Joceline Tan’s column today in The Star will surely consign her to the fate of R.I.P (Rust In Peace) in Scissorsland.
“Reporters have had the impression since 2008 that many local NGOs and particularly the Penang Forum had thrown their support behind Pakatan Rakyat and Guan Eng. […]
“Some said it was because they were part of the wave that swept Pakatan into power in Penang.
“Besides, a number of the Penang Forum figures have been co-opted into state working committees and made councillors in the local government. One of them has even been appointed a director on the Penang Water Authority while Dr Arrifin Omar, a leading figure in the Aliran NGO, is now a DAP-nominated Senator.
“They have become EMBEDDED in the Pakatan administration and that has compromised their role as an independent voice in Penang.”
[Emphasis – underline and bold red – added by this blogger.]
Joceline further wrote:
“Others claimed that like many people, the NGOs were afraid of getting on the wrong side of Guan Eng. If he does not like something, he can come down on you like a tonne of bricks and the DAP cybertroopers will then TEAR YOU TO SHREDS.
“For the longest time, it was tough to get reactions from them [Penang Forum members], especially on issues not favourable to the state government.”
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[Helen’s comment: Some people when they criticize Kim, they have to constantly reassure Guan Eng that if they were to say something even the slightest bit negative, it’s not because they’re in any way at all his critics.
This reassurance has to be given often to Guan Eng so that he does not come down like a tonne of bricks on the puny individual who dares voice any criticism – even the mildest dissent conveyed in the friendliest of tones. This reassurance has to be made to avert cybertroopers tearing the hapless guy to shreds.
Others, should they feel compelled to voice anything the slightest bit unfavourable regarding Pakatan, will make it a fine point to reassure the listener (or reader) repetitively that he (the speaker/writer) is really and “on scout’s honour” a true blue opposition supporter and that his criticism is made not because he is in any way remotely pro-BN.
This reassurance has to be conveyed often to listeners/readers so that the speaker/writer does not suffer the tonne of bricks coming down his head and to avoid being torn to shreds by the DAP cybertroopers and the rest of the perpetual hysterics (definition of ‘hysteric’ — a person affected with hysteria).
And this, ladies and gentlemen, describes the climate of the Brave New World, the Better Firster Middle Malaysia that is promised us by the Jerusubang preachers.]
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Joceline continues in her column, writing:
“Make no mistake, these NGOs are still solidly for Pakatan even though they are opposed to Guan Eng’s mega project. One of them told him during the meeting, the state government should not equate their opposition to Barisan to blanket support for every single state policy dished out.”
“Actually, the Consumers Association of Penang (CAP) was the first NGO to speak up when news about the undersea tunnel broke last year. But CAP president S.M. Mohd Idris was a lone voice then and the DAP cybertroopers went for him, calling him all kinds of names and telling him, “mamak, shut up.”
“None of the NGOs in the Penang Forum came to Idris’ defence or backed up his stand and that was when CAP decided to have nothing more to do with the group.” […]
“It has been like one long Valentine’s Day between the Penang Forum and Guan Eng since 2008 …”
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It has also been one long Valentine’s Day between The Star and the evangelistas since 2008.
Below is a screenshot of two DAP politicians picking on Joceline Tan in their Twitter. These two DAP evengelist politicians also happen to be The Star‘s most favourite people.
Valentine between Star and evangelistas
The Star reporter Regina Lee – mentioned in my immediate previous posting for her coverage of the Ngeh-Kula rivalry – wrote about Ong Kian Ming:
“Ong in particular is famed for his political analysis published in Malaysiakini“
see ‘DAP recruits new members‘ (The Star, Published: Monday August 27, 2012 MYT 1:21:00 PM Updated: Tuesday October 30, 2012 MYT 2:18:53 PM).
Don’t you think it’s fishy for The Star to have updated (read: amended) its report after an interim of two months? What high praises did Regina initially sing about Ong Kian Ming on Aug 27 that the paper might have possibly erased when it updated Regina’s online copy more than two months later on Oct 30?
The Star never ever defended its staff who are critical of DAP 2.0
The point of the matter is this. DAP politicians such as Hannah Yeoh and Ong Kian Ming are the biggest tormenters of the MCA politicians as well as of the 10 percent of Star writers such as Joceline and Sira Habibu who are not pro-DAP.
The point of the matter is also that as early as 12 Dec 2010 (see screenshot below) – and this is a good half year before I even started blogging – the MCA’s own people had already complained that Hannah Yeoh and Ong Kian Ming are “DAP SuperCyber Bully”.
The tweet below was by the Beliawanis treasurer saying “@ imokman @hannahyeoh = DAP SuperCyber Bully”.
Whose side is The Star on?
The “pathetic journalism” jibe above was directed by Hannah at Sira Habibu, a rare Star journalist who has been critical of the DAP.
“CAP president S.M. Mohd Idris was a lone voice then and the DAP cybertroopers went for him, calling him all kinds of names and telling him “mamak, shut up. None of the NGOs in the Penang Forum came to Idris’ defence or backed up his stand…”
You can say the same about Joceline Tan’s personal predicament:
“a lone voice then and the DAP cybertroopers went for her, calling her all kinds of names and telling her “*********, shut up”. None of the reporters in The Star came to Joceline’s defence or backed up her writings …”
I’ve created a blog – with a small readership of a few thousand – to fight back the DAP SuperCyber Bullies.
The Star, on the other hand, has deployed its 5.63 million audience reach to diligently promote the very same individuals who are clearly the very ones at the forefront of the attacks on Joceline Tan.
There is obviously something very wrong with The Star. BN must be wondering why the MCA has allowed its paper to behave like this. Therefore BN must be wondering is there anything up with the MCA?