Forrrestcat, a regular commenter in this blog, pointed out a most interesting phenomenon.
He had observed:
“Even if there are articles [in The Star] that is anti DAP once a while, it is always to quote some UMNO leader hence making the articles as hate bait against UMNO. […] Which shows the ethos of The Star, if it says bad things about DAP, it is from the mouth of UMNO leaders …”
Meaning that whenever the paper is forced to print something negative about DAP, it will frame the scene as Umno leaders saying nasty things about the Chinese opposition rather than publishing opinion-editorials by its own writers in their own names, e.g.
- Muhyiddin: DAP a racist party (The Star, 19 Dec 2012)
- It’s DAP’s attempt to widen influence, chauvinistic approach, says Muhyiddin (The Star, 16 Dec 2012)
- Pakatan’s ‘supreme’ leaders are hypocrites, says Khairy‘ (The Star, 6 Apr 2012)
The Star‘s “race bait”
As we know, DAP has adamantly painted the deputy prime minister as a Malay ultra. If The Star screams in its headline – cited above – that Muhyiddin says DAP is racist, there’s more than a chance that readers will simply dismiss the allegation as mere name-calling.
On the other hand, DAP has been relentlessly brainwashing opposition supporters that Muhyiddin is “Malay First” (code word for Race Bigot).
“Justice”, “freedom”, “human dignity”, “integrity”, “righteousness”, “above race”, blah blah blah are all fine words difficult to fault particularly when any DAP detractor is further accused as being a godless infidel (perangai kafir-mengkafir DAPster sebiji macam orang PAS).
A headline like ‘Muhyiddin: DAP a racist party’ will not convince the paper’s Jerusubang diehards and will only have the opposite effect, backfiring.
Forrrestcat is correct to say that the approach taken by The Star is setting “hate bait”.
It don’t gel
There is nothing else, no other content, in The Star which shores up Muhyiddin’s statement reported as a one-off. An analogy would be if tomorrow Utusan were to publish an article quoting Dr Chen Man Hin (DAP veteran) as saying Bintang Tiga are freedom fighters.
Can Utusan readers be readily convinced that communist equals hero? Such a thought is as out of sync in Utusan as DAP-equals-racist is in The Star milieu.
The Star has thousands of journalists but you can count those who have ever written critically about DAP 2.0 on the fingers of one hand.
One, Joceline Tan who has been personally attacked by Lim Guan Eng (reported in the Chinese media) for her gallant effort
Two, K. Baradan who, as far as I’m aware, is a guest columnist and not regular Star staff
Three, Wong Chun Wai once in a blue moon but he is reputed to enjoy a multi-million annual paycheque as Group Editor and other job titles/directorship. It figures, obviously, that he will want to look after his rice bowl as well as having his underlings keep my blog under 24/7 surveillance
Four, Sira Habibu
There. Like I said, tak perlu bilang 5 jari pun. Unless you can suggest more names to add to the list.
Star high class, we all low class
So let’s Google ‘Sira Habibu’ because I’ve noticed that her byline often goes with news items that the paper’s Chinese reporters don’t wish to dirty their hands with.
By the way, the racial composition of The Star editorial mirrors DAP delegates at their recent national congress.
Sira Habibu and Regina Lee are both reporters on the Star newsdesk.
A sampling of Sira’s Star articles:
Portal claims hunger strikers seen eating (1 Jan 2013)
It’s all in the family for DAP’s top rung (10 Dec 2012)
Kelantan slammed over ‘khalwat’ for non-Muslims (8 Dec 2012)
Penang property prices soar (18 Oct 2012)
A sampling of Regina Lee’s Star articles:
Karpal: What ouster bid! (15 Dec 2012)
DAP campaign lorry stolen (3 Nov 2012)
DAP recruits new members (30 Oct 2012)
Regina Lee, incidentally, is the wife of Teh Eng Hock whose “Oi Big Mama” tweet did not deter the paper from giving him a promotion shortly after.
You can see that there is a difference in tone to the Sira and Regina articles on DAP.
Bloggers like bandits, no standard
How does the nature of The Star relate to Dr Chua’s tirade against pro-Umno bloggers?
Dr Chua’s arrogant attitude is not only with regard to bloggers but across the board about other writings in cyberspace.
MCA feels high and mighty (tak pandang pada blogger) because they own a national newspaper with 1.3 million readers a day. After all, who reads our blogs?
MCA is also secure in the knowledge when that the need arises, their paper can be instructed to print articles like ‘DAP is a racist party’, says Muhyiddin.
The Star is making heaps of profits because its English readers are well-to-do and as an example, its Subang story today (screenshot below) is what they desire to read.
Not the cheap trash that Umno ‘snipe‘ bloggers (in the eyes of Jerusubang) write in the Malay language — this is the real reason behind Dr Chua’s rant.