In 2010, The Star paid a dividend of RM126 million to the MCA. How nice … urm, I mean “Wow! Terribly impressed”.
Eh, The Star group editor Datuk Seri Wong Chun Wai got no thoughts to upgrade his wheels, meh?
Dr Chua: “MCA is a rich party”
The Star is pushing a lot of copies in Jerusubang and selling even more lucrative advertisements to marketers targetting the Jerusubang purchasing power.
It’s always glad tidings when we hear that a business is profitable and doing so well. Pity the take-up for MCA is nowhere near comparable though.
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Shakespeare’s The Merchant of Venice
The Jewish moneylender Shylock just couldn’t decide between his daughter and his ducats:
“I never heard a passion so confused,
So strange, outrageous, and so variable,
As the dog Jew did utter in the streets,
‘My daughter! O my ducats! O my daughter!
Fled with a Christian! O my Christian ducats!
Justice! the law! my ducats, and my daughter!”
ACT II, Scene 8
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BN’s biggest Chinese component is defending 14 Parliament seats this general election. In the last GE in 2008, nine of the Parliament seats held by the MCA were in Malay majority areas.
The remaining five out of the 14 MCA wards which are not Malay majority have a high percentage of Indian voters. It’s quite evident that the MCA relies heavily on the Malay and Indian electorate as its lifeline (see table below).
MCA’s only Chinese majority seats are Kampar (Perak), Bentong (Pahang), Labis, Kluang and Kulai (all in Johor).
They will be defended respectively by caretaker Deputy Home Minister Lee Chee Leong, MCA deputy president Liow Tiong Lai, MCA Young Professionals bureau chief Chua Tee Yong, caretaker Deputy Higher Education Minister Hou Kok Chung and Tay Chin Hein.
Observe The Star headlines (screenshots below):
Note that with regard to the Kulai story, The Star had put DAP candidate Teo Nie Ching’s name prominently in its headline even though the seat is the MCA’s whereas DAP is only the challenger.
The name of the MCA candidate in Kulai is Tay Chin Hein. The name “Tay Chin Hein” has never been featured before in any headline in the MCA-owned newspaper, according to Google search (see screenshot below).
Another Star headline, as you can see for yourself above, screamed that the DAP is counting to “knock out” the MCA deputy minister Lee Chee Leong in his Kampar seat. There is a photo of the DAP challenger on the Star page. There is no photo of the MCA incumbent.
Just the other day too The Star displayed a huge photograph of Hannah Yeoh while at the same time, there was no photo at all of the MCA candidate in Subang Jaya.
The paper repeats the same stunt with the Kulai story. There is a photo of Teo Nie Ching while we’re left clueless as to what the MCA candidate “Tay Chin Hein” looks like.
Chua Soi Lek punya maruah, wor
Among those five constituencies, Labis is the MCA blue ribbon seat because it lies in Johor and was previously occupied by party presidents Dr Chua Soi Lek and Dr Ling Liong Sik.
In the last general election, Indians comprised 15.5 percent of the voters in Labis. For this round, the DAP has put up in Labis an Indian candidate — its former Selangor senator, S. Ramakrishnan. Insofar as appealing to race loyalties go, DAP looks to have employed a good strategy.
There is a good chance that all five of MCA’s Chinese majority Parliament seats nationwide will fall to the DAP.
Boleh menang ke?
Is Tee Yong really on a song in Labis, as Wong Chun Wai claims?
MCA is the second biggest component party in the BN with a self-proclaimed membership of one million.
Yet the party is now reduced to this floundering underdog. How has it reached a stage where the national pastime of the Chinese – many of whom are readers of The Star – is to mock the MCA, vilify its representatives and pour scorn on the BN in general?
What kool-aid is The Star giving the party president’s son to drink by declaring that “Labis looks like a win for Barisan”, especially when the paper is busy promoting the chief rival DAP 3.0? Compare with The Star‘s other truthful moments (“knock out” MCA) that are screen captured above.
MCA would have stood a better chance in Labis had The Star played its part throughout the last five years to provide the party and the coalition it belongs to a fairer hearing.
The Star promoting DAP SuperCyber Bully
Unlike Ong Kian Ming – interviewed by The Star‘s SwitchUp.tv (see ‘Strategist: Pakatan stands good chance in Johor’) – Chua Jr is not exactly The Star‘s favourite person.
Neither are the political scientists from the dozen odd public universities whom The Star does not seek out for interviews. From its track record, The Star clearly prefers to interview (and multiple times at that) DAP evangelista Ong Kian Ming who teaches/taught in a private university-college.
Star didn’t lift a finger to help
The Star has hundreds of editors and thousands of reporters, and thick Business and Property sections daily.
Yet when Chua Tee Yong was tackling Talamgate, the MCA-owned newspaper didn’t draw on their professional expertise to produce op-eds and write-ups to buffer his case. Chua Jr, all the way from Johor, was left to battle the Selangor state government alone.
Read HERE how Chua Tee Yong’s 1Malaysia celebration function was completely ignored by The Star which instead gave a coverage of two separate articles to Hannah Yeoh over the very same weekend for the same occasion (Lantern Festival).
Also read, ‘The Star tikam belakang anak Chua Soi Lek‘.