Media is open domain. I wonder what lies they’re spreading about Tunku Aziz in the protected Twitter and Facebook.
In the news report headlined ‘Tunku Aziz says Penang Institute “utterly mad”, the former DAP vice chairman was responding to a press conference called by the state-funded institute repeating its offer of Senior Fellowship.
“They must be utterly mad. Do they really think they can tell people it is not a DAP think tank?” the 78-year-old told The Malaysian Insider.
“Penang Institute executive director Datuk Woo Wing Thye was quoted by The Star as saying that he would be “very happy if he accepts it” and the offer was not tied to whether the founding president of Transparency International Malaysia was a party member.”
(TMI, 18 May 2012)
The next day on May 19, a widely read blog The Unspinners had picked up on a posting of mine on the news item above.
Unspinners wrote, “Ada banyak bola tanggung terhadap DAP dan khususnya Lim Guan Eng dan Hannah Yeoh tetapi The Star sengaja tidak laporkan”, and included the fact that The Star hanya mengambil sudut pusing 180-darjah dan bersahaja dengan laporan dalam akhbar tersebut bertajuk, ‘Fellowship offer still open, Penang Institute tells Tunku Aziz’.
nasi dan kicap says:
moto korang unraveling spin and lies tapi korang langsung tak buat homework. main ikut je apa yg helen ang si lesbian ni cakap.
ni bukan unraveling spin and lies but spreading lies. u should know who this helen is before believing in what she told u.
the star, like any other newspapers such as berita harian, harian metro, nst, sinar harian and utusan publish various editions – north, east, south, cental, sabah and sarawak.
dalam kes the star ni, semua dakwaan helen ni karut sebab semua berita tu dah dimuatkan dalam edisi pulau pinang the star. orang johor tak minat baca hal politik penang dan kelantan.
aku tak salahkan korang sebab korang tak pernah keje newspaper dan tak tau operasi editorialnya 100 peratus tapi at least verify la dulu tuduhan si helen ni atau cal editor star di penang untuk sahkannya.
tak baik tuduh2. blog ni memang bagus tetapi akan lebih bagus kalau semak fakta dan jngan dengar tohmahan seperti ni tak tentu pasal.
si helen ni bukan saja anti kerajaan malah anti islam dan anti melayu. nak tau lebih lanjut mengenai dia ni, aku akan bagi input dalam e-mel korang nanti.
hati2 bro, jgn termasuk perangkap orang macam ni.”
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The comment by ‘nasi dan kicap’ – which is typical of the kind of smear campaign carried out against Pakatan critics – illustrates just how low the troopers will stoop when opposition hotbed Penang is touched.
In paragraph (1), ‘nasi dan kicap’ throws the allegation “helen ang si lesbian”.
Tunku Aziz had said Penang Institute “must be utterly mad”.
I will now repeat the exact same phrasing about this Penang cybertrooper’s accusation that I’m a lesbian — “He must be utterly mad!”
Further accusations made by ‘nasi dan kicap’ include this: “semua dakwaan helen ni karut sebab semua berita tu dah dimuatkan dalam edisi pulau pinang the star”.
There are contradictions and illogic inherent even in the above one statement alone by ‘nasi dan kicap’ .
About the news items that The Star failed to report on, The Unspinners had summarized:
“Helen Ang sini mendedahkan The Star tidak melaporkan beberapa peristiwa penting di Pulau Pinang:
- Perbicaraan kes saman malu RM30 juta Umno Pulau Pinang terhadap Lim Guan Eng yang mendakwa Umno terlibat dengan kebakaran pejabat DAP
- Chan Lilian, seorang petugas pejabat Ketua Menteri Pulau Pinang dipanggil polis untuk memberi keterangan berkaitan tweetnya yang mengatakan penganut Kristian dianiaya.
- PDRM telah menerima aduan tuduhan rasuah bersabit ganjaran RM50,000 yang ditawarkan Tunku Aziz oleh Penang Institute, badan yang dipengerusi Guan Eng.
- PDRM menyiasat kes Hannah Yeoh didakwa memfitnah Lee Chee Leong, timbalan Menteri Dalam Negeri.”
The cybertrooper ‘nasi dan kicap’ claims that the Penang edition of The Star had published all the news listed above. And that these articles may not have been in the other regional (i.e. Central and South) Star editions because Johoreans are not interested in reading about politics in Penang (North region).
Lim Guan Eng
The Star carried two stories on the RM30 million defamation lawsuit by Umno Penang against the chief minister heard in court. Screenshot above of Star archive search taken about half an hour ago (on Sunday).
My blog posting had gone up on May 18, 2012 at 6:59 pm, i.e. two days ago on Friday.
The time-stamps prove that at the material time I published my posting, there were no Star articles as yet. Furthermore, I had read that piece of news much earlier in the day in the other media before I put fingers to keyboard to type out my story.
Chan Li Lian
Lim Guan Eng’s Christian aide was questioned by police again on 16 May 2012.
Searches in both The Star‘s archives (see also screenshot bottom of page) and through Google turned up zero on the above episode.
I doubt that the ‘nasi dan kicap’ hatchet man can substantiate his claim that any story – on Chan Lilian being questioned by police for a second time – had ever appeared in The Star, even if only in the northern edition as he claimed.
Huan Cheng Guan
The story on the corruption complaint against Lim Guan Eng vis-a-vis Penang Institute was indeed carried by The Star. I had missed it in my online search because the paper misspelled the name.
The name of the PCM vice-president who made the MACC report is Huan Cheng “Guan”.
The Star mispelled it as Huan Cheng “Huan”, hence no result turned up when I searched and leading me to mistakenly conclude that the paper didn’t print the story.
Such shoddy copy-editing standards at The Star !
Such a pathetic spin by ‘nasi dan kicap’ does not hold water because Hannah Yeoh is the Subang Jaya state assemblyman and the report against her was lodged at the USJ police station in Selangor.
The inherent contradiction is this: On the one hand, this ‘nasi dan kicap’ cybertrooper claims that all the four news items listed above were published in Penang Star because they’re local happenings but may not have been published in KL Star and Johor Star.
Going by his own proclamation that Klang Valley/Johor readers are not interested in Penang happenings, and conversely Penang readers are not interested in Johor/Klang Valley happenings, it is totally senseless for the cybertrooper to then twist it that the Hannah Yeoh story had appeared in the Penang edition but at the same time is missing from the KL edition of the paper.
Their cybertroopers are truly demonstrating the same lack of logic seen in certain populist DAP politicians.
Their berserk smear campaign
The hatchet man going by the pseudonym ‘nasi dan kicap’ who made the gila “lesbian” fitnah against me at the Unspinners blog also alleged “si helen ni bukan saja anti kerajaan malah anti islam dan anti melayu”.
It is interesting that he declares, “si helen anti melayu dan anti islam” like how some DAP politicians as well as some pro-Pakatan bloggers are always labelling their opponents “racists”.
One minute they say I’m an “Umno/MCA prostitute” and the next minute they’re claiming I’m “anti-government”. They can’t even get their stories straight and to tally with each other.
Tunku Aziz was quite correct to conjure the word “biadab” during his fallout with the DAP.
I’m not the least surprised at his disgust given the vicious character assassination carried out against any critics of DAP.
And it is the DAP Anglophile, evangelist politicians who are prone to calling their rivals “low class”.