The MCA president’s Wesak Day message (23 May 2013) can be read in the party website. In his greeting, Dr Chua Soi Lek mentioned the word “harmony” five times.
The DAP sec-gen similarly issued a Wesak Day greeting, reproduced below. Lim Guan Eng’s Wesak Day message does not mention the word “harmony” at all, not even once. Read it for yourself.
The vocabulary of Guan Eng’s Wesak Day message is as follows:
“racist government”, “practicing apartheid”, “oppress”, “repress”, “injustices”, “travesty of justice”, “minority Federal government”, “minority government”, “minority Prime Minister”, “authoritarian government”, “harsh military rule”, “harsh crackdown”, “violated basic human rights”, “hardliners”, “a new age of darkness”.
Lim Guan Eng’s Wesak Day message is eight paragraphs long but his only allusion to the occasion commemorating the Buddha is in this single sentence: “As we celebrate Wesak Day with full compassion for all, we must also say ‘No’ to […]”
Lim Guan Eng’s Wesak Day message (24 May 2013):
“Democracy gives power to the majority and respects the legitimate rights of the minority. Democracy does not give the minority to oppress the majority or else we will have the situation like the South Africa racist government practicing apartheid in repressing the majority black population.
“In Malaysia no opposition coalition has ever won more popular vote than BN nor won more than 50% of the popular vote. This has allowed BN to conduct a gerrymandering exercise that allowed BN to win more parliamentary seats than their popular vote.
“By not respecting the principle of “one-person, one-vote, one-value”, BN has created injustices in one case where one BN vote can be equivalent to nearly 10 PR votes. This travesty of justice was demonstrated in Putrajaya with only 17,000 voters won by BN as compared to Kapar with nearly 160,000 voters won by PR.
“As no other party had won more popular votes than BN since 1957, this contempt of democracy was only highlighted in the recent 2013 general elections when BN lost the popular vote for the first time in history. BN recorded only 47% of the popular vote to PR’s 51% but yet won 60% of the parliamentary seats to PR’s 40%. In effect there is a minority Federal government, minority Prime Minister and minority Home Minister ruling Malaysia.
“Despite PR winning the popular vote in the 2013 general elections, PR and DAP does not seek to overthrow the BN government. DAP and PR has always chosen a peaceful change of government in accordance with the Federal constitution.
“However the BN government does not behave like a minority government but an authoritarian government. The recent arrests of 3 anti-BN leaders, PAS’ Tamrin Ghafar, PKR’s Tian Chua and NGO Haris Ibrahim and confiscation of PR’s party organ of PKR’s Suara Keadilan, PAS’ Harakah and DAP’s Rocket gives an eerie reminder of what had happened in Myanmar after the military rulers lost in the general elections.
“In 1990 the democratic movement in Myanmar led by Nobel Peace Prize laureate Aung San Syu Kyi won the general elections with 80% of the seats but was not allowed to take power and the generals took over with a harsh military rule that violated basic human rights. The harsh crackdown in Malaysia now imposed by two hardliners who were newly appointed as the new Home Minister and Inspector General of Police is a timely reminder to prevent Malaysia descending down this perilous path.
“As we celebrate Wesak Day with full compassion for all, we must also say “No” to this latest attempt to stifle dissent the voices of conscience. Malaysians of all races and religions who voted for democracy, freedom, justice, truth and integrity must join together peacefully to prevent a new age of darkness. Malaysia must not by Myanmar 1990 revisited.”
Quite obviously Guan Eng has politicized Wesak as well as promote hate on a religious holiday. Not that anyone should be surprised – remember what he did last Christmas eve?
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Guan Eng’s wife Betty Chew abused the sanctity of a Buddhist temple on the eve of the general election to effect a political gimmick — shaving bald in protest of “money politics”, konon.
The above sympathetic photo was played up prominently by The Star in a story that also took a sly dig at the MCA and BN freebies being dished out.
The Star report (3 May 2013) quoted Betty as saying, “I decided to shave too as it is for a good cause. You will get something free today but you may have to pay back for something tomorrow.”
Another Star story, equally sympathetic, ran on the eve (4 May 2013) of polling day and portrayed the Penang First Couple as valiant Davids fighting a dirty and corrupt Goliath.
The Star article read:
“Before the 16 hairstylists from two hair salons began the shaving process, the participants staged a short praying session before the Goddess of Mercy (Kuan Yin) statue. Chew said even though hair was a woman’s glory, the act was for the sake of the people.“It is to spread awareness on money politics.
“I made the decision (to go bald) and the other DAP leaders decided to join me since it was for a good cause. We cannot do with money politics anymore,” she said before having her head shaved.
Lim said they were facing a tough battle as they did not expect Barisan Nasional to “throw away money”. “It is a battle of survival between Barisan and Pakatan Rakyat. They (Barisan) are throwing everything they have,’’ he said.
The Star passages campaigning for Lim Guan Eng and his party sound like they’re published in The Rocket. That’s because the MCA is content to allow The Star reporters to think that they are all indeed employed by an alter ego of The Rocket.
Not limiting its DAP propaganda to print media alone, The Star‘s SwitchUp.tv provided additional coverage of the Betty Bald event in a video clip which has garnered more than 6,100 views to date. (In comparison, SwitchUp.tv’s last coverage of Chua Soi Lek on May 11 only managed 604 views).
Shepherding voters to DAP side of the fence
The MCA-controlled newspaper very probably swung some last minute fence-sitter votes among the non-Christian Chinese over to the DAP with the Betty Chew photos in which she evokes the image of a Buddhist nun.
On 4 May 2013, Malaysiakini carried a headline that said ‘Head-shaving ‘gimmick’ abuse of temple, says Soi Lek‘. A few other media also highlighted this particular story angle.
The Star, on the other hand, chose to totally bury what Chua Soi Lek said.
The paper only reported Dr Chua saying that it was just another “political gimmick” on May 5, two days after the head shaving story initially appeared in The Star on May 3.
The Star used the intimidating photo below (which makes Dr Chua look like a menacing Big Brother figure straight out of Orwell’s 1984) together with the caution that the public should not be fooled by DAP’s political tactics.
Dr Chua’s reminder is divorced from the context of Betty Chew abusing the sanctity of the Buddhist temple. Readers chancing on The Star May 5 story would be hard pressed to make a connection of it to the earlier May 3 event plus The Star signally failed to mention the operative phrase “abuse of temple” in its write-up.
Even a pro-Pakatan media like Malaysiakini had the news sense to see that “abuse of temple” was the headline-making element. Yet strangely, The Star covered this up.
Now who’s willing to bet that the Star cover-up was intentional?
In my posting headline, I said the “secret life” of Betty because by all accounts, she is a Christian. This makes her abuse of the Buddhist temple for political gimmickry an even more cynical and calculated move.
What kind of people are they?!
Her behaviour is no different from her DAP evangelical cohort who traipse into the mosques and suraus wearing selendang or their male counterparts who recite some Quranic verses like how one quotes Shakespeare or an English poet to impress the audience.
Bear in mind that The Star that has gone on an all-out publicity blitz to promote the DAP evangelistas. Perhaps my headline should mention the secret life of The Star too. Api dalam sekam nih.