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Sinister behind The Star’s Rosmah story

The Star sengaja burukkan imej Rosmah‘, posted The Unspinners today.

The Star, through its prominent full page colour feature, has – as commented in The Unspinners blog – willfully introduced Rosmah’s purported power to become the talk of town (“menjadi buah mulut orang”).

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Full page ad is expensive

There is no indication to the general public that the ’10 Most Powerful Women in Malaysia’ (see snapshot above) is an advertorial. The printed page carries no tag saying “advertisement” whereas an ordinary Star local news page would carry a strap on top saying ‘Nation’.

It is not any Tom, Dick or Harry average wage earner who can afford to place such a big ad just for a lark. Going by The Star ad rate, a full colour page on Tuesday costs at least RM42,120.

Furthermore the Rosmah advertorial carries loading, i.e. it is on a right hand page (left hand page ads are cheaper) and it is way in front on page 5 (the further in front, the more expensive).

To all intents and purposes, any regular reader who saw the page yesterday would have assumed that the ’10 Most Powerful Women in Malaysia’ was a Star news story. It would not have crossed their minds that it was an advertorial.

Psychological profile of ad creater

DAP’s Member of Parliament Teresa Kok is No.7 in the powerful women list. She is appearing in The Star‘s upcoming ‘Cafe Latte’ chat screening — see ‘The Star panellists declare Chinese tsunami did not happen‘.

PAS women are noticeably absent. Two-term MP Dr Siti Mariah Mahmud, the deputy chief of the PAS Dewan Muslimat, is missing from the list although Lembah Pantai MP and PKR vice president Nurul Izzah has been included.

Actress Geetahanjali G (anyone ever heard of her?) is obviously a nod to the United Colours of Benetton credentials of the list maker.

Whereas S. Ambiga is an indisputable choice, her fellow Bersih participant Marina Mahathir is a favourite of the Bangsar Malaysia crowd.

With Marina, Nurul and Hannah Yeoh all in the list, it is all that hard for a discerning political watcher to psychologically profile the culprits responsible?

The Scissorati strike again

The Unspinners asked: “Mengapakah Ketua Editor, Dato Wong Chun Wai yang lalang sengaja mengeluarkan iklan tersebut?”

’10 Most Powerful Women in Malaysia’ did not appear in Utusan or Berita Harian or Sin Chew. It appeared in the J-Star. Therefore the buck stops with the Scissorati, who according to the Unspinners, are so many “pencacai” who are “hardcore DAP dan PKR”. (In other words, Menara Star Phileo Damansara is a nest of DAP sympathisers.)

A couple of days earlier, The Unspinners provided the following throwaway line about The J-Star‘s evangelista group editor:

“Walaupun kita tahu apa yang Chun Wai buat di belakang-belakang dalam dunia siber, dia juga sering kelihatan bersama pemimpin pembangkang.”

Apart from the Unspinners, other bloggers are in the know about what Chun Wai is doing “di belakang-belakang dalam dunia siber”.

Bangkai gajah tidak dapat ditudung dengan nyiru.

It must be obvious even to the seasoned blog reader that Stop The Lies, the DAP Insider and a few other political blogs which are carrying out the MCA cyber propaganda are linked to The Star.

Now you can understand why The Unspinners and other political watchers have called WCW a “lalang”.

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The Jerusubang MLM network

Currently, we see the sneaky scissors stab at Rosmah.

The Star is to the DAP what Utusan is to Umno. However there is a major difference. Utusan is upfront with regard to its allegiance. The J-Star is adroit at playing the backstabbing game.

Imagine the extent of damage that this Jerusubang backstabber is capable of inflicting the next five years.

Think of all the resources that The Star has. Think of the funding that is available to the Star Media Group and its budgetted RM30 million expenditure to be spent on expanding their online presence.

The StarOnline Rates Card 2013-06-19 09-15-04

Media machinery of the DAP

Zamkata (Zainuddin Maidin’s blog, 17 June 2013):

“I receive news that several senior editors in The Star could no longer contain their disappointment and frustration when BN was declared the winner on May 5, despite initially jumping with joy when the Pakatan Rakyat was leading.”

The Tan Sri has only alluded to the political orientation of The Star senior editors. Now imagine their thousands of middle management and rank-and-file editorial staff.

What kind of people are they? They’re working in a company that belongs to the MCA.

Now evaluate the kind of info and mass communication platforms that are available to them and which they’ve been exploiting to the max. As one example, Hannah Yeoh is selected in the list as the sixth “most powerful woman in Malaysia” ostensibly because of her widespread presence in the media.

When Hannah was appointed Selangor Speaker, the Star editors tweeted the ‘exciting’ news 10 times in a single day over the Star official Twitter account to 2.7 million follower timelines.

