They were all out to kill the BN and then they ask the victors to be “magnanimous”?
The Star Group Editor Wong Chun Wai penned the following piece of remarkable advice – ‘GE13: Don’t ignore the Chinese voice’ – in his column on May 7, the day after the election results were known.
Chun Wai wrote in the said column:
“To many Pakatan supporters, there was disbelief, even shock, as the news began to trickle in that the predominantly Malay voters would remain faithful to the Barisan.”
Well if the Dapsters were in “shock” and “disbelief” on May 5 that Malay voters stuck loyally to the BN, then one has to first ask: Do they read The Star?
If the answer is ‘Yes’ (well, the Star Media Group’s audience of 5.63 million must come from somewhere, correct?), then the second question to ask is why readers/consumers of the Star media products and contents are not grounded in reality. The reality being, of course, that there was a Malay swingback to Umno.
Since Chun Wai declares that the Dapsters found it hard to fathom why BN still retained enough support to keep the coalition in power, then the third question to follow is: What has The Star been feeding its readers?
I mean we’re talking here a huge bunch of bananas so detached from the ground that they were quite unable to anticipate the BN’s ability to maintain its rural vote bank.
Then we have this gem of an assertion from Chun Wai:
“For the Chinese urban voters, who had thrown in their lot with Pakatan, they were sure that this would be the election where they would punish Umno and topple the Barisan government.”
We should seriously – yes, most seriously – ponder on what he has written.
He said the over-confident Chinese urban electorate were certain that they would be able:
(1) “to punish Umno and”
(2) “to topple the Barisan government”
Hey, this is the Star Group Editor, Datuk Seri-Datuk-Datuk – he has three titles or maybe even more under his belt – earning more than two million ringgit director’s fee as executive Star board member who said the above. (Not me yeah, whom he demonized as a “pro-Barisan blogger“).
To repeat, Wong Chun Wai acknowledged that Chinese urban voters i.e. his church friends, his gated community neighbours, the denizens of Menara Star Phileo Damansara, his favourite staff, were quite sure that they could pull off the toppling of the BN government while punishing Umno at the same time.
However, if the Malays backlash, they’re being “racists” for suggesting a boycott in retaliation. And they’re advised to embrace “national reconciliation” instead.
Talking about these same Chinese urban voters, Chun Wai described them as having “travelled back from overseas, campaigned emotionally and turned up by the thousands at ceramah to be part of what they regarded as the defining moment to end Barisan’s grip on power. To them, this was it. Ini Kali lah!”
So returning from abroad is not part of the Chinese tsunami?
Campaigning emotionally did not help the Chinese tsunami to happen?
Turning up by the thousands at ceramah does not have any effect on how the masses would vote on May 5?
And how about the bit where Chun Wai said the urban Chinese voters were “part of what they regarded as the defining moment to end Barisan’s grip on power”? What kind of action would be able to effectively sweep BN from the centre of power? Not Chinese tsunami meh?
Wong Chun Wai reveals himself through his next paragraph where he said:
“But politics in Malaysia can be complicated unless one is familiar with its geography. Political awareness with no understanding of the political terrain in Sabah, Sarawak and the heartland would give one only a superficial view of the nation.”
In other words, he’s implying the Dapster credo that if not for the dungus in Sabah and Sarawak who delivered 22 and 25 Parliament seats respectively to the BN, and the orang kampung, then the ruling coalition would indeed be swept out of Putrajaya.
Counting the peninsula alone, BN has 86 seats while Pakatan collected 80 seats. (If BN had three seats less, both sides would be deadlocked at 83-83).
Granted, the opposition does possess more popular votes per head because Borneo is more sparsely populated.
And then here comes the muka tebal setebal-tebalnya volte face from Wong Chun Wai after all the Jerusubang promotion undertaken by his media empire. He wrote:
“The Prime Minister has to deal with a delicate situation of heeding the sentiments of his supporters who stood solidly by him, while at the same time, be magnanimous and inclusive to look after the interest of all Malaysians, including the Chinese.”
The Jerusubang Star which has for the past six years been cultivating Red Beans as an industrial crop now tells the PM to be “MAGNANIMOUS”.
And to be “INCLUSIVE”. Or as Chun Wai’s article title exhorts, “Don’t ignore the Chinese voice”.
Yeah, don’t ignore the ABU! ABU! ABU! voice that has been spreading fitnah everywhere, slandering the establishment and screaming “raciiiist!”, “beeeegot!’
For good measure, Chun Wai piles on the following Badawism:
“He [Najib] is not the Prime Minister of just the Malays and bumiputras from Sabah and Sarawak but all Malaysians. While the majority of Chinese voted for Pakatan, it must be remembered that a large number of Chinese also backed him.”
Oh, really? “A large numbers of Chinese backed him”, izzit? Where? How?
Translated into votes?
After all, it is Chun Wai himself who told the anecdote that when Najib greeted the crowd at the Psy concert during Chinese New Year in Penang by uttering a few phrases in Mandarin, the Dapsters retorted why did he not use Hokkien, the popular dialect in the island.
The true colours of The Jerusubang Star is slowly becoming plainer for BN supporters to see — ‘Chua Soi Lek denies MCA asset-stripping allegation’.
My thanks to fellow bloggers Bigcat, Annie and Freddie for their helping posts. I hope more readers will help raise public awareness about The Scissors surreptitiously shredding the fabric from which our Constitution was sewn.