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“Umno is not amused”

Wrt yesterday’s posting Slash gets star, for the very young readers clueless why the guitarist deserves his spot on the Walk of Fame, this video might jog your ears.

While Slash is music to the ears, it was otherwise most grating to hear Kim Guan Eng in Debate 2.0.

When Kim was speaking, I actually felt sorry looking at Chua Soi Lek (every time the camera had the latter in frame) for having to endure at such close quarters the tirade by his opponent.

Nonetheless despite my sympathy for the ordeal suffered by the underdog – Dr Chua holds no government post whereas Kim is a chief minister, an MP and an Adun – I think it is good that FMT writer ‘Iskandar Dzulkarnain’ threw everything and the kitchen sink at the MCA yesterday.

If a kitchen sink hitting the party smack on the head still can’t wake up its top leadership from their collective stupor, then I’m afraid the MCA ship will deservedly capsize.

MCA gets slashed by Star 

The views expressed in ‘MCA has become champion of petty issues‘ are too partisan. But then again, the crowd that the FMT writer is addressing are even more so … see how 806 readers are ‘Happy’ with his MCA-bashing.

Below are excerpts (in red) from Iskandar Dzulkarnain’s article:

  • “Nearly five years has come and gone since the last general election in 2008. One would have expected the MCA to regroup and re-strategise their options to win back the Chinese electorate.”

To the above I will add that between 8 March 2008 and today, MCA has not only failed to stem its slide in public perception but also that the slide is steep. Yet how can MCA improve in public perception when its own media fails to explain the bigger picture-cum-the MCA historical position to the general public?

One example is Dr Chua’s perspectives in Debate 2.0 which resonated with the Malay audience who saw him as being reasonable and pragmatic. Yet over the last five years, it has been mostly the DAP incitement of grievances and victimization taking centrestage in the non-Malay media (includes Star).

Has MCA taken stock of the reason for its abysmal failure in communicating? Answer: See picture.


If The Star‘s own National Union of Journalist (NUJ) chairman Teh Eng Hock could tweet such mockery of the entire MCA federal cabinet, don’t you think that its readership too are well aware of the disdain held by the party’s machinery for the establishment?

I’ve been reading a variety of online commentary about the Soi Lek vs Guan Eng debate. Malay blogosphere on the whole reacted favourably to the MCA president’s 2.0 outing but this does not come across in The Star (with the exception of Joceline Tan’s analysis).

You really have to wonder how it is that Malay bloggers have been rooting for Chua Soi Lek through their positive write-ups when MCA’s Anglophile media reeks with barely hidden contempt.

While the senior editors such as Wong Chun Wai may not openly side with DAP, this is not so with the rest of the publication. The same contempt harboured by the Star NUJ president (the tweeter who alluded to Rosmah Mansor as “Big Mama” had held his NUJ office until end-May 2012) is similarly discernible in other Star middle-ranking reporters.

This contempt for MCA is evident in the public Twitter exchanges between some of the Star journos and their colleagues in the Pakatan media as well as with their politician buddies — the DAP hyper-tweeters.

Star staff may owe their paycheque to MCA but their political allegiance to DAP should nonetheless be respected as an individual’s democratic right. Unless the situation is akin to the Teh Eng Hock case where as Star NUJ president at the time, it was a breach of etiquette to be tweeting insults when he was on the job.

Is MCA naive enough to think that its newspaper bucks the current trend of Chinese support for DAP?

Domino effect toppling BN

‘Iskandar Dzulkarnain’ writes:

  • “The MCA is nothing more than a tiny group of committee members trying to convince Umno and Barisan Nasional that they are a force to be reckoned with” and “Umno is not amused and neither are they convinced that MCA has what it takes.
  • They [Umno] too are questioning whether MCA will pull through or collapse like a pack of cards, dragging BN along with it.

To the first statement, I might add that not only Umno but MCA’s lifeline (i.e. the Malay voters themselves) are at the end of their patience with the Chinese party.

This has partly to do with the handling of certain issues such as the ‘Allah’ contestation, DUMC and The Star‘s gung-ho pursuit of advertising revenue resulting in gaffes like the Ramadan pork ribs. Content analysis of the paper clearly shows up its pro-Christian bias.

