Yesterday, The Star once again promoted several of their usual favourite anti-BN Twitter “personalities” in connection with the paper’s story on the reaction in Twitterjaya to the dissolution of Parliament.
Above: NECF is the National Evangelical Christian Federation
The following social media “personalities” – who are as notorious as Haris Ibrahim for his ABU campaign – had poured the utmost scorn on Najib Razak. And The Star promoted them to millions of readers!
One of the twits promoted by The Star – see screenshot below (“saya pun dapat masuk news”) – goes by the handle @amuse_gueule aka ‘Pork Barrel Mushgul’.
Note: All the tweets screenshot for this posting are dated 3 April 2013
(I) What kind of twit does The Star promote?
For one, @amuse-gueule is a staunch Lim Kit Siang fan who tweeted that the DAP stalwart is “a legend“. (“He’s one of the best.”, “I will continue to want him in parliament.”) — see screenshots below.
Secondly, @amuse-gueule is a Mahathir-hater who believes that the ex-premier is behaving like he’s still the Prime Minister. (“And pls don’t compare Kit Siang to someone who has practically destroyed everything that meant something in this country”, she tweeted.)
Thirdly, she tweeted that the electoral system in 2008 was dirty.
Fourthly, she is aggressive and abusive in cyberspace.
You can read for yourself @amuse-gueule’s tweets (see screenshot below) to Farah Harith:
“Exactly, prune-face. Cows like you don’t deserve any kind decent attention. Now go whine elsewhere.”
@amuse-gueule was responding to Farah’s complaint that the former turned their Twitter exchange into “an insult-hurling personal attack fest”.
From @amuse-gueule’s Twitter timeline, it can be seen that Farah’s allegation is true.
In another tweet, @amuse-gueule called someone else a “chicken shit machai” who has pubic hair growing on his face and not between his legs. And in yet another tweet as well, @amuse-gueule labelled K. Kugan an “idiot” because the latter seemed [to her] to be a Dr M admirer (screenshot above).
The Star does indeed choose to promote a twit who hurls insults while making personal attacks.
Why does The Star elect to give positive publicity to someone who is such a poor role model?
The only reason I can think of is that it’s because @amuse-gueule is one of Hannah Yeoh’s online bff and part of the buddy-buddy network with the Jerusubang Star reporters. In other words, cronyism.
The second Twitter personality to be promoted in yesterday’s Star story is @bongkersz.
@bongkersz had tweeted the popular Pakatan slogan “Ini kali lah!’ (GE13 is the time for change). He also lent his support for a change in government.
The Star is promoting Twitter personalities who want to kick out the BN.
Note: All the tweets screenshot for this page are dated 3 April 2013
(II) What kind of twit does The Star promote?
One, @bongkersz tweeted that “BN is running this country to the ground” (see screenshots below) whereas an opposition would be a “long-term gain” despite the “short-term pain”.
@bongkersz also tweeted that “over here” (in Malaysia) the abuse of power by the state authorities is “encouraged”.
@bongkersz tweeted too that Najib had poured the poison of suspicion “straight after the announcement” of the dissolution Parliament.
Secondly, aside from helping to publicize the Global Witness sting operation in Sarawak, @bongkersz also took a dig at the Sarawak Chief Minister’s abundant assets.
@bongkersz also tweeted a whole series of mocking posters of the PM, themed: “You help me, I help you”, “Who dares to oppose me!?” etc.
BN are “idiots” and “dungu”
Just like @amuse_gueule who scolded a Mahathir admirer “idiot”, @bongkersz tweeted that the Twitter admin ‘@barisanasional’ who expressed a sentiment that voters have decided that “BN is the way to go” is someone who is “sungguhlah dungu”.
@bongkersz was the moderator who hosted Hannah Yeoh’s appearance on the Star‘s Twitter programme. The paper highlighting @bongkersz yesterday is another instance of their buddy-buddy network with DAP.
The Star repeatedly features the same set of DAP people on their pages – be it the DAP 2.0 Jerusubang politicians or their fan club.
These twits are clearly anti-BN. They call the pro-BN people “idiots” and “dungus”.
Why does The Star choose to again and again promote twits who verbally abuse BN supporters?
Why did not the paper instead highlight BN supporters in its article yesterday on social media users who are interested in politics? Why are BN supporters, not to mention Wanita MCA and Beliawanis, almost invisible in The Star?
The Star is an MCA-owned newspaper that persistently boosts the public profile of anti-BN twits and helping them gain more Twitter followers.
Previously, the paper had published a list of ICT-savvy politicians who use the social media. ALL the Twitter accounts listed by The Star in its article belonged to Pakatan politicians without even a single name from the BN side.
The third Twitter personality to be featured in the Star article yesterday is Justin TWJ.
See screenshot below on the Star digital page — “you’re in the news bro”.
(III) What kind of twit does The Star promote?
The Star chose to put @TypicalMsian – see profile above – in its news article yesterday about the online buzz following the long-awaited announcement that elections will be called.
This Twitter “personality” that The Star chose to promote is very rude to the Prime Minister.
@TypicalMsian had tweeted yesterday:
“@NajibRazak I’m coming for you! And you can start changing your bio…”
What this twit means is that Najib Razak is expected to lose the election and would soon no longer be able to describe himself in his biodata as the Prime Minister of Malaysia.
It is kurang ajar for a Dapster to tweet to the PM “I’m coming for you!” — That’s typically cybertrooper language when they try to bully the writers who dare criticize their DAP icons.
Why is The Star promoting Dapsterism in its pages?!
This is not the first time. The MCA-owned paper has been consistently doing this over the last five years, aside from fostering the DAP 2.0 evangelista personality cult.
How else do you reckon that the DAP today can manage to gain 85 percent support from the Chinese community? Surely The Rocket doesn’t have a reach to 5.63 million readers.
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