1. Dr Mahathir Mohamad a few days ago declared Malaysiakini and DAP to be racist.
(a) The ex-premier is arguably the most hated man among Malaysiakini readers. If Dr M’s legacy is to be remembered through the reporting, opinion writings and subscriber-cum-Facebook comments contained in the said news portal, he would likely come across as a meld between Robert Mugabe and Pol Pot.
(b) As can be seen from a typical Malaysiakini home page (screenshot above), Dr M is the target of a dedicated hate campaign that is carried out almost on a daily basis. See how Malaysiakini readers want Dr M’s citizenship stripped as well Ibrahim Ali to eat the humble pie. [The latter is the president of Perkasa, a movement of which Dr M is the patron.]
Commenters in all the alternative media, and not only in Malaysiakini alone, constantly spew venom at Dr M. He is blamed for virtually everything that happens, from ethnic polarization in this country to the Tunguska meteoroid crashing in Siberia.
Mahathir Mohamad may even be soon held responsible for the extinction of dinosaurs — a point we’ll get to shortly.
2. Lim Kit Siang replied to the charge of DAP practising racism by tweeting that Dr Mahathir is “racist to the core – ultra of ultras”. Dapsters say the same too of Dr M all the time and everywhere.
(a) In response to the tweet by the DAP Mursyidul Am, an individual using the Twitter handle ‘Winds of Change’ tweeted a remark — “BN low class”.
(b) These pro-opposition supporters are merely mirroring the DAP 2.0 evangelical leadership whose favourite form of name-calling hinge on the words “low class” and “racist” … and now “ultra racist”.
(c) In another tweet, someone responded (see above) by raising a pertinent question. The Chinese community is closing ranks solidly under the DAP banner. What becomes of the MCA now?
3. The belligerence of Penang Chinese was clearly reflected in the climate at the BN open house featuring Korean pop star Psy yesterday. Hostile anti-establishment sentiments on display in Penang – the state known as DAP sovereign territory – have been read as a ‘A tight slap in the face for Najib‘.
(a) In the eyes of those who attended for the sake of watching the Gangnam performance, not only did the 4th PM and his successor the 5th PM do everything wrong but the 6th sitting PM can do nothing right either. Madu diberi, tuba dibalas.
(b) Former Information Minister Zainuddin Maidin observed in his blog how efficiently the Pakatan election machinery functions. He noted that the Penang crowd were asked if they were “ready for BN”, to which they shouted ‘No’.
Zam believes that the Pakatan [read: DAP] political operatives were well prepared and had strategically put in place cheerleaders all ready to embarrass Najib Razak with their loud ‘No’.
Other eyewitness accounts recount sporadic jeering where ‘boos’ could be heard from the back sections of the crowd.
(c) Thus Pakatan, or to be more precise Penang DAP, had successfully seized the public platform to amplify an impression that there is a thorough rejection of the BN. Although a crony had forked out millions for Psy’s gig, it is Pakatan that won the perception war at no cost.
(d) Najib’s humiliation is all but complete when on top of the “No, No, No!” video clip – dubbed ‘Epic Fail‘ which has gone viral on YouTube – the Malaysian prime minister was additionally snubbed by Mr Gangnam who refused to take part in a photo op alongside the BN bigwigs. [Psy reportedly refused to share the stage to toss yee sang with the VIPs — see Hannah Yeoh retweet below.]
4. Two screenshots of the BN Chinese New Year open houses coverage in Star Online serve to show the udang di sebalik batu (hidden agenda) pushed by The Star.
(i) The Star subtly conveys to its readers (see below) that even the newspaper itself does not believe that the MCA open house on the first day of the lunar new year received a warm reception from the general public.
Weren’t the Star reporters themselves at the scene? If yes, didn’t they see with their own eyes that the crowd was small or huge? If in the positive, then the headline could have read something like ‘MCA open house attracts big crowd’.
But if you look at The Star headline, the “overwhelming turnout” is merely a claim made by Dr Chua Soi Lek. The paper attributes to the MCA president the boast – “says Dr Chua” – that many people turned up. But you can choose whether to take his word for it or not.
(ii) The Star sabotage flowed onto its next report (see below) the following day about the BN open house in Penang. Its headline said ‘Thousands at BN CNY open house’.
