Malaysia Today published an article titled ‘Stop the Buku Jingga lie‘ by Hindraf’s P. Waytha Moorthy yesterday.
A reader calling himself ‘Nobody gives a damn even if you die’ commenting in M2Day called the hunger strike by Waytha a “failed publicity stunt”.
The reader might be correct because the “stunt” – into its 12th day today – had indeed failed to get any publicity at all in The Star.
I’m not surprised actually that the MCA-owned paper is totally disinterested in Indian poverty issues that Waytha’s hunger strike is supposed to highlight. Probably takes after its owner MCA. Or then again, it could be taking after its spiritual host DAP 2.0.
The most common reaction by the Bangsar Malaysians to the issues raised by Hindraf is to say that it is not only Indians who are poor.
These Firsters will say that there are poor Malays, poor Chinese, poor orang Asli, poor people in Sabah and Sarawak.
Like the Facebooker typical response – screenshot below – in the same article in FMT.
The well-‘liked’ comment reads:
“Lets fight for all malysians equally. Not race based. There are poor people of all races who need help. Lets fight to uplift all malaysian no matter who they are please.”
As to be expected of a Bangsar Malaysia comment, it is allergic to ‘race’, decrying: “Not race based. There are poor people of all races who need help.”
It appears to me that the paper most popularly read in Jerusubang is more interested in a children’s art competition held in a Subang Jaya shopping mall than it is in 44,643 “MALAYSIAN” families who live below the poverty line. — see ‘What song do The Scissorettes sing every morning?‘
So the “poor people of all races who need help” get less attention in The Star – whose media group has an audience reach of 5.63 million – than a Jerusubang social function featuring Our Lady of Subang.
And Waythamoorthy whose movement claims to be the ‘Voice for the Voiceless’ gets no attention in the paper at all for his hunger strike.
Therefore, isn’t the Hindraf tagline that their constituency is “voiceless” proving to be quite true?