Some of the Umno-linked influential Malay bloggers can see how The Star‘s slant towards the Christians has caused the paper to deliberately downplay scandals such as the City Harvest Church’s alleged S$51 million fraud and to close one eye to the Singapore church’s Subang Jaya connection.

Not only is MCA considered as not pulling its weight, The Star‘s covert pro-opposition bent makes its reliability suspect in the critical last lap for BN before the GE.

Star spraying Guan Eng the smell of roses

Lastly I would like to give my own take on two further points made by ‘Iskandar Dzulkarnain’.

He wrote:

  • “… is it the repulsive way he [Chua Soi Lek] speaks that is rattling the Chinese?
  • “It was MCA’s inaction that has turned the DAP into a political giant, as disgruntled Chinese turned to the DAP in droves for salvation.”

Firstly, anyone who’s watched the debate can compare the way Chua speaks with the way Kim does.

Secondly, ‘Iskandar Dzulkarnain’ believes that it is “MCA’s inaction that has turned the DAP into a political giant”.

I’d like to suggest that it is The Star‘s hagiography and fawning on DAP personalities as well the paper’s neglect of MCA personalities (again, how many of you are able to name the Wanita MCA president?) that has contributed to the Christian-DAP popularity.

This promotion need not necessarily be in direct terms but through the paper providing copious endorsement for public figures who push the DAP line.

Or to give an opposite example, when NST prominently airs the views of Dr Chandra Muzaffar or Prof. Khoo Kay Kim, it is the pro-establishment (pro-Malay) line that is featured. Thus when The Star gives prominence to the views of, say Ong Kian Ming (which the paper frequently does), then quite naturally it is the pro-opposition views that are channeled.

‘imokman’ is Ong Kian Ming’s Twitter handle

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‘Iskandar Dzulkarnain’ also believes that “disgruntled Chinese [have] turned to the DAP in droves for salvation”.

Interesting choice of word — “salvation”.

The political vocabulary used against MCA – such as “shame on you”, “part of the [BN] evil empire”, “robbers and thieves”, “prostitutes and whores”, “lacking integrity”, juxtaposed against the DAP saints and saviours (i.e. giving hope of “salvation”) – bears some scrutiny.

This Christian-flavoured lexicon is without doubt prevalent in the online media.

While The Star may avoid the overt use of such derogatory descriptions against BN, the paper’s national coverage (see picture) nevertheless speaks a thousand words about its editorial inclination.

With pages like the one below, how to tell The Star apart from Buletin Mutiara?


I have no Faceook or Twitter.

20 thoughts on ““Umno is not amused”

  1. Helen,

    Nothing new about ‘star’. The question is, due to their inaction on the ‘star’, is MCA the gunting in BN ??

  2. I see words inferring DAP as “savior” and “salvation”, and the first thing that comes to mind is Metallica’s Leper Messiah (c) 1986

    1. i do follow your writing sometimes, though i do not comment much. i rather read them then to comment. i like your thoughts and the way you present them. seen the one on Shen Yee Aun who wrote a rebuttal about this article.

      i was apprehensive when i read it on malaysia-today but had a good laugh when i looked at the comments section on his rebuttal.

      if you like a good laugh, do check this out:

      as i saw in your faq that you do not want to write on lynas.

      keep up the goodwork, and will check in now and then

      Okay, a good laugh is always good. — Helen

  3. Helen,

    MCA is taking the easy way out. Its way of handling DAP is by pressing and pressing for chinese causes without realising that UMNO has been more than accomodating to chinese.

    MCA is afraid to tell chinese that they have to accept reality that this is not China. It will be to Chinese disadvantegous if MCA chooses to pander to nonsense from DJZ and DAP.

    MCA must tell chinese that they also have to compromise. and it is not diificult to do. Just be blunt and honest. Blunt can be manifasted in many way. MCA can always start by say, having a new editor for STAR.

    Or keeps dodging the issue and let the Malays remind MCA through ballot box. Remember, unlike UMNO, MCA does not have solid support from Chinese.

  4. The Star is a multi billion dollar business. If it goes the path of being its owner propaganda machine like the Penang Buletin Mutiara, then MCA is no different than the DAP. I for one respect the way MCA leaders run their business as it is clearly shown that they hold better values than their DAP counterpart. When MCA starts to behave like DAP, only then i would start to worry.