Imagine that kind of people (on the MCA payroll but promoting DAP 3.0 evangelistas) carrying out their covert operations in cyberspace.

Sick scissors most venomous

I had to leave the following comment this morning @ 1:19 am in Rocky’s blog:

“Dear Rocky and other readers,

Inasmuch as I’m not the only Helen nor the only Helen Ang in Malaysia, but still and nonetheless

I’d just like to point out that I did not post the comment above @ 3.40pm (to forestall any case of “mistaken identity” as it has happened before.)

I normally do not post comments in blogs unless it is to clarify (such as in this particular instance).

I’d also like to inform the public that a number of genuine commenters have been impersonated in blogosphere and these include Calvin Sankaran, Aidil Yunus, I.D.A., Sarah … (plenty of others) and myself.

The imposters who masquerade as some of the known names will go as far as to bash other folks in order to deliberately create misunderstandings and smear reputations, e.g. “Calvin Sankaran” wrote some nasty things about me in the STL [Stop the Lies] blog but of course I’m aware that it wasn’t the ‘real’ CS who did that.

I’d like it put on record that there is a Dapster who went around leaving comments as Helen Ang Abdullah, and that certainly wasn’t me either.

What can I say about such political operatives? “What kind of people are they?”

They are the kind of people who have no compunction in fabricating lies, in concocting stories about 40,000 Bangladeshis, blackouts and spreading fiction in international fora to drag the country’s name through the mud.

If they can manufacture such big lies about Malaysia, what’s to stop them from slandering small people? None at all.”

Smooth operators

Apa yang Scissorati buat di belakang-belakang dalam dunia siber?

Almost every BN politician of note has complained about the DAP’s Politics of Hate and the oppo’s unstoppable fitnah, slandering and spreading of lies everywhere.

Sometimes it is done abusively and aggressively, and at other times sublimally and subtly.

Those who see something suspicious behind the Rosmah powerhouse story are right to question the hidden motive and agenda.

I repeat: The advertorial appeared in the J-Star.

This pro-DAP paper is the master of the In Denial (e.g. Chinese tsunami did not happen) but no one can deny the outcome of the GE13 vote — MCA, Gerakan and SUPP were wiped out.

Ignore what they “say”. The evangelistas are capable of conning their cult following to part with 10 percent of their income in the form of tithe (Christian zakat) to pastors yang tak bertauliah preaching in RM2 companies masquerading as churches. That’s how slick they are.

Instead pay close attention to what they “do”. Words are just that, words. Results/repercussions however can be quantified.

How many percent of the Chinese electorate hate the government? They have spoken truly at the ballot box. You can’t get away from the voice of their actual vote which can be counted.

Author:

I have no Faceook or Twitter.

61 thoughts on “Sinister behind The Star’s Rosmah story

  1. speaking of imposters, I have had my name being used to spread lies at Stop the Lies and luckily for me, it has stopped, for now. but who knows. the online world is one big place, maybe in some corners of the world wide web some paid mercenaries are still using my name to concoct lies. God help us.

    the wife of PM is an easy target because she’s too high profile. I read The New Straits Times and more often than not, her pics, her name will appear when there’s some events somewhere. someone should tell the people working for PM that his wife needs to go under the radar.

    The Star is very clever, ingenious to say the least. and now that the wife of PM has become their top target, expect more incisive, premeditated assaults to come.

      1. “Stop the Lies is a Scissorati operation.”

        Really? I see Stop The Lies as very anti opposition.

        1. From the Unspinners blog:

          The Unspinners pernah mendedahkan bahawa Wong Chun Wai adalah lalang yang seperti Anwar Ibrahim, dengan orang lain dia cakap lain. Alasan yang dia sering guna adalah kita cari makan.

          Walaupun kita tahu apa yang Chun Wai buat di belakang-belakang dalam dunia siber, dia juga sering kelihatan bersama pemimpin pembangkang.

          http://theunspinners.blogspot.com/2013/06/boikot-star-pro-dap-dan-tentang-bcl-bbc.html

          I don’t disagree with you that STL is anti-oppo. But STL is still, nonetheless, a shadowy Anon.

          The blog exposes DAP using insider info and are pro-MCA (“cari makan” said The Unspinners).

          They write like pros (like reporters). And look at the STL blogroll for their networking connections.

          The Star has featured STL many times in its pages. The paper rarely does that for any of the other bigger and more credible political blogs.

          A reputable paper by rights would not credit Anon blogs as unknown bloggers are less ‘reputable’.

          Do you really believe that DAP Insider is pro-DAP? Obviously from its contents, it is not.

          They are the MCA operations. Unfortunately MCA still has to use the services (writing expertise) of Scissorati to operate the anti-DAP blogs.

