I. NICK XENOPHON, the Australian senator refused entry into Malaysia, told BBC News how he has repeatedly voiced his fears that our GE13 could be subject to “widespread election fraud and corruption”.
The keyword is perception. Pakatan has convinced its supporters that the coming election will indeed be “the dirtiest ever”. They seem to have managed to convince even foreigners of the same.
A reader of this blog commented from Australia, “going by the media coverage here, the great [Anwar Ibrahim] will be the next PM of Malaysia”.
Therefore if “the great AI” is not gifted by God (Anugerah Tuhan) to become prime minister following GE13, expect the Pakatan followers to echo Xenophon and cry “widespread election fraud”. That’s the widespread perception that the federal opposition has successfully put out.
Similarly, the self-hypnosis therapy of the Dapsters have made them think that this time they have a strong chance of taking over the federal government — a misplaced confidence which derives from all the misconception they feed on.
“Corruption” is the other word mentioned by Xenophon alongside “widespread election fraud”. DAP has been the most successful in making its supporters believe that the BN is corrupt to the core, so much so that with Dapsters, the word “corruption” ranks number one in their anti-BN arsenal.
The DAP hardcore also shriek “[BN] corruption” at fence-sitters as if the word were a holy crucifix, that when held aloft, will be able to ward off the incumbent BN’s reentry into Putrajaya.
This accusation of corruption against the BN is juxtaposed with the standard DAP lexicon such as “transparency”, “accountability”, “integrity”, “good governance”. These words, which Dapsters associate with themselves and their party, have been successfully lodged in the circle jerk too.
Pakatan definitely beats BN hands down in the perception game.
II. HANNAH YEOH, in her tweet, screamed “Pathetic journalism!!” at a news report titled ‘Malaysian lawmakers agree with Xenophon’s deportation‘ (The Star, 16 Feb 2013).
The article was written by Sira Habibu. I had blogged on the first of January that 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 — Joceline Tan, K. Baradan, Wong Chun Wai and Sira. (See ‘Something seriously wrong with arrogant MCA‘)
Therefore Sira Hibibu is the one-in-four exception out of the several thousands of Star journalists who do not ever write anything critical about DAP.
Sira as a writer who is critical of DAP gets slapped with the label “[practitioner of] “pathetic journalism” by the Star poster girl Hannah Yeoh, and this is tweeted to the evangelist politician’s 60,000 followers on the social media and retweeted to several thousands more.
It is The Star, through its dedicated promotion of the evangelista cult, which has actually enabled Hannah Yeoh to become a mini media outlet in her own right. Comparatively, a small newspaper might have a readership of 60,000. Well, Hannah Yeoh has 60,000 readers on her social media.
Her extensive reach has largely been cultivated through The Star under the auspices of the paper’s constant and consistent support of her publicity blitz.
I’m willing to bet that the paper’s editorial staff – many of whom are Jerusubang Twitter followers – will take the side of the DAP evangelist politician rather than their own colleague Sira.
In the same boat with Sira is Joceline Tan who had earlier been targetted by Hannah Yeoh as well (see screenshot below). Joceline is often the victim of the vicious cyber gangsterism carried out by the DAP SuperCyber Bullies.
III. SHEN YEE AUN, president of the Kami Sayangi Selangor outfit, wrote an article yesterday titled ‘Is Malaysian government really that bad towards the Chinese community?‘
The way Shen framed his question presumes that the Malaysian government is guilty as charged in the court of Pakatan public opinion, and he’s sacrilegiously asking his blog readers to reevaluate whether this belief is genuinely true.
One perception which the Chinese community hugs close to its chest is that the Umno-led government has been unfair to the country’s minorities.
As one example, a major dissatisfaction with the Chinese is the quota system that favours the Malay home owner, for example the 30% bumiputera reserve in any new housing project.
But when the PAS government increased this NEP quota from 30 to 50 percent, and then to 70 percent in Kedah, the DAP supporters somehow fail to register that the Islamist party is worse than the Malay party Umno in its treatment of the Chinese community.
The 70 percent Kedah quota was reported as early as November 2008, barely half a year after the March 8 tsunami. So the fact is that within a very short period of acquiring power, the PAS state government amended a quota figure that the BN has been implementing for several decades.
Yet mere perception has successfully trumped reality and today we can hear some Chinese Christian opposition diehards swearing that they would rather choose PAS over Umno anytime.
Shen Yee Aun had observed wryly:
“Whenever there is anybody who supported Pakatan Rakyat, then they are good people, clean and not being paid. Whenever there people who supported Barisan Nasional, then they are bad, dirty and being paid.”
Among other popular perceptions are that everyone in BN is corrupt [yes, that key word again]. But if the BN politicians hop over to Pakatan, then they are automatically cleansed — the DAP ‘Dream Machine‘ does a Bersih Rinse, Spin and Wash.
On the other hand, anyone from Pakatan who crosses over to BN must have been bought. Sold his dirty little soul for filthy lucre. That’s the Dapster perception for which they have no hesitation in voicing out most vehemently as if it were gospel truth.
IV. REGINA LEE is a Star reporter and a Hannah Yeoh BFF in Twitterjaya. She tweeted her mocking comment on the Xenophon deportation vis-a-vis an article about the Immigration Department which had earlier appeared in her paper.
Some of you may still recall the “Big Mama” tweet, the “dinosaur” tweets as well as many other destructive ones by Star editors and executive journalists. In fact, the reporter who vilified Rosmah Mansor was given a promotion by The Star shortly after the “hu-hu-hu” (laughing at the PM’s wife) episode.
Let’s examine the Star article which Hannah Yeoh rubbished as “pathetic journalism”.
Sira Habibu had interviewed the Immigration director-general Alias Ahmad, independent MP Wee Choo Keong, independent MP N. Gobalakrishnan, independent MP Tan Tee Beng, Sedar Institute (a think tank) executive director Tan Chuan Khoon, and Election Commission deputy chairman Wan Ahmad Wan Omar.
Is there any valid reason for Hannah Yeoh to trash Sira’s efforts as “pathetic journalism”? Heaven forbid had it been Umno MPs who were interviewed.
She must imagine that the propaganda sheet Selangor Times, which features her in its pages every week without fail, is the exemplar of free and fair journalism. She may be justified in her view as you’ve never heard any Dapster complain that ST is a purveyor of pathetic journalism, have you?
But why did Hannah go ballistic over Sira’s article? It implies that Hannah Yeoh feels she has a proprietary right over the paper’s contents. It is hardly surprising that she should feel this way. Just look at the kind of tweets that Star senior editors have been sending her (screenshot below).
To revert to the query on how Pakatan has managed to beat BN – game, set, match – in the perception war, just consider how the Star Media Group has shaped the mindset of its 5.63 million-strong audience over the past 5 years.
The Star Media Group is not operated by robots. There is one Sira Habibu in The Star compared with hundreds, if not thousands, of Regina Lees. (Regina was formerly with Malaysiakini, by the way.) So how do you think the paper’s contents will turn out? The answer is pretty obvious, isn’t it?
And imagine, by publishing the Xenophon piece by Sira Hibibu (certainly a rare species in The Star habitat) the paper incurs the wrath of its Jerusubang idol.
When will BN start holding MCA to account for the malfunction of its media machinery? The Star has undoubtedly contributed to the public predisposition to perceptions in favour of fact.