In The Star today, ‘MCA not selling assets, says Chua‘.
KUALA LUMPUR: MCA has denied all allegations that the party is selling off its assets.
“All assets are under the MCA headquarters and any decision regarding them (the assets) has to have the support of at least two-thirds of the party’s central committee members.
“The CC (central committee) can also ask for an extraordinary general meeting to decide,” said MCA president Datuk Seri Dr Chua Soi Lek. .
He added that the party would sue those who continued to spread rumours about the party’s assets.”
Dr Chua appears to be alluding to Raja Petra Kamarudin’s disturbing article titled ‘The rats leaving the sinking ship‘ (Malaysia Today, 20 May 2013).
PIE CHART BELOW: The Star readership demography below (mostly urban, 25 percent Malay).
A quarter of The Star readership is Malay
The MCA’s prize asset is of course the multi-billion ringgit Star Media Group cash cow.
In GE13, the party lost 8 Parliament seats (from 15 in 2008 down to 7 in 2013) that it previously held. The loss of these of Parliamentary constituencies means the MCA is today minus the influence of 8 Members of Parliament.
Therefore we can say that the MCA has lost an amount of influence commensurate to the influence that could have been wielded by its 8 representatives in Parliament. Now how much influence do you figure 8 MPs to hold collectively?
However, the MCA does possess something more influential than a batch of 8 lost MPs.
And that is its multi-media empire with the thousands of print, broadcast and online reporters, hundreds of editors, deejays in the Star radio stations, magazine and other various publications, and their combined reach to an audience of 5.63 million adults.
That’s the influence of the Star conglomerate. The Star should not be shy in taking some credit for the Urban Tsunami that the DAP has been talking up.
Mind-moulding the young Malays
Do not forget that a quarter of The Star readers are Malay.
GE14 will be determined by the urban Malay fence-sitter vote. The DAP has denied that a Chinese Tsunami ever happened. Instead the DAP has insisted that it was the swing by the urban electorate that caused the BN to lose the popular vote.
With more concentrated cucuk-cucuk and tikam belakang from The Star over the next 5 years, the Malay urban vote may swing even more in 2018. If Umno is to be eliminated, the Chinese will need the cooperation of the Malay masses to carry out the kill.
A reader of this blog Alwie Abdullah‘s observation bahawa beliau “melihat di pejabat-pejabat kerajaan yang staffnya majoriti Melayu, akhbar The Star yang paling banyak dikepit di bawah ketiak dan dibawa sama waktu sarapan” must always be kept in mind.
Also bear in mind that Malaysia has a young population and these impressionable Gen Y , Gen Z minds (someone who is in Form Four today will be eligible to vote in the next general election) can well be persuaded by the City Harvest Church-style trendy approach that The Star is adept at peddling.
And we already know where The Jerusubang Star‘s loyalty lies, don’t we?
Backroom maneuverings in Star boardroom
The MCA currently has a direct 42 percent stake in the Star.
According to industry talk, Dr Chua Soi Lek had supported a proposed management buyout of Star Publications before the general election. (An MBO coup had once before been successfully executed on the NSTP in the 1990s.)
At times grudgingly complying with orders from the top (its political masters) and at other times subtly sabotaging BN, gergaji dua mata The Star has been adroitly playing both sides. But it is only for so long that the paper can keep up its schizophrenic bipolarity.
After raking in the abundant profits through its balancing act of appealing to Jerusubang as well as appeasing its undeserved reputation as an MCA mouthpiece, the chickens have come home to roost for The Star.
Boycott of The Star
The too cleaver-by-half (pun intended) Gunting dalam Lipatan was recently the target of a boycott initiated by Bersih, alongside the other usual suspects mainstream newspapers Utusan, Berita Harian and the NST.
There is also an online signature campaign to protest the hudud paid-advertisements placed by the MCA in their Scissors during GE13 and earning incestuous profits for the ad firms linked to the Star deputy chairman.
On the other side of the political divide, The Star has been included in the list of Chinese-owned companies whose products are being boycotted by Malays in their Buy Chinese Last (BCL) or better yet don’t-buy-Chinese-at-all campaign.
P. Gunasegaram reported yesterday in Malaysiakini‘s Kinibiz that revenue earned by The Star for the year had declined slightly from RM819.2 million to RM791.3 million, and pre-tax profits made by Star Publications for the year ended Dec 31, 2012 amounted to RM259.6 million.
Let’s look at Guna’s quote more closely: “The Star is owned by the MCA / run by the MIC / for the benefit of the DAP”.