          That’s how I read The Unspinners’ giveaway clue about why WCW is lalang and “Walaupun kita tahu apa yang Chun Wai buat di belakang-belakang dalam dunia siber”.

          The “walaupun” is another giveaway.

          Think! Who do you reckon are the Anons running STL and DAP Insider with their level of knowledgeable access to the dirty dealings in the political scene?

          Kalau orang Cina ini tak pandai bermuka-muka, how did the oppo get 90 percent of the Chinese votes without the MCA and Gerakan members themselves voting for DAP?

  2. Also, the picture of Datin Rosmah was also bigger than other’s pictures. It seems to me that they’re trying to imply Rosmah is a big boss and has power over others. It’s like ridiculing her and portraying her as an attention-seeking lady. Gullible readers might assume that Rosmah persuade the advertiser to make her picture larger than others.

    1. One of the readers of this blog Servant of God previous @ 2013/01/25 at 4:47 pm commented:

      (recopy & pasted below)

      “I was reading up on Marie Antoinette, and felt like I was hit by a bus carrying a brick wall.

      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Marie_Antoinette

      In particular, see this sentence: “The Diamond Necklace incident further ruined her reputation. Although she was completely innocent in this affair, she became known as Madame Déficit.”

      I don’t know about you, but for me this is more or less the situation being faced by DS Rosmah. The diamond ring lie, the Altantuya murder, and many other lies.

      Marie Antoinette was herself innocent, but was used to stoke the fires of hatred within the French people, which eventually led to the French Revolution.

      Does any of this seem familiar to anyone else?

      Hmm, the more I learn, the more reasons I have to hate PR.

      Or will they say that the French Revolution was orchestrated by UMNO?”

      *** *** ***

      What kind of people are they to victimize (set-up) others to “stoke the fires of hatred” just so that a certain political coalition can seize power?

      1. Strangely Datin rosmah DID NOT deny the cincin allegation initially. She even said she saved the money to buy that cincin. But later she changed her story. So which is the correct version?

        1. re: “she even said she saved the money to buy that cincin”

          You obviously believed the Photoshopped Utusan (fake) page.

          I’m glad that you’re commenting in my blog because you’re illustrating (Show & Tell) how the oppo managed to secure 90 percent of the Chinese vote.

      2. Her reputation was so damaged to the extent that even BN supporters hate her. They believe that PM’s efforts and image are being ruined because of her. The propaganda against Rosmah was so effective. Even Raja Petra Kamaruddin said in one of his recent article dated 16 June 2013,

        http://www.malaysia-today.net/mtcolumns/57480-being-politically-correct

        Excerpt from the article, paragraph

        “We had to ‘disqualify’ Najib, one way or another. And one way would be to try to link Najib directly or indirectly to the murder of Altantuya Shaariibuu. Pak Lah’s downfall was his son-in-law, Khairy Jamaluddin. Hence the reason for the series of articles called ‘The Khairy Chronicles’ that we ran from 2005 to 2006.

        In Najib’s case, his wife, Rosmah Mansor, has to be his ‘Khairy’. So we embarked upon a ‘destroy Rosmah’ campaign — my June 2008 Statutory Declaration being one of those ‘shots’ that we fired.”

        It will be hard for Rosmah to restore her reputation.

        1. For my exposure on the Scissorati, they have gone all out to try and destroy my reputation too with their sick lies posted in blogosphere under pseudonyms and Anons.

          But lucky for me, the call for the boycott of The Star by the pro-Umno guys has reached critical mass so that even if I stopped blogging tomorrow, the ball has rolled.

          And since there are so many pro-Umno bloggers from alpha to newbie who have now taken up the Boycott Star call, whatever smear campaign that the Scissorati continue to carry out against me is becoming more and more futile by the day.

            1. You can prod them lah. Hantar Surat Kepada Pengarang, letak komen di Utusan Facebook, cakap kat editor.

              1. ini selalu saya lakukan, : -sms utusan type

                MAIFORUMcadangan/pendapatnama ke 37833.

                Lagi ramai, lagi bagus. Selalunya mereka akan buat rencana khas kalau ramai yang complain benda yang sama terutama tentang isu semasa.

                :D sarah

  3. The Star Should Now Put Up a New List:

    THE 10 MOST DESPICABLE WOMAN IN MALAYSIA.

    No. 1 Will Be HELEN ANG. The Christian Basher with a Christian Name?

    1. Obviously you’re not aware that the “pagan” (in Christian eyes) Greeks and their pantheon of anthropomorphic gods predated the birth of Christ by millennia.

      Why don’t you Google ‘Helen’ and ‘Troy’?

      Don’t tempt me to compile a list of the 10 most ignorant men in Malaysia.

    2. And btw, the evangelistas are not mainline Christians. They are a deviant and discredited cult. Only the DAP idolize them.

