The Star is striving hard to become Malaysia’s leading opposition news outlet. It’s part of their rebranding exercise post GE13.
Below is the Star Online front page (at 8.20pm) and its lead story on Nurul Izzah is time-stamped 7:46:00 PM today.
You know The Star is ahead of the pack when even the unabashed pro-Pakatan TMI quoted from the MCA-owned and MCA-controlled paper.
In its story ‘Nurul Izzah denied entry into Sabah‘, the Insider referenced — “PKR vice-president Nurul Izzah Anwar, who arrived at Kota Kinabalu this evening for the Kaamatan celebration, has been denied entry into Sabah, the Star reported today.”
Even Malaysiakini was slower off the block than The Star in its Nurul coverage. Malaysiakini‘s story was uploaded 12 minutes later than The Star‘s. Usually Malaysiakini is fast but in this instance was beaten by The Star.
It is possible that The Star got the scoop through its chummy BFF relations with Nurul’s political secretary Fahmi Fadzil.
“Btw, if you’re on Twitter, check out Star’s Twitter account. Between 11:10am & minutes ago, they tweeted Hannah’s appointment TEN times!! At one point, there were THREE consecutive tweets at different times. Talk about getting the full diva treatment from her biggest fan.” — by FF Calvin (see comment here)
Brought to our attention by regular commenter FF Calvin: “Checkout their Twitter account. Ten tweets [by The Star] at least since 11:10am. Three consecutive tweets at 12:44pm, 12:58pm & 1:14pm.”
Tweet above: Datuk Lee Hwa Beng is the former MCA three-term Subang Jaya state assemblyman.
What do you think is the MCA game plan now?
“Is DAP still dependent on MCA to serve his constituents?” asked Chiew Lian Keng who is the MCA Youth Federal Territory chairman.
He’s referring to the fact that MCA runs the service centres that the Chinese turn to when they seek help.
Do you know why the Pakatan politicians can do their politicking, publicity-seeking and propagandizing 24/7?
It’s because they do not have to serve their constituencies. The MCA people (the Michael Chong’s and the Chew Mei Fun’s) are willing to do that, i.e. continue running service centres to cater for the needs of the Chinese community.
And since the MCA is around, able and available to run the errands, this frees up the Pakatan pollies’ time.
Without being encumbered by an obligation to be at their constituency’s beck and call, the DAP evangelistas can devote their efforts and energy full throttle to preaching, bashing the BN and denigrating the MCA as “running dogs” and bad karaoke singers.
Now MCA has taken the service orientation one step further. They are placing their multi-billion ringgit media machinery at the DAP’s service too.