They put up a slogan “MCA can deliver” at their recent convention (see picture below).
What do you think the party has delivered to BN the past 5 years?
Think about it
Has MCA, which owns the Star Media Group, delivered 5.63 million pairs of eyeballs and ears to the BN?
If that many Malaysians – 5.63 million adults – are exposed daily to the BN’s message, why is it that the MCA is unable to get even a fraction of them to listen sympathetically?
Remember all the photographs we’ve seen of the MCA Mega Dinners? Everyone was busy eating. Hardly anybody paid attention to the speeches by the MCA leaders.
Worse, the diners walked out when the party president started speaking. The guests attended for the free/cheap food and to collect the cheques (photos bottom of page).
“MCA can deliver”. Other MCA banners read that the party “stands with PM Najib”.
Standing with the PM but kicking his wife
Yet MCA is perfectly fine with its newspaper’s decision to promote The Star reporter who tweeted “Oi Big Mama”. The reporter who was the Star-NUJ chairman was given a promotion shortly after the said Twitter exchanges (screenshot below).
He had tweeted “All the ladies in sarees are melting under the sun” waiting for Rosmah’s late arrival (photo of the PM’s wife at the function, below).
Teh Eng Hock had tweeted when he was on assignment, i.e. during working hours and on company time. Therefore it is quite reasonable to infer that he is representing the views of his employer The Star.
His Twitter exchange was with Hannah Yeoh who has 55,000 Twitter followers. So the “Oi Big Mama” jibe was read by many twits in the social media network including those The Star editors who are Hannah Yeoh’s Twitter followers.
Christians are persecuted, PM doesn’t care
The Star runs online programmes that promote Twitter ‘personalities’.
Like this particular individual called ‘Cina’ at the Twitter account @YouTiup.
A fortnight ago he tweeted:
“it doesn’t matter if your PM is friendly to Christians or not, you’re still gonna congregate in the upstairs of shophouses, like thieves.”
Cina@YouTiup has often been retweeted by the Star Editor. Of course we can still recall that the Star Editor had also tweeted that MCA had “too many old dinosaurs“.
Cina @YouTiup is publicized and promoted by The Star.
Below is a screenshot of the tweet by the Star Editor encouraging Twitterjaya inhabitants to read the paper’s online coverage of its cyber session “with the Cina himself”.
Cina@YouTiup is ‘followed’ by the Star Editor (screenshot below). As has been highlighted several times previously in this blog, the MCA paper’s interaction in the social media is overwhelmingly with opposition politicians as well as the pro-opposition cliques such as Suaram, Tenaganita, etc.
Given this tendency at The Star, it is indeed difficult to imagine how the paper can acquire any meaningful perspective from the BN point of view.
A parallel example on the lack of exposure and understanding of ‘the other side’ can be drawn from the failure of The Star to realise that Pork Ribs are not a Ramadan Delight. The paper suffers from the same lack of exposure to the POV of the other side of the political divide too (i.e. lacking in understanding of the BN relationship).
Million ringgit question
The Star was conspicuously silent to Lim Guan Eng’s Allah challenge and when it finally published a report on the fifth day (after the Penang Chief Minister’s Christmas eve message), it was instead to “snipe” at the poor MCA spokesman who criticized Guan Eng.
Don’t you think that if the Star media group was really BN-friendly, then the 5.63 million combined total readers and radio listeners (plus Star Internet TV viewers) might be just a little bit more sympathetic to the MCA?
Yet the MCA is so unpopular with the public. This being the case, it’d would be quite impossible for the party to “deliver” (c.f. the big banner promising “MCA can deliver”) the Chinese votes.
This begs the question of what is going on in the MCA, so much so that its media is freely allowed to continue popularizing the DAP 2.0 politicians.
What the MCA folks are saying
The Malaysian Insider on 25 Aug 2011 carried the following headline –‘MCA founder’s granddaughter lauds Guan Eng’s policies in Penang‘.
Tan Siok Choo is the daughter of Tun Tan Siew Sin who is the son of MCA founder Tun Tan Cheng Lock. TMI reported that she heaped praises on the DAP sec-gen in a radio interview.
Golly, even members of the MCA first family are lauding Guan Eng, what more The Star readers.
Tan Siok Choo went to school in Convent Bukit Nanas and her mother’s a Christian, by the way.
You wanna know what the MCA people are really thinking? Below is a screenshot of a tweet by the ex-MCA Subang Jaya state assemblyman.
Staunch Christian Datuk Lee Hwa Beng, a three-term Adun, tweeted: “… cannot deny majority of Chinese not with MCA under current leadership”.
Poor MCA. Money can’t buy it love. It can only buy the services of a blogger who will defend The Star as being solidly pro-establishment.