I pinched the idea for my headline above from an Anon comment in Annie’s blog.
Annie’s commenter had also remarked, “.. dia orang ni memang backstabbers and muka tak tahu malu.”
Annie thinks “more than half of Gerakan members need to be sacked for being traitors”.
She believes too that more than half of the Gerakan members voted for the opposition or “otherwise the Chinese tsunami wouldn’t be that bad”.
“The same goes with MCA,” she adds.
I share Annie’s opinion that the disciplinary action of sacking merely one Gerakan member and suspending another two for carrying out internal sabotage is an effing joke.
If that is the best that Gerakan can do, might as well rather than entertaining its call for the merger of all the component parties, the BN just convey that it is preferable for Gerakan to get themselves absorbed into the DAP.
After all, Gerakan is a Chinese-based as well as Penang-based party. So what kind of support can they hope to recoup?
DAP the Dino Slayer
Next, about the MCA.
Some of its Chinese critics complain that they are dissatisfied because MCA is not treated as an equal partner in the BN.
These critics should wake up and smell the satay.
Umno has 88 Parliament seats. MCA has 7.
However 6 out of these 7 MCA Parliament seats are in Malay-majority areas. On the other hand if MCA had won all of the seats given it by the BN to contest, then MCA would be 37 seats strong.
Now, is sweeping the board a realistic feat for any party? Well, Taib Mahmud’s PBB contested 14 Parliament seats in Sarawak and won all of them.
DAP performed spectacularly albeit falling short of a perfect record. The party contested 7 Parliament seats in Penang and won all 7. It contested 7 Parliament seats in Perak and won 7 too. It contested 4 seats in Selangor and won all 4 as well as contested 2 seats in Negeri Sembilan and winning both.
The bottomline is that MCA simply failed to deliver. Hence it does not make sense for the Chinese to say that they’re rejecting the ruling coalition because MCA is not treated as an equal partner to Umno.
Level of trust
How many votes can MCA garner from the BN Malays in the next round (GE14)?
The deliberate fielding of Isma-Berjasa spoiler candidates to create three-corner fights and split the BN vote bank is an indication of Malay revolt.
Yet The Star pretends that Chinese votes can be wooed to return to the BN.
Anyone reading The Star comes away with the impression that the paper’s slick editors and journos reckon Malays are plenty stupid.
Former Utusan group editor Zainuddin Maidin takes The Star to task today.
“Apakah anda pernah membaca sebarang rencana yang ditulis oleh Wong Chun Wai Ketua Pengarang Kumpulan The Star dan juga Timbalan Ketua Pengarang Kumpulan II Leanne L.Y. Goh dan Pengarang Urusannya yang mengkritik DAP atau Pakatan Pembangkang?”
My comment in response: Nope. Not that I can recall.
Chun Wai did occasionally whine about the personal attacks made by oppo supporters who labelled him an “MCA stooge” and not living up to their Christian expectations, but that’s about it.
Zamkata: “Tugas menghadapi pembaca Inggeris lebih banyak diserahkan kepada bloggers yang pro kerajaan.”
Me: I hope more bloggers will tolong pantau — please read Dr Novandri’s game plan.
Zamkata: “Apakah tujuannya MCA memiliki The Star? Untuk kepentingan politik atau untuk kepentingan perniagaan semata-mata.”
Zamkata: “Lebih banyak kerosakan yang dilakukan oleh The Star kepada MCA dari membina imejnya.”
Me: The Star is causing untold damage to the BN.
The pie chart below shows The Star‘s readership by ethnicity. BN can write off the Chinese and their votes. However, The Star has a 26 percent Malay and 24 percent Indian readership which it is enticing to Pakatan, and more specifically to the DAP.
Zamkata: “Sebagai bekas wartawan saya cukup faham permainan ini baik cara halus atau kasar. Penuh dengan hipokrasi munafik dan tidak jujur. Mereka yang diberikan tanggungjawab telah mengkhianati tanggungjawab yang diamanahkan. Mereka lebih suka untuk bermuka-muka dengan parti pembangkang.”
Me: The Tan Sri is being too kind as “tidak jujur” is an understatement. Stabbing in the back is pure treachery.
Zamkata: “Saya mendapat khabar beberapa orang pengarang-pengarang kanan The Star tidak lagi dapat menahan perasaan kecewa dan sedih mereka apabila BN diumumkan menang pada malam 5 Mei itu walaupun pada mulanya mereka telah meloncat-loncat kegembiraan kerana kemaraan Pakatan Rakyat.”
Me: Zam’s sources are correct.
And the rank-and-file are even more opposition-minded. The Scissorati are open and vocal about their political orientation in Facebook and over Twitter.
Zamkata: “MCA harus melihat kembali kedudukan Jabatan Pengarang The Star kerana tidak dapat dinafikan bahawa sikapnya juga telah menyebabkan kekalahan besar MCA dalam Pilihan Raya Ke 13.”
Me: I have a better idea. Just sack the MCA.
Zamkata: “The Star telah menggunting dalam lipatan.”
Menara Star Phileo Damansara is a nest of DAP sympathizers
Clear threat going into GE14
The Star has budgeted to spend up to RM30 million to strengthen the media group’s digital products, announced its deputy chairman Vincent Lee.
But even before this development was made public, it was already obvious that The Star had provided positive publicity for the DAP SuperCyber Bullies as well as actively promoted the online Pakatan activists and operatives who bashed the BN hardest.
Not only that, The Star has been consistently covering up for the oppo pollies (particularly the DAP evangelistas).
Screenshot above are the tweets from Star columnist Niki Cheong whom the paper bills as “senior social media analyst” (he was actually just a reporter with The Star‘s youth pullout).
Niki Cheong tweeted: “All I see is angry folks who will be voting for the first time next elections”, “Hopefully the country becomes increasingly urban. And new urban folks continue to go back to spread word”.
You can trust The Star “to spread the word” of the Gospel of Jerusubang to its 5.63 million audience.
The tsunami was a betrayal not because the Chinese voters ticked the Rocket but because of the backstabbing behaviour of the BN components and their bullshitting machinery.