The breaking news is that the “dragnet” on several Pakatan leaders is tantamount to an Ops Lallang-type “crackdown”.
Among those trying to exorcise the BN is pro-Pakatan mullah Bishop Paul Tan. He talks about the “forces of darkness” in relation to the arrest of a handful of Pakatan people to investigate the charge of sedition.
When he talks about “evil”, Bishop Paul is referring to the authorities and not the police detainees.
Below is the Malaysiakini coverage of the story. Note that they deliberately chose a photo showing two women wearing tudung (standing in the foreground of a candlelight vigil) to illustrate their Bishop Paul story.
No hidden agenda, meh?
Now let’s look at the agenda of the mainstream media pula.
Below is the front page of The Star today.
The Star photo is captioned “Peaceful gathering: A DAP Thanksgiving rally in Petaling Jaya”.
Update: Commenter ‘Sang Kancil’ has pointed out the use of the black border on the Star front page similar to its report on the 1987 ISA crackdown. I believe he’s right. It’s rare that the paper uses a black background. (5.20pm)
Update 2: And the panel beneath the black picture is in Bersih yellow!
The Star chooses to highlight on its cover a “Thanksgiving” gathering, and juxtaposes the “peaceful” DAP supporters with a red-and-white banner headline screaming ‘Cops get tough’.
Are we to say that The Jerusubang Star is all innocent (erm, Malaysiakini‘s editorial decision to use their photo of the tudung-ed women)? That there is no secret agenda behind the MCA paper’s front page-design today?
The venue of the DAP Thanksgiving rally is Padang Timur near Amcorp Mall. The Star Online story on its inside page also has a photo of Lim Kit Siang addressing the DAP rally. He is wearing black.
As we’re aware, a series of # Black 505 rallies have been organized nationwide to protest alleged fraud in our recently concluded general election.
There is another one planned for tomorrow evening. And the venue? Why it’s Padang Timur near Amcorp Mall too. Same location as the DAP Thanksgiving rally yesterday and publicised on the Star front page today. What a coincidence!
The social media network
There is a hive of activity in Facebook, Twitter, chain mail and the other forms of digital communication. However, we’re not in the loop as the messages are only accessible by their followers. It is not open to the public, just like how some of Hannah Yeoh’s tweets are no longer published in the public domain.
To get an idea of what goes on beneath the iceberg (we only see its tip), we can refer Haris Ibrahim’s blog.
Haris’s posting updating readers about his arrest on 23 May 2013 has attracted 32 comments thus far. These comments we can read.
Nonetheless the same Haris posting has also been linked on more than 1,000 Facebook entries. What the Pakatan supporters are saying in their social media discussions we don’t know.
What we do know is that DAP owns the social media in Malaysia.
What kind of people are they?
The DAP SuperCyber Bullies control Facebook.
Facebookers said there was a blackout in Bentong during the GE13 ballot counting. Lie.
They created the rumour that Dr Mahathir had flown out of the country prior to May 5 to escape a potential Pakatan win. Lie.
They claimed they’re colour blind. Lie. (They racially profiled fellow citizens and harassed at the polling stations those whose looks don’t conform to their idea of ‘Malaysian Malaysia’.)
They’re a people with a bottomless capacity to slander.
If someone were to sit down and make a list of all the outrageous fabrication they had spread over the social media, portals and in blogosphere during the election campaign, we would see clearly what kind of people they are.
And in order to fuel the suspicion and fan the perpetual hysteria among the opposition supporters, they keep sharing, resending and retweeting lies.
Cakap tak serupa bikin
The Firsters are adroit at dripping sugar-coated words.
But the facts indicate an altogether different thing.
Their media vehicle The Star is presently on overdrive touting Malaysian ‘inclusion’.
But the ballot box, which speaks more accurately and truly, has instead revealed the contrary.
Let’s examine what these people actually DO as opposed to what they constantly SAY (yang hanya untuk menyedapkan telinga).
Did the Chinese members of the MCA/Gerakan/BN component parties themselves give their vote to the BN?
Vox populi: Figures don’t lie
Any which way you do the math, one still arrives at a figure of around 10 percent Chinese support for BN in the Chinese-majority urban areas (see footnote for calculations).
Imagine that in five constituencies together totalling 331,385 registered voters – of whom 273,640 came out to vote on May 5 (average 82.3% voter turnout) – only an estimated 26,178 of the Chinese among them cast their votes for the BN.
Where were the MCA’s touted one million members? Don’t they live in KL (Cheras, Kepong, Seputeh) or in the heart of Penang island (Tanjong)?
