Why do I say that The Star is actually a creature cradled in DAP’s bosom? Let’s see whose behaviour it follows.
When MCA is caught in a wrongdoing, it owns up. MCA president Dr Chua Soi Lek famously admitted, “Yes, I am the man”.
The article in Star Online headlined ‘Buying your first home is a big step and can be exciting‘ by Dawn Jeremiah is now a blank page. The paper retracted it yesterday.
Earlier blogger uppercaise found that 17 out of 24 paragraphs in the said Star article was lifted word for word from a foreign publication.
Leaving a comment in ‘Malaysian Media Matters’, former Star editor A. Asohan observed, “Turns out she’s a serial plagiarizer” and cited another article that Dawn stole — identical thoughts expressed in the very same words.
The Star has axed her column but is yet to issue any statement or apology to its readers. The paper masih buat tak tahu and the general public would have not been any the wiser if not for the MMM blog leaking the story.
Did The Star delete reader’s comment in Facebook?
In fact, worse than “make dunno”, the paper is further accused of deleting an entry on the scandal submitted to its Facebook.
(In parallel, an ex-reporter Boo Su-Lyn had claimed that the Malaysian national evangelical church similarly deleted her comment from their Facebook when she brought up the City Harvest Church scandal).
An uppercaise reader by the name of ‘Tiffa’ revealed this morning:
“Yes, I posted this on The Star Online facebook and asked them to explain, guess what my comments was deleted within 2 seconds. So i guess they just want to sweep this under carpet. Maybe I should paste this on NST Online FB page instead? lol.”
More examples of Dawn Jeremiah’s plagiarism collated by uppercaise, here. With the overwhelming evidence, there is no way The Star can wriggle out of this one.
Uppercaise in his parting shot at the paper suggested that “taking an audit would not be amiss”.
Gunting dalam Lipatan
Its orientation to Christian politicians comes on top of the paper nonchalantly ‘burying’ Wanita MCA and Beliawanis.
In fact, The Star is plainly contemptuous of Beliawanis.
It provided scant coverage of the sexual harassment of Beliawanis chief Tee Hooi Ling, near zero mention of Beliawanis treasurer Jessica Lai who was once touted as potential challenger to Hannah Yeoh as well as made no defence of Selangor chief Jessie Ooi who was mercilessly hounded by DAPsters.
And even when Beliawanis took issue with a PKR Adun for her mockery of the “umbrella girls” (models invited to prettify the MCA Youth general assembly), The Star did not see fit to air their side of the story whereas there is copious coverage of the much fawned upon Adun.
Lower ranking Umno-ites tak ‘yah cakap lah. Almost invisible in the paper, they are presumably in the kampung tanam jagung and of no interest to the Star demographic of Subang Jaya and Damansara Utama churchgoers.
Before the general election rolls around, MCA might want to ask its key media relations people like Heng Seai Kie and Loh Seng Kok (MCA publicity bureau chief and her deputy) how they rate The Star-Rocket (split personality) reporting.
And do ask MCA Wanita president Yu Chok Tow – whom nobody reading The Star would be able to name because she appears in the paper as often as Halley’s Comet passes the Earth – and also Penang MCA Wanita chief Tan Cheng Liang – who’s a favourite target of DAP cybertroopers – what they and other Wanita MCA office bearers think of The Star.
A Google search on the Wanita MCA chief in The Star over the past year yielded 6 results (i.e. six articles) compared to 85 results for Hannah Yeoh.
DAP’s “perfect abode”
Let’s have a peep at the columnist who wrote one article ironically titled ‘Finding your perfect abode,’ which I think aptly describes the coddling that DAP evangelist politicians find in The Star.
The Star columnist who plagiarized is Dawn Jeremiah – middle name Marie. She attended a CONVENT SCHOOL in Penang … that hub of Tokong worship, birthplace of The Star, hometown of its top editors.
(A past posting of mine might interest you, Apakala Pulau Pinang diKristiankan)
Dawn Jeremiah’s careers have been in public relations (executive), broadcasting and marketing (“personality”). And The Star gave such a lightweight individual a column, hmmm.
Oh well, it is only in keeping with how the same paper had devoted reams of newsprint to a former “event planner”, now DAP state assemblyman Hannah Yeoh.
Hundreds — yes, you read me right, hundreds! — of Star articles and thousands of column inches on Hannah Yeoh in the short span of the last couple of years.
A few days ago, Star columnist Dr Mohamad Tajuddin Rasdi (who stopped writing for the paper recently) joined the DAP.
The paper must be a fertile breeding ground for DAP sympathizers.
Unless the MCA media owners put their foot down, I’m betting that The Star would churn out buttery puff pieces on DAP’s newly acquired wunderkind, the Christian Ong Kian Ming and the evangelist Yeo Bee Yin like how it promoted the Hannah Yeoh personality cult.
The Anglophile, Christianized ethos propagated by The Star is nothing short of an act of harakiri on the MCA.
Hannah printed bible verse on angpow
Imagine that The Star actually reported, and with a straight face, that Hannah Yeoh produced personalised ang pow packets (using taxpayer’s money) which featured a Bible verse from the Book of Proverbs on the cover, and her photo and contact details at the back.
Didn’t anyone in The Star notice the incongruity of a Chinese New Year item – the ang pow – featuring a bible verse which has nothing to do with Chinese? This perversion of imposing a biblical verse on a traditional Chinese festival, plus the “Look at me, look at me!” Hannah Yeoh ‘fashion’ cover on the ang pow in themselves merit a story.
But alas, The Star has absolutely no news sense.
Either that or its acts of commission and omission are deliberate, like when the other papers such as NST and Malay Mail reported that Hannah Yeoh was hauled to the police station to be questioned for allegedly slandering an MCA Deputy Minister but The Star blacked out this news item.
MCA’s ownership of The Star is inflicting a bipolar disorder on the paper that yearns to be The Rocket but is forced to toe the line whenever the party bosses remember to crack the whip. Having to carry pro-BN reports – which the Star is coerced to write through gritted teeth amidst its more favoured evangelista content – is sheer misery to the paper.
With 85 percent of the Chinese electorate deemed pro-opposition, imagine the self-conflict roiling in the underbelly of The Star. Its reporters may be paid staff but they are voters with personal allegiances too.