Brian Martin – Executive Editor
Associate Editor – Davin Arul
Dorairaj Nadason – Deputy Executive Editor
T. Selva – Chief News Editor
Devid Rajah – Senior News Editor
Ann Marie Chandy – Editor, Features
Manogaran Rethinam – Editor, Sports
Risen Jaya Seelan Dennis – Business Editor (News)
Frederick Fernandez – Editor, Metro
Joseph Raj – Editor, Star Online
Wong Chun Wai – Group Chief Editor ( EVANGELISTA HEAD HONCHO )
Wong Siah Pin – Chief Operating Officer
David PL Yeoh – Deputy Group Chief Editor (I)
Leanne L Y Goh – Deputy Group Chief Editor (II)
June H L Wong – Managing Editor
Wong Sai Wan – Executive Editor
Errol Oh Boon Peng – Executive Editor
Tommy Lee – Executive Editor
Soo Ewe Jin – Deputy Executive Editor
Agatha Matayun – Editor Sunday
Paul Yeo – Senior Editor, Health
Tan Cheng Li – Editor, Environment
William K C Kee – Editor, Fashion
Ivy Soon – Editor, Women & Family
Melody Louisa Goh – Deputy Editor, Features Central
Chelsea Ng – Editor, Education
And the only Malay “acting” editor from the list of the 26 top positions in The Star.
Dzireena Mahadzir – Acting Editor, Clove
@imokman is DOCTOR (PhD) Ong Kian Ming, the DAP election strategist
The Star AGM today
Kinibiz‘s P. Gunasegaram said to expect “fireworks” at the Star annual general meeting to be held today.
While the behaviour of the MCA-owned and controlled newspaper may appear to be erratic in the eyes of the general public, there is a surely “method to the madness” — to borrow a famous saying from William Shakespeare’s Hamlet.
TWEET ABOVE: The Star editors cheerleading @imokman (DOCTOR-PhD Ong Kian Ming) who thereafter won the Serdang Parliament seat on the DAP ticket
What cannot be denied is that The Star is not averse to doing hatchet jobs. It did one on Tony Pua after their ignominious falling out on the eve of polling day. Read ‘Finally, The Star admits giving DAP evangelistas the VIP treatment’.
“We regret that he [Tony Pua] has not been thankful to what The Star has done for him,” a spokesman for the newspaper lamented on 2 May 2013.
Never in their long honeymoon with the DAP evangelistas had The Star ever published such an unflattering photo of Tony as it did on May 2 (reproduced below).
Evangelistas in The Star
And it was only following the tiff with the DAP over DAP’s rebuttal to the MCA hudud ads in the paper during GE13 that The Star was finally willing to frontpage a story on the DAP “Red Bean Army” — 48 hours before the country went to the polls — despite the paper’s own implied admission that it was aware the cybertroopers had already been operating for six years.
For six long years, The Star was willing to close one eye to the operations of the opposition cyber hit squads who spread slander, terror and carry out drive-by cyber shootings (character assassination).
For six long years, The Star carried out its almost daily promotion of Jerusubang.
TWEET ABOVE: Ong Kian Ming puts down Chua Tee Yong as acting “really classless”. Ong Kian Ming, together with Hannah Yeoh, is The Star‘s favourite evangelista couple (Alvin and Vivian come second, evangelista or not).
You really don’t know where the Red Bean Army ends and where the Star red cadres begin.
But you can be sure The Star jolly well knows where lie the sympathies of the majority of its staff. Menara Star-Phileo Damansara (not too far from DUMC) is a nest of DAP sympathizers.
Now with the wipe-out of the MCA, the big question mark is The Star showing its true colours. For sure, it ain’t dark blue.
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HARAP BOLEH TOLONG
Dear readers and fellow bloggers,
Please help to dissemminate this story.
The more people there are talking about these developments, the more difficult it will be for ‘them’ to Shoot the Messenger by targetting any single individual who is doing the expose on The Star.
There is a smear campaign being carried out against critics of the Jerusubang Star-DAP nexus with malicious lies being spread (by I’d presume those trying to cover their exposed arses.)
Remember that The Star is very, very rich (worth billions);
Its directors including Wong Chun Wai are paid millions of ringgit each per annum in directors fees so they’ve got a lot at stake, the Star Media Group has got a lot of resources, a lot of writing staff and even some covert operations in cyberspace such as its links to the MCA-friendly political blogs and websites.
Look at the photo they published of Tony Pua after their sudden fall-out — compared to the handsome photos of him that they used when they were still kam cheng — to get an idea of what kind of people are running The Star.