However it was not picked up by The Star.
Speaking at the launch of the MCA annual general assembly on Sunday, “Najib also agreed with the MCA president that DAP leaders have only been preaching multiracialism but it was never shown in reality”.
The Star reported the PM as asking, “Is DAP multi-racial?”
The Star however omitted the part where he’s supposed to have said Malays have had enough of DAP. The Star‘s coverage of the speech made by Najib was an insipid effort totalling a grand 214 words (screenshot of the paper’s report, here).
In comparison, a recent article in The Star which was all about Hannah Yeoh totalled almost 300 words (screenshot here).
The Star, which is the alter ego of The Rocket, had reported:
“Subang Jaya assemblyman Hannah Yeoh said a total of 45 bays had been created under the [MPSJ] project … she said, the council had received … she was happy that the problem had been resolved … [verbatim quote] she said, adding that … Yeoh, who visited the area / said … She stressed that … [another verbatim quote] she said … She said the state had offered … Yeoh said the projects were … She said all the projects had been carried out …”.
As can been observed, even the PM speaking at the MCA’s final do-or-die huddle before the GE rolls around did not get such lavish attention as Hannah Yeoh said-she said-she said-she said as was paid to the DAP Subang Jaya assemblywoman by the supposedly MCA-owned paper.
The Hannah Yeoh article was even accompanied by a photograph. The Najib mini article (online version), despite its importance with regard to the BN chairman addressing the coalition’s second largest party, was not deemed as worthy of a photo by The Star.
Due to the predictable lack of lustre in the paper’s coverage of BN, The Star readers hadn’t bothered to read about Najib’s speech nor any of the other articles related to the MCA assemblies of its Wanita and Youth wings, except when sex is mentioned.
Above are the most viewed stories in Star Online. The top two are about the “sex bloggers”/”sex blog couple”.
The article titled ‘Red-faced? Certainly not‘ is similarly about Alvin Tan and Vivian Lee who have been elevated to Star status by the MCA-owned media including its three radio stations (if they get the green light to broadcast the recorded interviews).
Out of the 10 most viewed stories, only one pertains to the MCA assembly and it’s not a positively titled story (headlined: ‘Chua: The verdict is still open on Chinese support for Barisan’).
The Star might have deliberately played up the sex bloggers as its front page and primary news item to detract attention from the MCA gatherings. If so, BN should consider it an act of sabotage.
Another Bernama story on Sunday is headlined ‘Get Battle-ready, Najib Tells BN Components’. It is also a report on the speech delivered at the MCA gathering.
The national news agency quoted the PM as urging all BN component parties to get battle-ready for GE13 by “activating their election machinery”.
Is it any surprise that The Star failed to report this bit too in its 214-word downplay of Najib’s speech?
For an idea of how short 214 words measure up, well, 214 words is one-third the length of this posting of mine that you’ve almost finished reading.
It’s not far-fetched to say that The Star should be considered a pro-opposition paper. It may reluctantly follow orders when issued particular directives by Wisma MCA but when left to its own discretion, the paper just can’t get enough of its darling DAP evangelists.