If the MCA and Gerakan members had themselves really voted for their own parties or for the BN, then how come the votes from the Chinese were so meagre? It’s impossible to deny the election outcome that saw MCA and Gerakan wiped out.
If we consider that the ballot box is the voice of the people, then the Chinese community have spoken loud and clear in GE13.
And here’s what Wong Chun Wai said
On 8 May 2013, the group Star editor penned a column headlined ‘GE13: Win them over, don’t blame them’.
Wong Chun Wai wrote:
“There may have been some accusations of fraud but on the whole, the election results have been well accepted. The DAP has declared it is happy with its huge gains and PAS has said the same despite losing Kedah.
“The only exception is PKR’s Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim who had this grand delusion of being Prime Minister. Bitter that his ambition is gone, he still cannot move on, and is on a campaign to instigate his supporters with claims of fraud.”
It looks like while Chun Wai has laid the blame at Anwar’s door for the continued agitation against the GE13 results, he has exonerated the DAP.
Chun Wai claims that unlike the PKR, the DAP is happy enough with the results. If that is so, then why are the #
Black 505 rallies being largely attended by Chinese?
In his May 8 article, Chun Wai reiterated his stance that the Chinese should not be blamed. A day earlier on May 7, he had written ‘GE13: Don’t ignore the Chinese voice‘.
Chun Wai reminded the BN on May 8:
“Yes, the fact is that 90% of the Chinese votes went to Pakatan, or more precisely the DAP. Foolish as it may seem, many of these voters believed they could change the Barisan government. They wanted to punish Umno but ended up punishing the Chinese-based component parties instead.”
“It is more important now for the political parties to be honest with their self-assessment and review their campaign strategies to win back those who voted against them this time.”
His call for “the political parties to be honest with their self-assessment” deserves applause.
He also seems to think that the BN can win back the Chinese votes that they lost this time.
And one can only suppose that The Star is doing its darnest to help the BN Chinese parties to recoup their losses with the sort of coverage that the paper is doing now.
Five Parliament constituencies which were won by the DAP and having the most Chinese voters (percentage of electorate) are:
- Kuching — 90.9%
- Kepong — 90.3%
- Seputeh — 89.7%
- Tanjong — 85.2%
- Cheras — 84.1%
Because there are so few non-Chinese voters in the five seats above, i.e. only between 10% and 15%, this makes it easier to tabulate the Chinese support.
Below are the total number of votes cast on 5 May 2013, and with a conservative estimate of the portion of Chinese votes in brackets:
- Kuching — 40,879 votes (37,159)
- Kepong — 58,585 votes (52,902)
- Seputeh — 71,859 votes (64,458)
- Tanjong — 42,913 voter (36,562)
- Cheras — 59,404 voters (49,959)
What about the rest?
Votes that went to BN in GE13:
- Kuching — 10,491 (SUPP-Chinese candidate)
- Kepong — 7,530 (PPP-Indian candidate)
- Seputeh — 9,948 (MCA)
- Tanjong — 6,865 (Gerakan-Chinese candidate)
- Cheras — 10,840 (MCA)
(A) Sample size: The total number of registered voters in these five constituencies is
Kuching (53,336) + Kepong (68,035) + Seputeh (85,976) + Tanjong (51,487) + Cheras (72,551) = 331,385 Malaysians
(B) Political participants: The total number whom turned out to vote in the five constituencies for GE13 is 273,640 Malaysians
(C) BN supporters: The total number whom voted BN in the five constituencies is 45,674 Malaysians
(D) Indian BN supporters: Assuming 50 percent Indians who voted had given their support to BN, the estimated number in the five constituencies is
Kuching (82) + Kepong (4,189) + Seputeh (1,631) + Tanjong (1,847) + Cheras (1,830) = 9,579 BN Indians
(E) Malay BN supporters: The percentage of Malays in the five constituencies is very small and thus their impact negligible (e.g. 4.28% Malay voters in Kepong, 5.62% in Seputeh, 5.78% in Tanjong)
Kuching (1,099) + Kepong (1,504) + Seputeh (2,419) + Tanjong (1,488) + Cheras (3,407) = 9,917 BN Malays
(F) Chinese support for BN
Altogether 45,674 votes were cast for BN in the five constituencies. If you take away the Indian and Malay votes for BN, it leaves 26,178 Chinese BN supporters in the five constituencies.
So 26,178 Chinese out of the 241,040 Chinese who voted in Kuching, Kepong, Seputeh, Tanjong and Cheras had voted the BN in the urban areas. That’s 10.86 percent Chinese (high estimate) who the supported BN in the last general election.