Screenshot below is today’s front page main story in Malaysiakini. The pro-opposition news portal through its coverage is going after Umno to be charged for money laundering.
Subang Jaya church’s alleged money laundering
Under orders from MCA, the paper will very reluctantly carry one or two diluted stories that are critical of DAP and its evangelical leaders.
THE FOLLOWING IS IMPORTANT TO NOTE
The top editorial management nonetheless has allowed Lim Guan Eng to get away with firing back that whatever Star articles criticizing him were merely “indulging in pure fabrication, mindless concoctions and sheer hallucination“.
The Star fails to defend the credibility of its own reporters who wrote the said articles on Lim Guan Eng. (It’s only to be expected from a newspaper that refuses to acknowledge its plagiarism offence).
Since The Star has not refuted Guan Eng’s rebuttal, can readers then take it that indeed the paper prints “pure fabrication, mindless concoctions and sheer hallucination“ when it is discussing the DAP track record in Penang?
Please read the rest of the article patiently
First, look what The Star editors retweeted:
The Star editors are seen as endorsing the view of DAP election strategist Ong Kian Ming that Utusan prints “outrageous lies” (screenshot above).
One of the reasons BN is losing the perception war in mainstream media is due to this kind of backstabbing.
Furthermore, The Star will deliberately cover up any negative stories concerning their pet DAP evangelists while at the same time permitting its reporters to act as if they are the publicity and public relations agents of the paper’s favoured Christian politicians.
Nothing on Nasha in Star
For example, while the rest of the papers have gone to town doing follow ups on the expose by Nasharudin Mat Isa of DAP’s Christian agenda, The Star is keeping a most conspicuous silence.
Not too long ago, The Star had blacked out the Subang Jaya connection to the City Harvest Church scandal. This relates to criminal breach of trust charges involving more than S$50 million (RM125 million) against Singapore pastor Kong Hee and his church associates.
Below is a press statement issued by the office of the Commissioner of Charities (COC) concerning its inquiry into the embezzlement of church money.
Relevant excerpt reproduced:
“Between December 2007 and May 2010, the Charity’s funds were used to finance the Project under the guise of donations to its affiliated church in Kuala Lumpur, known as the City Harvest Church Kuala Lumpur [“CHCKL”]. The funds were then transmitted by CHCKL to support the Project in the United States. During this period, at least $2.1 million was transferred from the Charity to CHCKL to fund the Project. The Inquiry revealed that Kong Hee, Tan Ye Peng, Kelvin Teo Meng How, Tan Shao Yuen Sharon and Serina Wee Gek Yin were aware of the true purpose of the donations to CHCKL.”
Portion of COC statement below:
These findings are by Singapore authorities as part of the Singapore police investigation into charges which are being heard in the Singapore criminal court.
It is not something cooked up by bloggers often tagged as “low class” – the favourite word of DAP evangelist politicians to throw at critics – cybertroopers.
This press statement can be read in full at http://app1.mcys.gov.sg/PressRoom/InquiryfoundmisconductandmismanagementinCHC.aspx under the title of ‘Inquiry found misconduct and mismanagement in the City Harvest Church’ in the (Singapore) Ministry of Community Development, Youth and Sports website.
The church scandal is one which had deputy prime minister Teo Chee Hean revealing that the investigation was conducted by Singapore’s CAD police branch.
In short, a big story that sent shock waves across the region and even caught international attention. Yet in our country that is Singapore’s closest neighbour, The Star buried it.
NOT A SINGLE WORD on the alleged money laundering to the tune of RM5.26 million and implicating the City Harvest Church Kuala Lumpur located in Subang Jaya.
Why was the local connection (our backyard of Subang Jaya) to the church fraud not considered worth any mention in The Star pages?
After all, the paper has got Malaysia’s largest Christian readership. Therefore its shocking lack of news sense is something strange, no? Unless The Star is conniving at a hidden agenda as hinted by its present refusal to give airtime to the ustaz Nasha breaking story.
Aside from Hannah Yeoh’s donation to City Harvest Church from her constituency funding, the Subang Jaya DAP Adun has channelled Selangor state money contributions to other Christian “fellowships” which are registered as commercial entities.
Just as Suaram is not registered as an NGO but as a business, these Subang Jaya churches are technically regarded as running ‘businesses’ too.
Hannah Yeoh donated from her DUN budget to the ‘companies’ below:
RM3,000 – Kingdom Christian Fellowship Bhd on 13 Oct 2011 (note the ‘Bhd’)
RM2,500 – Subang Jaya Assembly of God on 12 May 2011
RM5,000 – Evangelical Free Church Gospel Centre on 17 Jan 2012
The same amount of RM5,000 was earlier given by Hannah Yeoh to the centre for its Subang Jaya Pastors Fellowship in 2010.
Similar to the Suaram situation of being a company and not an NGO, the Evangelical Free Church Gospel Centre – which received RM10,000 in total from Hannah Yeoh’s state allocation – is listed as providing “professional services” and not religious activities.
Isn’t is highly likely that these ‘companies’ feel obliged to reciprocate the kind donations by promoting the Hannah Yeoh personality cult to their congregations? This would help explain her and her party’s popularity among the Christians.
Note also that Selangor is the richest state and thus its Pakatan assemblymen are being given the most lucrative grants … more money with which to grease the wheels of hero worship.
Pro-opposition political churches
Hannah Yeoh’s Personal Assistant Rajiv Rishyakaran has been involved in carrying out political activities at the Subang Jaya City Harvest Church (see screenshot, tweet above).
Subang Jaya is the hotbed of Christian evangelist activities.
The rallying cry of the Subang Rally series of youth gatherings had been “Rise up it’s time to take Subang for Jesus!!!”
The Subang Rally annual programme – which Hannah Yeoh donated money to for several years running – used the online logo and slogan “Unchained” (screenshot below) as well as imagery of Malaysian Christians being “chained” at the wrists and urged to break free.
Appraising the Christian agenda
Ustaz Nasha has been viciously demonized for daring to touch on the DAP Christian agenda, one whose proponents The Star has been assiduously promoting and covering up for.
Readers of The Star are left in the dark of these subtle developments as they are fed mainly a daily diet of gang rape, incest, gigolos, young mistresses and sex pervert stories.
If, after this, the MCA continues to close one eye to its media machinery’s sleazy sabotage of critical coverage, then Umno should rightly consider the recalcitrant party as choosing to collude with the evangelistas.
The rest of the BN might well be wondering if MCA is hellbent on carry out an ‘Us (Chinese, hand-in-hand with the DAP) versus Them (Malay, Muslim) agenda.