The most common dictionary meaning of “thousands” refers to the numbers ranging from 2,000 to 9,999. More than that would be in the “tens of thousands”.
By headlining the story, “thousands” attended, the MCA-owned paper appears to have deliberately diminished the size of attendance when it could have instead opted to title the story ‘50,000 throng BN open house’.
6. If readers of The Star were to participate in an attitude survey, do you think they will provide the same feedback as straw polls in alternative media with regard to public opinion on Dr Mahathir?
(a) The Star has been overt in its support for the DAP’s ‘Malaysian Malaysia’ (original recipe) and Malaysian First (updated version).
(b) The Star has been nothing short of gratuitous in its active promotion of the DAP personality cult. These DAP 2.0 ‘rising above Race’ proponents seek to define the Bangsa Malaysia terminology, a term which ironically made its debut in Dr M’s Vision 2020 blueprint.
The Star readers would also most likely agree with Kit Siang’s false dichotomy – see screenshot above – that Anak Bangsa Malaysia is good whereas ‘Malay First’ (a DAP-created taunt specially for Muhyiddin Yassin) is bad.
Bad news for the DAP is good news for the MCA but no news in The Star.
Take for instance how The Star downplayed the threat to burn down the Lynas plant made by Himpunan Hijau chairman Wong Tack. The Hijau environmentalists are closely linked to DAP.
The Star on the contrary plays up the activities of its favourite DAP 2.0 evangelist politicians and actively raising their public profile.
(c) Hence the public discourse on what constitutes ‘Bangsa Malaysia’ and who deserves to be Bangsa Malaysia have been controlled by the Firsters, thanks to the generous publicity and promotion lavished by the media, including The Star.
7. The relation between the MCA-owned paper and the DAP is so cosy that they’re hand in glove.
(a) So much so that Twitterjaya abounds with BFF tweets such as the one below where a Star senior editor tipped off the DAP Subang Jaya state assemblywoman to read his paper the following day.
(b) On Feb 1, The Star carried an article titled ‘Public invited to Chinese New Year open houses‘. It was wholly and solely about:
the “variety of parties organised by the Penang Government and elected representatives this Chinese New Year will be held for the public to enjoy. Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng’s political secretary Ng Wei Aik said there would be 32 open houses and public celebrations from Feb 8 until Feb 24.”
No mention was made in the paper about the BN-MCA celebrations. As a result, the MCA had to publicize its open house via Facebook at the same time that the DAP enjoyed the copious Star write-up (paragraph cited above).
(c) It is truly pathetic when MCA has become so irrelevant that its own paper does not think the party deserves any column inches.
The screenshot below indicates how Dr Chua has had to make a series of tweets to publicize the MCA functions himself. It is really, really revealing of the disdain with which The Star treats its “political master”.
The following tweets by Dr Chua:
- “Remember to join us at the mca #CNY open house on the 1st day of cny tomorrow in bandar tun razak!”
- “more n more r coming to our MCA #CNY open house! Gong Xi Fa Cai!”
- “PM @NajibRazak looking forward to watching Psy at BN do” retweeted by @drchuaSL
8. It goes beyond pathetic that Chua Soi Lek has to roll up his sleeves to do his own publicity work.
(a) Dr Chua’s tweets (screenshot above):
- “Glad to have our Prme Minister @NajibRazak joining the #CNY hashtag campaign!”
- “we are happy to receive our PM, DPM and former PMs to our #CNY open house” — in this one, Dr Chua had to tweet his own picture, just like how he had tweeted the photos of his walkabout in Malacca because The Star didn’t bother to assign any reporter and cameraman to cover the event
- Dr Chua’s tweet – “video blog: Welcome to our #CNY open house! – is a blurb of his YouTube uploaded by the MCA headquarters. Despite the Star Media Group having its own online TV, it seems that Dr Chua has little share in the publicity stakes
- It is beyond the pale when the MCA president has to resort to YouTube to promote his gong xi message, viz. “video blog: #CNY eve” to the Chinese community after failing to get mainstream media attention and notwithstanding that the most popular newspaper is actually owned by his party
- The following tweet – “@MCAHQ: Chinese New Year message of MCA President Feb 9, 2013 #CNY” – links to the party website. The MCA website has barely a few readers compared to the 5.63 million audience of the Star Media Group
It is obvious from Dr Chua’s personal efforts on Twitter and YouTube that The Star is giving him the cold shoulder.
