000 Felda settlers were shown a surprise preview of the Tanda Putera film, which traces the efforts of Umno in achieving independence, the work of Tun Abdul Razak, and the May 13 racial riots.
“The movie, which has only made selected screening, was shown during a special gathering of settlers at the Putra World Trade Centre.
“It is also clear that it will be the majority Malay voters who will decide the outcome of GE13. They will decide if they want to support the transformation policies set up by Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak or plunge for a radical change with Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim as the new PM.”
Wong Chun Wai’s second mention of Tanda Putera in his writings was on 16 April 2013 in an election piece titled ‘GE13: It’s still all to play for in Gelang Patah‘.
“Kicking off his speech, he [Lim Kit Siang] led the crowd, in Mandarin, chanting continuously “that on May 5, the government will be changed”.
“Then, he rapidly fired his ammunition against Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad for allegedly portraying him as a Chinese chauvinist who played a role in the May 13 racial clashes.
“He drew his firepower from the yet-to-be publicly released movie Tanda Putera and Bahasa Malaysia newspaper Utusan Malaysia. He kept his admirers cheering with his trademark oratory, switching easily from Mandarin to Bahasa Malaysia.”
The above two mentions are all I could find in The J-Star Online with regard to what Wong Chun Wai had said about Tanda Putera before today.
[In case I may have missed another entry, you are welcome to cross-check using other search engines and alert me if I'd indeed inadvertently omitted anything through searching via Google.]
So even though Wong was among the earliest to be invited by the director to preview Tanda Putera, he appears not to have much to say earlier about the movie until this current damage control piece, following the slagging that his Scissorati gave it on opening day.
And now Wong Chun Wai claims “In Tanda Putera, the Chinese were not blamed for the riots but the communists and political activists were”.
The thing about someone like Wong, who runs with the hares and hunts with the hounds (gergaji dua mata), is that he is walking a tightrope doing the talam dua muka act.
You know what they say about setinggi-tingginya tupai melompat, akhirnya akan jatuh ke tanah juga. At some point Wong will fall off that tightrope he is walking, and then the hunting hounds will tear him to pieces.
The heat is on already. Let’s enjoy the sight of the multi-million ringgit overpaid J-Star company director, group editor, acting CEO and consummate evangelista dance like a chameleon on a hot tin roof.