Please excuse my prolific blogging of late. But since I’m going to take this blog in a new direction before the election is called, let me just respond to the most common criticisms and be done with them so that we can move on.
“Helen’s specialization is in roasting Hannah, The Star and the occasional LGE. She would find other things to write about of course, but since this is her blog and this is her space, I think she can damn well do what she likes.”
The above comment is by i hate n’sync whom I do not consider to be a critic but nonetheless what he describes sums up my blog signature dishes in their correct order on the menu.
I do intend to “find other things to write about” because once the PM announces the GE13 polling date, most sopo blogs will go on a bull run and I prefer to step aside from the stampede.
Also I feel that I’ve taken “roasting Hannah, The Star and the occasional LGE” as far as the grilling can go.
My response to 5 common criticisms
Criticism #1: Your blog is no better than the opposition you criticize
If the perpetually hysterical people screaming “racist”, “bigot”, “pornstar”, “prostitute/whore”, “running dog/lapdog” are guilty of name-calling, is not labelling them “Dapsters” equally bad?
My answer: Racists, prostitutes, etc are established words with known and fixed meanings.
“Dapsters” and “Jerusubang” are words invented in this blog. I can’t even claim credit as the intellectual property rights to ‘Dapsters’ belongs to melonhead and ‘Jerusubang’ to anakjamil.
However, the two terms have become a favourite ringtone in my writings, for which I make no apology.
That the regular commenters coined these two words which I’ve adopted with relish indicates I’m not the only person thinking along this track.
If some pro-BN writer is called a “prostitute”, there’s no ambiguity that a slur has been uttered. Whereas with “Dapsters” and “Jerusubang”, both words are barely a year old and not recorded in any dictionary.
So they can mean anything to anyone.
If nobody has ever experienced Dapsterism or personally encountered a Jerusubangite, then this argumentative itinerary is automatically derailed. Dapster and Jerusubang can only take shape if enough people are able to give a mental form to the terms.
And yes, I do believe the labelling is necessary just like with ‘Nazi’ wherein you need to frame a particular behaviour type. Or ‘Utopia’ which is an imaginary realm as is Jerusubang a virtual behavioural terrain.
Word cloud from transcript of Tunku Aziz’s Q&A with The Star
Criticism #2: Your focus is too obsessively narrow
I think it has been useful not to range across a wide variety of topics. I’ve kept hammering away at the same message and I think this dedicated focus is effective.
The Dapster reproach, which makes as if Lim Guan Eng is a hapless victim of the “beastly Umno horde”, is more reflective of the critics themselves.
For example, the Dapsters spread the rumour that I’m critical of the DAP sec-gen because I have a crush on him and he rejected my advances. Oh puh-leez lah.
They wouldn’t have made up this lie if I was a guy blogger or if I was a Malay. To them it’s “unnatural” for a Chinese (who does not vote BN) to dislike LGE. This accusation only indicates how their own thinking is locked in a communal silo.
If the Dapsters would only take a tour of the pro-establishment Malay blogosphere, they’ll easily see how intensely Guan Eng is disliked and how widespread are the sentiments against him. In this respect, I’m but one of the many fishes in a blog ocean.
It is revealing that Tunku Aziz in his criticisms singled out Guan Eng, as have many other politicians across the party spectrum (compilation of their comments here).
For Guan Eng’s hatchetmen to think otherwise, they are either insular or they live abroad and do not have any Malay close friends.
Criticism #3: It’s boring and so predictable that you keep bringing up The Star
When I blogged that Bernama was responsible for syndicating a Photoshopped picture of the PM’s Raya open house, some of my fellow bloggers disbelieved me. However I was correct.
I am right about The Star.
Criticism #4: You’re just plain jealous of Hannah Yeoh
There’s a popular quote that goes “Never argue with an idiot. They will only bring you down to their level and beat you with experience.”
With Yeopies who call everyone else “low class”, it’s asking too much for anyone to have to go down to their level. Hence these Dapsters memang menang sorak lah.
And furthermore, they beat you in the numbers game.
The danger in Dapsters winning the shouting match is that the other side, at some point, will give up trying to engage (malas dah nak layan kerenah).
Because Dapsters only hear their own echoes reverberating without there being any opportunity for a contrary opinion to be heard at all, they will continue to fan the fires of their fanaticism in isolation.
Criticism #5: Malay ultras write their racist comments in your blog
Plus the Dapsters allege that I am racist too as well as anti-Malay and anti-Islam. And if that doesn’t stick, they turn around and call me a Sinophobic Cina murtad. And the anti-Christ to boot. But nobody’s ever accused me of being anti-Indian though.
Look at the Twitter thread below by Papa and Mama Dapster.
@hwabeng in the conversation (screenshot above) is the former three-term MCA state assemblyman for Subang Jaya. I repeat … MCA. Adun. Subang Jaya. When The Scissors strikes, don’t say I didn’t warn you.
Beginning tomorrow, I will find other things to write about. There are only so many times that I care to repeat my message.