The MCA election slogan is “Stability Above Chaos”. And here is MCA president Dr Chua Soi Lek talking about his party campaign theme on YouTube.
Dr Chua’s Chinese New Year message was uploaded by the MCA headquarters two weeks ago and has so far garnered only 368 views. Sad.
The video clip received three thumbs down compared to a mere four thumbs up. Even sadder.
While his newspaper has been assiduously promoting the evangelistas, it has done nothing to boost Dr Chua’s image and hence his lack of popularity.
Lim Guan Eng’s YouTube (above) was uploaded also two weeks ago by Buletin Mutiara and has notched 3,825 views and 35 likes. That’s more than 10 times Dr Chua’s viewership.
Both party leaders are seen wearing festive CNY shirts but Guan Eng’s red colour is apparently more ‘ong’.
Battle of the buses
The Ubah Dream Machine was launched in late October 2012. They are colourfully painted trucks which function as DAP ceramah platforms on wheels.
Dr Chua unveiled the MCA Kestabilan Rakyat Diutamakan double-decker bus during his party’s Chinese New Year open house in Bandar Tun Razak.
You can see for yourself which party has the snazzier looking vehicle.
The Star reported Dr Chua “denied that the bus was similar to that of the Pakatan Rakyat’s campaign bus when asked”. Ouch. That was the subtle scissors stab to which we’ve become accustomed.
Shy lah for the MCA president to be embarrassed like that by his own party “mouthpiece” to the paper’s millions readership.
Star specializes in sex stories
Every newspaperman knows that sex sells.
That’s why the front page of the Star Online today is about “scantily-clad” GROs “forced into vice”. And sex and sensation stories sure do abound in The Star.
The only-to-be-expected rape (incest, molest, sexual abuse) stories in Star Online today (below):
Positive news about MCA is no news in The Star
When the MCA 2012 general assembly – the last formal party gathering before the imminent general election – was taking place, The Star chose instead to put “steamy” bloggers Alvin and Vivian on its front pages and running dozens of stories on our homegrown sex celebrities.
The paper’s daily coverage of the undergrad pair totally eclipsed the MCA assembly. You might well suspect it was a deliberate act of sabotage to sink the any chances the MCA may have for salvaging their party fortunes.
The front page photo above shows Alvin and Vivian being interviewed by the Star radio stations, i.e. three Star channels — Red FM, Capital FM and 988 FM. Only Suria FM, the Malay language Star station, had refrained from interviewing the two ‘Star’lets.
For the record, Utusan did not play up this story at all. As far as I’m aware, the Malay broadsheet only featured a single, rather dry report on the sexcapade at the height of the scandal.
The Star‘s pin-up girl
Hannah Yeoh recently preached at the Damansara Utama Methodist Church (DUMC).
She quoted the following verse from the bible:
“He must manage his own family well and see that his children obey him with proper respect. If anyone does not know how to manage his own family, how can he take care of God’s church? (1 Timothy 3:4-5)”
Hannah told her DUMC congregation:
“If you cannot manage your own family, how do you manage your duties as a politician? That is why people make fun of sex videos and sex scandals involving politicians, because if they cannot be faithful, if they cannot honour even their own wife, they are most likely to cheat on you.”
For the last five years, Dr Chua has been the opposition punching bag over his leaked hotel room video.
The Star once invited a tweeter who tweeted “Chua Soi Lek is an adulterer” to be a guest on its programme. The paper has diligently promoted the public profile of those who are the harshest moral critics of the MCA and its president.
Star: Beng Hock’s death due to his own negligence
Yesterday’s story in The Star has arguably inflicted the worst damage to MCA that I can think of in terms of losing the Chinese vote.
The Star article, in its second paragraph said, “MACC and the Government are contending that Teoh’s death was due to his own negligence”.
This statement about TBH will cause any Chinese to hit the roof. The Star report seems to almost deliberately to want the Chinese to revolt against the BN.
To get an idea of the Chinese and Christian (The Star‘s target market) mindset with regard to government agencies such as the MACC, have a look at a tweet today by KL Chan, editor of the Selangor Times — The Star’s kissing cousin newspaper in terms of editorial orientation.
Chan’s Twitter thread exchange (below) complains that it was Malaysian taxpayers who had paid for the cost of the teargas sprayed at themselves during the Bersih 2.0 and 3.0 rallies.
Hannah Yeoh’s complementary tweet about how the taxpayer’s money is “misused, embezzled, abused” is retweeted from a Chinese man who gripes that other Malaysians, unlike him, do not pay tax.
The Star demography is the Hannah and Kevin types. The profit-minded paper, quite naturally, panders to the prejudices of its demography rather than telling readers about other points of views – for example MCA’s pitch on stability and harmony – that these urban, middle-class readers are not interested to hear.
And we mustn’t forget that the Star Media Group, including its four radio stations and SwitchUp.tv. command an audience of 5.63 million adults.
This tendency of the paper, on top of its sabotage and stab, does not help the MCA at all but hinders the BN’s best efforts. Who needs Komtar cybertroopers when you have media machinery like The Star?