Yup, once again the blame has been put on Umno.
When contacted yesterday by Malaysiakini, Wong Tack said:
“Whether to burn it or not, the decision doesn’t lie with Himpunan Hijau. It is the decision of the authorities. They are forcing us. It’s not us that want it.”
The Himpunan Hijau chairman claimed that it is really the government which is “forcing” his group to act. It’s not them “that want it” [to torch Lynas] but it is the authorities who have decided to allow Lynas to go ahead and this decision leaves the greenie meanies no choice but to threaten arson.
(The poster below appeared in the Himpunan Hijau Facebook.)
In the mind of opposition supporters “the authorities” are, needless to say, Umno. The resident “evil” is Umno, and the devil [‘d’+’evil’] wears Prada but ABU-ers see him as wearing a Nehru jacket. (God’s heavenly angels are dressed in Jerusubang couture.)
Wong Tack and his supporters do not consider his proposed course of action as criminal but merely “a sign of ‘symbolic expression’.”
Some cyber commenters have defended Wong Tack after buying the justification that his threat arose due to “force of circumstances as locals are angry” and in anticipation that “the simmering discontent of his supporters could boil over”.
The same Malaysiakini report said:
“Additionally, he also threatened to organise fresh rounds of demonstrations to overthrow the newly elected federal government if Himpunan Hijau’s demand is not met.”
Since the public perceives Himpunan Hijau to be as Chinese as the DAP, the public perception of Wong Tack to be in the mould of communist Loi Tack will extend to the ‘green’ movement’s followers and to a further extent implicate the Chinese community in general.
(A parallel is the Perkasa effect with regard to Malays.)
The above poster is Photoshopped and its inferences explained in my preceding post.
God’s Army of Twits
DAP SuperCyber Bullies do not act alone. They have, marching behind them, the lynch mob that they have carefully cultivated and constantly instigate.
They attack knowing they’re in the safety of their sovereign territory. Territory which their soldiers are expanding into, and taking over control of, through thuggery and intimidation.
Therefore when Wong Tack declared that he would torch the Lynas plant, he was not just one man. If he were merely a solo voice, would all the media have paid attention to him?
No, right? So actually, he was speaking on the back of Himpunan Hijau. And the so-called environment movement, which has morphed into an anti-BN political campaign, is a microcosm of the DAP.
Pakatan distancing themselves
Only a short while earlier, Himpunan Hijau had pledged that they would “actively campaign for PR ahead of Election 2013 in a bid to bring down the ruling BN government in Pahang to end Lynas’s operations there”, and with a “focus more on seats that BN had either lost or won by a slim margin in the state”. (source: TMI)
Hence Himpunan Hijau had effectively coupled itself to Pakatan. Chinese opposition supporters have embraced the movement as one of the vehicles in the convoy ferrying their Dear Leaders to Putrajaya.
However, with the Himpunan Hijau chairman issuing his arson threat, it was entirely predicted that Pakatan would speedily distance themselves from Wong Tack’s plan to raze Lynas. (Even Dr M had to distance Umno from Perkasa after Ibrahim Ali’s Bible burning call.)
And we can expect DAP to do damage control as well.
Api dalam Sekam
What was wholly expected by me (and other Starwatchers) was The Star‘s attempt to downplay the Wong Tack story so as to minimize and mitigate its negative impact on the DAP.
The Chinese newspapers had carried the story as early as Feb 3 (Sunday). The English portals picked up on Monday. It is only today, Wednesday, that The Star published.
Articles in The Malaysian Insider:
- ‘Pakatan says activist alone in threat to torch Lynas plant‘ (Feb 5)
- ‘MCA challenges opposition’s stand on Himpunan Hijau’s threat to torch Lynas plant‘ (Feb 5)
- ‘Activist threatens to torch Lynas plant if cannot close it down‘ (Feb 4)
Articles in Malaysiakini:
- ‘Wong Tack: Brinksmanship result of desperation‘ (Feb 5)
- Wong Tack, don’t fight fire with fire (Feb 5)
- Wong Tack threatens to torch Lynas plant after GE (Feb 4)
Wong Tack is newsworthy precisely because Pakatan has derived political mileage from Lynas.
If some other NGO were to issue a threat to set ablaze, say Sunway Lagoon, the general public would not take them seriously albeit the Sunway security department may pay some heed.
It takes four days for Star to come out with story
Let’s examine today’s Star story titled ‘Wong Tack still a man on fire‘.
As you can see from the Star Online Related Articles list (screenshot below), The Star is again four days late – a 3-day delay – compared to other media. Recall its similar tardiness on both the Patrick Teoh story as well as the Lim Guan Eng kalimah Allah controversy.
(The Star only featured Patrick and Guan Eng on the 5th day of the stories breaking in other press.)
Himpunan Hijau has been bouyed its popularity by the Chinese media. It has also received favourable coverage from the English online media which are pro-opposition.
Do you still remember the following paragraph from the Star story?
“[Patrick] Teoh had earlier posted a note on his Facebook page criticising the PAS-led Kedah Government and its guidelines for Chinese New Year performers in the state, which included some allegedly offensive remarks about Muslims.”
With its description “allegedly offensive”, the paper had put a question mark as to whether Patrick’s remarks should really be deemed insulting.
With Wong Tack, The Star could have easily featured an editorial or opinion piece discussing the preservation of public order, etc as after all, the story has been circulating four days already. But it didn’t.
This Wong Tack development is bad news for the DAP – and hence good news for the MCA – but no news in The Star.
At the rate that this internal sabotage is going, the MCA would soon have very few members left. They would all have been converted to become DAP loyalists and born again as evangelistas.