(b) Contrast on the other hand the archived screenshot below on how The Star provided saturation coverage for Hannah Yeoh with Past Week Google search results returning “20 hours ago”, “1 day ago”, “2 days ago”, “2 days ago”, “3 days ago”, “3 days ago”, “4 days ago”.
The Star stories mentioned ‘Hannah Yeoh’ in 7 separate articles over 4 consecutive days!
9. As a result of The Star diligently carrying out its personality cult free advertorials, Hannah Yeoh – a state-level politician – has managed to garner 57,676 followers on Twitter ahead of national leader Chua Soi Lek’s 16,248.
(a) While Hannah Yeoh can thank The Star for making her a Twitter celebrity, Wanita MCA and Beliawanis MCA are on the other hand almost invisible in the paper.
(b) In fact, the MCA ladies have been so demoralized by the deep bias of the so-called MCA paper that morale has dropped. Look at the photos below taken 3 days ago during the launch of Gelombang Biru which is to get the Wanita wings out to canvas the votes.
Below: The MCA women who attended the flag off – photos courtesy of Minaq Jinggo:
Aren’t there any young female members in MCA?!!
The above MCA senior citizens who will be campaigning door-to-door for the BN appear still in good spirits because they are not Star readers.
If they were readers of the paper, they would already feel so demoralized. Take for example the experience of Selangor Beliawanis chief Jessie Ooi who was given space in Sinar Harian but not by The Star.
(d) Jessie is the young politician bestowed the nickname “Ms Tow Truck” by Guan Eng’s fanboys for asking a question aggressively during the open floor session of the DAP sec-gen’s debate with Dr Chua.
“Ms Tow Truck” became an instant meme in cyberspace with the Dapsters carrying out the most vicious harassment against Jessie. But guess what?
The Star featured its interview with her under the most bizarre and insulting headline ‘Lesson well learnt‘. The implication is that anyone daring to criticize the Pakatan deities must be prepared to pay the price and this is the lesson that Jessie Ooi has been dutifully taught.
The MCA-owned paper has consistently sided with the Dapsters, for example in its coverage of the bullying of elderly teacher Simon Thong in Taman Kaya as well as the DAP SuperCyber Bully @hannahyeoh where The Star chose to bury the complainant Beliawanis treasurer Jessica Lai’s side of the story.
Below: Example of a Hannah Yeoh tweet. Malacca Chief Minister Mohd Ali Rustam is chided for mispelling Gong Xi Fai Chai [sic] in his festive greeting and told to “go home” because he is “drunk”.
It is the DAP 2.0 leadership by example where the behaviour of the opposition followers borrows from the offensive demagoguery of the party icons.
10. Dr Mahathir played a pivotal role in the collapse of the Abdullah Badawi premiership. The BN suffered losses of tsunamic proportions due to Dr M tacitly withdrawing his support in GE12.
(a) On the eve of GE13, Dr M has called out DAP and Malaysiakini.
(b) A major perplexity remains as to why there has been no successful counterbalance to the pro-opposition propaganda. Isn’t The Star supposedly the MCA mouthpiece?
If the MCA-owned paper has been properly explaining the BN message, then why does the alternative media hold the upper hand when the Star Media Group has an audience of 5.63 million?
The BN strategists must be scratching their head as to why the MCA not only fails to command the confidence of the Chinese but is tottering on the verge of extinction.
Above: Ong Kian Ming is the DAP strategist and a likely election candidate for Parliament.
(c) The alternative media throws everything and the kitchen sink at Dr Mahathir. Not satisfied with that, the insults from readers extend even to Dr M’s former Chinese political secretary who is mocked as a “mongrel” and “pariah dog” (source: http://malaysia-today.net/mtcolumns/guest-columnists/54389-general-election-2013-bn-shifting-from-strategic-defence-to-strategic-offense)
(d) You must be wondering how is it that public expression has degenerated to this depth. Where has The Star been the last 5 years and has it got no influence at all on the direction of civil discourse?
(e) Well, the truth of the matter is that the MCA newspaper has been part and parcel of the rise and rise of the kind of behaviour which we see today through its support for the DAP evangelistas.