    1. I get the point that you’ve put across re ‘business is business’ (to be run commercially for profit) but certain content still feels to me as if The Star‘s bias is akin to TV3 behaving like it was TV PAS.

      The bipolar paper really bends over in the direction of the opposition (not always but in Jeykll and Hyde fits). Star is caught up with the Bangsar M’sia flow as with its convent-loving, bible-thumping English media counterpart such as Insider.

      I’ve previously collated data – pls browse this blog – on how Star blacks out MCA, Wanita MCA and Beliawanis as well as Umno Selangor in its coverage of politicians compared with the positive publicity given DAP and PKR Chinese or Christians.

      Chun Wai, Joceline and the other seniors may be pro-establishment but the middle rankers are visibly subverting the editorial directives from the MCA owners.

  5. With the PR concoction still a long way to crystallize, I have a gut feeling that the next federal government would be a BN (sans MCA)-DAP coaliation. Remember, there’s no permanent friends (and enemies) in politics.

    1. Yes, there is that possibility of an Umno-DAP hook-up, i.e. like how Gerakan was co-opted into the Alliance to form the BN in 1973.

      However with the KGE-evangelists leading DAP, such a concoction would be a Malotov cocktail unless a regime change happens in DAP first.

      But don’t you think an Umno-PAS get-together is more likely given the rounds and rounds of unity talks?

      1. But that would be a government of the Malays; a great leap backwards, don’t you think?

        1. Between Option A: Umno-DAP & Option B: Umno-PAS, (B) comes across as being more realistic.

          Yes, it would be a government of the Malays and an opposition of the Chinese.

          At the rate things are going, do you think Malays would be able to reconcile their differences with the DAP polity?

      2. PAS won’t do it being nik aziz with his personal vendetta
        and the rest of PAS members hungry for money and power.
        whereas on UMNO side, especially the higher ranking members they still get that “Dr Chua” and “Pak Lah” tenacity.

      3. Helen,

        I do not think UMNO wants any alliance with DAP. They are poles apart. UMNO’s hallmark (despite being chided by DAP) is moderation and generosity unlimited. DAP’s forte is whipping Chinese sentiments to be hostile to the Malays.

        As for PAS, the longer it ‘kowtows’ to DAP, the more it alienates Malays. But of course, PAS only sees what it wants to see. Reality is a foreign word for PAS.

        As for DAP, having a submissive PAS is a ‘coup” of the sort. It breaks the Malay political power. The coast is clearer now. The only thing that stands on its path to create everlasting LIM DYNASTY is UMNO.


        Better for MCA to take DAP full on. A Chinese vs Chinese check & balance (similarly Umno vs PAS) will be less likely to yield racial unrest. Sadly MCA has not been up to the task and it also looks like DAP is quite determined to wipe out MCA. — Helen

  6. Not out of topic, but what it all leads too. watch this [YouTube].

    Transcript –

    “You have meddled with the primary forces of nature, Mr Beale, and I won’t have it! Is that clear?

    You think you merely stopped a business deal. That is not the case. The Arabs have taken billions of dollars out of this country, and now they must put it back! It is ebb and flow, tide and gravity. It is ecological balance.

    You are an old man who thinks in terms of nations and peoples. There are no nations. There are no peoples. There are no Russians. There are no Arabs. There are no Third Worlds. There is no West. There is only one holistic system of systems. One vast and immane, interwoven, interacting, multi-varied, multi-national dominion of dollars. Petro-dollars, electro-dollars, multi-dollars, reichmarks, rands, rubles, pounds and shekels.

    It is the international system of currency which determines the totality of life on this planet. That is the natural order of things today. That is the atomic, and sub-atomic and galactic structure of things today.

    And YOU have meddled with the primal forces of nature. And you will atone.

    Am I getting through to you, Mr Beale?

    You get up on your little twenty-one inch screen and howl about America and democracy. There is no America. There is no democracy. There is only IBM and ITT and AT&T, and DuPont, Dow, Union Carbide and Exxon. Those are the nations of the world today.

    What do you think the Russians talk about in their Councils of State? Karl Marx? They get out their linear programming charts, statistical decision theories, mini-max solutions, and compute the price-cost probabilities of their transactions and investments, just like we do.

    We no longer live in a world of nations and ideologies, Mr Beale. The world is a college of corporations, inexorably determined by the immutable bye-laws of of business. The world is a business, Mr Beale. It has been since man crawled out of the slime.

