There is a big silent majority out there. And there is a noisy Bangsar minority who are loudly heard in the usual watering holes as well as in The Star.
The MCA-owned newspaper has been assiduously promoting “colour blindness” among its readers ever since the tsunami (see screenshot below).
Star promoting DAP line
The runner-up in the Star-English public speaking competition two years ago was Ong Kar Jin (see photo right). Reporting on the contest that it organized, the paper said that Kar Jin’s speech “shed light on why we are ‘indoctrined’ to be racist”.
In his speech, the college student had said: “The only way to overcome racism is to erase it from our hearts and minds, to finally become colour blind.”
Among the panel of judges for the above Star speech-making contest was Kee Thuan Chye, whose book ‘No more bullshit’ was launched by Lim Guan Eng (photo below) in April last year.
The Penang chief minister also launched Kee’s sequel ‘Ask for no bullshit, get some more!’ last month (second photo below).
The Star encouraging DAP Firsters
Ask: Where is The Star situated ideologically? In its previous Merdeka Day special, the paper gave a prominent airing to Hannah Yeoh’s ‘Look past race‘ mantra.’
Puteri Umno, Beliawanis MCA and Puteri MIC are nowhere to be seen in the paper’s pages, its ownership by the MCA notwithstanding.
The Star gave a prize to budding ideologue Ong Kar Jin two years ago for his speech on how Malaysians are indoctrinated to become racists.
Today Kar Jin has an article out in Loyar Burok — the website of a political grouping that declares itself to be “non-partisan“.
In an article titled ‘Moving Past the Issue of Race‘ (Loyar Burok, 17 April 2013), Ong Kar Jin – who won The Star public speaking 2011 prize – wrote what sounds like paragraphs straight out from the DAP handbook:
“Race-based political parties like Umno, MCA and MIC survive because of simple economics: where there is a demand, there will be a supply. These parties are both the cause and effect of our divisions: they are borne out of our own tendencies to divide ourselves and exploit them by emphasizing how we are different.
“Race based parties imply that only Chinese can help Chinese best, only Malays will properly serve the interests of Malays, ad infinitum. By being explicitly race-based parties, they state they are their race first and Malaysian second. Insert quotes/ policies here. The result has been a vicious cycle of spiraling communalism, of fear mongering and hate-inciting.”
Ong Kar Jin, The Star prize winner, holds the race politics of MCA and Umno responsible for “fear mongering and hate-inciting”.
This sort of canard about the BN is not challenged by The Star. Instead views like those spouted by Kar Jin are the views that are fostered in The Star and endlessly featured in its pages.
The Star allows the DAP SuperCyber Bully network nesting in its bosom to propagate this line of thought to its 5.63 million-strong audience.
Ong Kar Jin further opined in his article, “For perhaps the first time in the history of the nation, Malaysians have a viable alternative to race-based politics in Pakatan Rakyat”.
He believes that DAP is at heart a party based on ideology and not race, adding “In the past 4 years, we have seen a trend towards genuine multiracialism in these parties. DAP has Dr Ariffin Omar as vice chairman and Zairil Khir Johari as Asst. National Publicity Secretary”.
The Star milieu is the milieu of the Ong Kar Jins. That’s why the Ong Kar Jin-type of voices are so loud. They are amplified to reach millions of readers and listeners through the various non-Malay media which the Bangsar cabal controls.
And they are the young generation, first-time voters who number more than 3 million. It is the MCA’s own media machinery which has sharpened the knife that will deal the Chinese party its killer blow in its back in the coming election.
I have no doubt how the young Chinese, even those in Johor, will vote. I’m only wondering about the young Malay vote which has been comparatively silent.