Utusan is considered an Enemy of the State by the Pakatan administrations.
Menteri Besar Khalid Ibrahim had ordered an end to Utusan subscription, including the daily’s Sunday edition Mingguan Malaysia as well as other publications in the company stable. — see ‘Selangor cancels Utusan subscription‘ (The Star, 21 June 2008)
Three months after the Pakatan takeover of Selangor, the state government sent a circular to all its local authorities, district offices and agencies instructing them to cease subscribing to Utusan.
The Kelantan PAS-government banned Utusan from covering state functions as well as DUN sittings in June 2011.
In Penang, its Chief Minister’s numerous run-ins with Utusan are legendary.
The DAP-led Penang government bans Utusan from covering their functions. — see ‘Utusan Malaysia barred from covering Penang state assembly‘ (Bernama, 11 May 2011).
Guan Eng is reported as personally overseeing the ban on Utusan (see report here).
To date, Lim Guan Eng has won two lawsuits against the paper.
In addition to slander, Guan Eng also accuses Utusan of being “racist” and “villainous”. — see ‘Who is really the villain?‘ (Utusan editorial, 19 Dec 2009)
He also bars Utusan, along with the NST, from attending his press conferences. — see ‘Rescind ban, Penang govt told‘ (NST, 2 June 2012)
During the 11 months when Pakatan ruled Perak, the DAP-led administration had also barred Utusan from covering their state government functions.
In short, the Pakatan governments treat Utusan with great hostility because the paper is viewed by them as an extension of Umno.
Dapsters despise Utusan
Like their leadership, the Dapsters show a profound hatred for Utusan.
DAP election strategist Ong Kian Ming tweeted “1Msia for Utusan to print outrageous lies” (screenshot above).
The Star Editor agrees.
Twits promoted by The Star similarly have a negative view of Utusan. @amuse_gueule is a Twitter “personality” given publicity by The Star is one example. — see ‘The Star promoting anti-BN twits who mock Najib‘
What kind of twit is being promoted by The Star?
Yvonne Ho was featured in The Star on 22 Dec 2012. @smellykatemoss, her Twitter alter ego, has also been promoted before by The Star — most predictably.
From the screenshot below, you can see that @smellykatemoss is a heckler. Just like Hannah Yeoh is the uber heckler, who heckled Najib’s Parliament dissolution speech as “boring”.
Birds of a feather stick in The Star together. (Another screenshot shows Hannah retweeting Yvonne Ho @ smellykatemoss two days ago.)
Do note that Hannah Yeoh has taken a number of her tweets off the public domain, meaning they can no longer be read by the general public.
An increasing number of Hannah Yeoh’s tweets have been off limits to the public ever since monitoring efforts by bloggers (including me) have caught her blocking subscribers who disagree or criticize her.
There were also several occasions that Hannah deleted her tweets when she was caught unable to defend her position.
Star connection to the DAP SuperCyber Bullies
You can see the Star nexus in the tweets where my name is mentioned. @PhilipGolingai is a Star journalist as well as the paper’s weekly columnist.
@saroki19 (screenshot above) turns up 5 mentions in The Star.
As you can see below, the tweets — “I’ll have whatever Helen Ang is smoking please!” and “I don’t think she’s smoking anything. Sucking something perhaps” — were tweeted to The Star group chief editor Wong Chun Wai as well.
“15 percent minority”
I’m among the minority 15 percent of urban Chinese who are not supporting the opposition. These 15 percent non-DAP supporters are rare to be found in The Star.
My contention has been that The Star is using its 5.63 million audience reach to promote DAP 2.0 especially the party’s evangelista cult. Wong Chun Wai is an evangelist Christian — this fact is public knowledge.
The Star is allowing the Dapster cabal to amplify their voices through the Star Media Group whereas the MCA’s own people have not gotten a fair airing the last five years.
Going on a pro-MCA propaganda overdrive – as the paper is doing now – and only in the last five weeks running up to the polling day, is counter-productive.
DAP SuperCyber Bully nest in The Star
The MCA ladies have long been complaining about the “DAP SuperCyber Bullies”.
The tweet above calling Ong Kian Ming and Hannah Yeoh “DAP SuperCyber Bully” is by MCA Beliawanis treasurer Jessica Lai and dated 12 Dec 2010.
@imokman is Kian Ming, the DAP election strategist who is an active Christian in the public-speaking circuit.
Zero room for Beliawanis in The Star
A Google search on “Jessica Lai” over the Past Year in http://www.thestar.com.my yielded zero results (screenshot below).
A Google search in the MCA website found Jessica Lai to be a Federal Territory Beliawanis who has been appointed to the Wanita MCA central committee.
Media empire and political power
Penang’s decision to ban Utusan is defended by Lim Guan Eng on the excuse that the broadsheet was the Umno “party organ” masquerading as a newspaper.
The opposition see Utusan as an Umno personality. The question BN should be asking is what personality is The Star?
I’m confidently predicting that the MCA will lingkup in GE13. Which then begs the question: How can the owner of the country’s biggest media empire be the victim of the worst bad press?
Former Italian prime minister Silvio Berlusconi came to effectively control the Italian media and this in turn enabled him to gain and maintain political power, said an article published in the Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism.
In parallel, does it make sense to you that if The Star (with its self-proclaimed reach to 5.63 million adults) is really, truly preserving the interests of the MCA that the party will go the way of the dinosaur?
In the last election, a total 8.16 million Malaysians voted.
The Star is telling us that it reaches 5.63 million adults.
But MCA is not getting the Chinese or urban or middle-class or professional votes. The last segment of the electorate that might still vote MCA is only the rural Malays — the Utusan readers.