Bear in mind that the MCA has direct control over The Star. Former MCA Minister Tan Sri Fong Chan Onn is the Star Media Group chairman.
See photo below: Dr Chua is standing beside Star Media Group chief editor Wong Chun Wai, Star senior managers and Star deputy chairman Datuk Vincent Lee (the one who revealed that the “combined Star Media Group, which included its four radio stations, reached over 5.63 million adults” (see report in MCA website, here).
Yesterday’s report (screenshot above) informs us that The Star is disbursing RM20 million to some lucky applicants. To ‘whom’ exactly, pray tell? The report was not forthcoming with the details.
The Star owns four radio stations – Red fm, 988, Suria fm and Capital fm – broadcasting in Mandarin, Malay and English.
Not too long ago, The Star acquired a majority stake in the Red Tomato, a Chinese weekly publication.
The Star digital version comprises the Star Online, and also its e-paper complimentary for its print subscribers, in addition to Star iPad on the tablet and over 20 Internet portals — The Daily Chilli, mStar, Kuali, Star Property, etc.
The Star has a television channel available over Astro as well as its online television SwitchUp.tv and iSnap, which is an application that is interactive with articles and advertisements (see chart below).
The Star’s youth section R.AGE recently won three gold medal Marketing Excellence awards and boasts “a strong online community of young followers through its engaging use of web and social media”.
These legions of young followers of The Star will, without a shadow of a doubt cast, their vote for the opposition. See my yesterday’s posting.
The Star Metro – headed by Frederick Fernandez and before him by Brian Martin — is the pullout which had once featured Hannah Yeoh and her Jerusubangites almost daily. The Metro Central alone section claims a readership of one million over the period of July 2010 to June 2011.
The Star is a media business empire that keeps expanding and expanding.
Please note that Dr Chua said The Star gave MCA “a dividend” of RM60 million per annum (referring to 2008 figure, thus the amount is likely much bigger today). The conglomerate’s profits are many, many times more since RM60 million is only the dividend.
Don’t you think it’s plenty funny?
The MCA is owner of this gargantuan media empire that stretches its tentacles across every medium there is (print, online, broadcast, social media) and in the three major languages.
Hence it utterly defies common sense as to how the owner of the country’s biggest media conglomerate can be suffering from the worst bad press as a political party. Something really stinks to high heaven in this remarkably strange set-up where the MCA’s (undeserved) sordid reputation is a terrible drag on the BN electoral chances in the upcoming GE13 do-or-die battle.
Not only is the so-called media machinery belonging to the MCA not actively helping the BN election efforts, it is instead undermining the BN campaign in the most subtle ways.
Furthermore, The Star is clearly an enabler of the DAP SuperCyber Bully network that badmouths the ruling party and its supporters.
Who is Dr Chua kidding?
See ‘Chua: Teach DAP a lesson‘ (The Star, 14 Jan 2013). But it is really the MCA that needs to be taught a lesson.
The article, written by a Star news editor no less, reads as below (excerpts):
(1) “IPOH: It’s time for the Chinese to teach DAP a lesson for instigating the community to fight against each other, said Datuk Seri Dr Chua Soi Lek.”
No, it is the 90 percent Chinese supporters of the opposition who want to Seek and Destroy the 10 percent Chinese who are inclined to the establishment.
(2) The MCA president complained that “DAP managed to convince the Chinese that they had no choice but to support the Opposition”.
And the MCA-owned paper did its part in dutifully helping to convince the said Chinese.
(3) “In Kedah and Kelantan, Dr Chua said DAP had been keeping mum over the issue of non-Muslims having Islamic laws imposed on them, from those concerning food, attire, music and business to social activities.”
The Star made no discernible impact in publicizing those issues either.
(4) Dr Chua complained that “DAP would brush aside the issue, dismissing them as petty and an ‘old tune’ by the MCA”.
Quite correct. That is certainly the impression that anyone would get from reading The Star.
(5) “Is it a small matter having our rights and freedom as non-Muslims eroded gradually?” he asked.
Has the MCA-owned newspaper ever tried to convince the Chinese electorate otherwise?
(6) “Dr Chua said DAP owed the Chinese an answer to all these negative developments as it had convinced them to support the Opposition.”
It is the MCA that owes BN supporters an answer on how the disease has reached this terminal stage whereby 90 percent of the Chinese community are pro-DAP. (One obvious reason is that the MCA-owned newspaper has successfully persuaded the Chinese that the opposition is the better deal.)
(7) “Dr Chua urged MCA members to explain to [the public] the rationale in supporting Barisan Nasional.”
Nobody reading The Star can grasp much rationale left for continuing to back the BN.
If they could, the BN would not have already lost 90 percent of the Chinese voters, a substantial percentage of young voters and most of the Indian, English-speaking professional and middle class — whom account for The Star’s 5.63 million-strong audience.
Everyone fed up of MCA double dealers
The MCA is wholly complicit and culpable in its massive loss of support over the last five years. Not only has MCA hemorrhaged its own political arteries, it has bled the BN of young and urban support.
Given that the MCA, through its Scissors in the Fold, has been continuously backstabbing the coalition, it’s really too rich for Dr Chua to call for DAP to be taught a lesson.
I’m certain that it is the MCA that will be taught a costly lesson in the coming election by Malay and Indian pro-establishment voters.