    And our children will live, Mr Beale, to see that … perfect … world in which there is no war nor famine, oppression or brutality. One vast and ecumenical holding company for whom all men will work to serve a common profit. In which all men will hold a share of stock.
    All necessities provided. All anxieties tranquilized. All boredom amused”.

    Sounds familiar, we do it every day for the politicians and our individual needs, not for one another by not acknowledging the truth and reality amongst us irrespective of the origin when we are too busy fighting squabbling amongst us ignoring humanity amongst each other for these politicians.

    I must admit that BN being the governing government has made some stride towards this but not engaging it a fruitful manner unless they are more open to various independent stakeholders minus the politicians.

    Whereas for PR, it is simple it is just a mere populist agenda to create hatred against BN rather than to work for Malaysian per se.

    Janganlah marah my BN and PR supporters in Helen’s blog, just feel that we should move away from antagonizing ourselves between us by creating camps in Malaysia but rather address issues that pertains to humanity for our fellow Malaysians as and when the need is there.

    Helen, whatever happen to Hua Yong, he had a nice quote on what is actually happening as depicted in the above video.

    You can find Hua Yong in Haris Ibrahim’s blog. — Helen

    1. Really!!! Hope he finds his/her purpose there.

      Like what Abdul Kalam (the former President of India) says,

      “But we don’t have anything called cold. We can hit 458 degrees below zero which is no heat, but we can’t go any further after that. There is no such thing as cold. Cold is only a word we use to describe the absence of heat. We cannot measure cold. Heat is energy. Cold is not the opposite of heat, just the absence of it”.

      Then he says about Darkness is the absence of something. You can have low light, normal light, bright light, flashing light….But if you have no light constantly, you have nothing and it’s called darkness, isn’t it? In reality, darkness isn’t. If it were you would be able to make darkness darker, wouldn’t you?

      So, according to the established rules of empirical, stable, demonstrable protocol, and personal dictum, we choose to forgo humanity as and when it fits us. What a foresight this man has as he realized the absence of humanity will always break the chain of faith irrespective of what origin amongst us for one another but for everyone else.


      Faith like City Harvest? — Helen

      1. Helen don’t underestimate Faith?

        Faith like what happened in City Harvest is the very logic that I have stated in my earlier comments ie material not one based on humanity. The faith is because you trust your fellow humans blindly, and naturally you will have some and many like our beloved politicians who can and will hijack it to achieve their own needs just like your City Harvest in their own scale or in comparison for how the 90% of the plantation Malaysian Indians workers left adrift without a concern for their welfare.

        What is the bottom line? Do these followers run an agenda for what is essential to feed them materially or what it should be for the community? Me and people like you can say what we need to say, but the cross line that defines faith is when we can without any impartiality for one another as long it is humane and the reality.

        Surely we don’t need politicians or the agenda of the day to serve what placates the reality and the truth. If one chooses, what can we do about it until we find the faith amongst us that the choice should be one that is across the board for what humanity implodes onto us for their grievances to create a just and fair society.

        City Harvest preached the Gospel of Prosperity, i.e. the tithe payment is like a Ponzi scheme investment. You give x amount of Sing dollars, and God will repay you in proportion to your contribution to the church. See
        here. Too many Twits who are too aggressive spreading their Faith. — Helen

  7. Helen, we should not get too obssesed. Even GOD is bargained in the process for the namesakes. Can you blame City Harvest who knows how to cajole those to because it is only material enhancement.

    Truth has no substitute, you can try to manufacture it, or make it happen when it fits the agenda but eventually it will capsize if that is not the truth.

    Do keep doing what you have been doing as truth is the only thing that sustains throughout the process irrespective of the origin. So how? Have faith in what you do if that is the truth you seek

  8. Helen,

    Yup, my august lady. I concur with you, MCA must take on DAP. No two way about it.

    and Najib, please do not make the mistake of putting a non-Malay candidate in Malay areas such as in Grik, Tapah, Tanjung Piai, Teluk Kemang, Lunas.

    Let the chinese realise that in order for their voice to be in Cabinet, they must support MCA. No two way about it.

    This move will take away the insulting remarks that MCA “kowtows” to UMNO. Besides, MCA will be appreciated for winning in Chinese areas.

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