      The Singapore government is charging the Chinese City Harvesters in court for criminal breach of trust.

      1. The evangelists are evil in disguise….even some Christians regard them as “kafir”….

        Very funny Helen….sejak bila Helen adalah Christian name…buta sejarah betul evil evangelists ni…

        1. re: The evangelists are evil in disguise…. even some Christians regard them as “kafir”….

          one of my christian friend concur this to the max.

          :) sarah

    3. Here’s shedding a little light on your darkened ignorance characterized by your chosen nick.

      Helen was the daughter of Zeus & Leda based on Greek mythology. As such it has been generally agreed that it is of Greek origins.

      Early records showed that the name Helen was probably derived from the Greek word helene which meant “torch”.

      As for Christian use of the name, it was first used in honour of St Helena in the 4th century who was the mother of Constantine. She was canonized for supposedly finding the True Cross.

      As such there is no St Helen per se. The correct way to address the Christian saint would be St Helena of Constatinople.

      So enough with your Helen Christian Named Christian Basher hogwash already. Try harder dude to earn enough for yer bacon. Lord Lim of Tokong High Komtar can’t be at all impressed with yer efforts, or lack of…

  4. Ms H. A veteran prominent politician once told me that for a person to hold a responsible political position such a person should come from a proper background with a proper education. I have noted the decline and fall of standards in our beloved Malaysia as regards personalities holding important positions. Hence, instead of moving to a higher plane, the state of our politics took a nose-dive into a wet market type of quarrel. There is no dignity and propriety anymore.

    1. The evangelista came from a famous mission school in Penang.

      With a Chinese education cultural ballast, the “person to hold a responsible political position” may be lest prone to the missionary’s forked tongue.

      Kalimah Allah pun dema nak kebas dengan alasan-alasan lidah bercabang mereka. The Hindus, Buddhists, Taoists and Chinese folk religionists have not tried to swipe ‘Allah’. Only the aggressive evangelistas are attempting to do so.

  5. Based on AKJ’s post, he alleged that the advert was paid for by a Sdn Bhd.

    “The advertorial, according to the paper’s advertising department, was inserted by “sendirian berhad” company, which The Star declined to identify.”

    http://kadirjasin.blogspot.com/2013/06/rosmah-most-powerful-woman-in-malaysia.html?m=1

    Any shareholder has the right to request for disclosure of information on certain aspects of business operations. As such I don’t see why the identity of the advertiser should be kept under wraps. I could theoretically write in for the info since I hold a miniscule amount of their shares but I suppose that will tip them off as to my real identity.

    And for a supposedly upright, neutral & responsible organization like the Star, it is their fundamental duty to be as transparent as possible with anything they’ve published.

    If Tony Pua’s advert can be rejected due to a lack of clarity, how on earth did they pass this one when the advertiser’s or organization’s info isn’t available at all?

    Can we ask WCW to explain why this is so since he’s actually keeping tabs on this blog much as he will deny it?

    1. Is the star still owned by mca or held by dap cronies. If the latter then you have the answer to who paid for the ad.

  6. Let me assist you my dear Sis… let’s start the top 10 most ignorant man in Malaysia….
    And the winner is…. drum beat…….

    “Joe Dumbo Black”

    Can’t beleive you actually fall for that photoshop news about Rosmah’s savings since her kindergarten days to buy that ring. What a dumbo.

    Kak Mar

  7. Well, not a bad start to a looonnng PRU14 campaign. I mean, look at the list and their credentials. RM is there because she is the PM’s wife, that’s her achievement. All the positions attributed are because she’s the PM’s wife. Then they put in the Bank Negara chief who is DEFINITELY (by any definition) the most powerful woman in the country.

    Whoever did this – wicked. When you don’t give the basis or criteria for your selection, it just becomes a list. It’s like if I were to write my own 10 most powerful politicians and put Ibrahim Ali in the number 1 spot. I mean who are any of you to discredit my choice. And to put Ambiga, Izzah, HY and TKok in the same list … I mean I may live in the kampung but even I can see the plot. But to put the list in a prominent manner, thereby giving the list an implied legitimacy … well done Mr. Ad-man, well done. So, UMNO kingmaker, I believe its your move next.

    1. Orangkampung, if you put Ibrahim ali as your no 1 spot, someone will definitely jumping all around and call you ignorent coz he though he the most powerfull. Who you may ask? AI of course hehhehheh :>wicked:>

      :D sarah

  8. “Actress Geetahanjali G (anyone ever heard of her?)”

    She can use this in her resume now I guess.

  9. apprently all the liberals in NST were also gunting dalam lipatan, they have jumping ships…possinly for the $$$$$ rather than their so called sham..freedom of the press, which shows them as hypocrites.

    1. The NST migration, like TMI‘s (where the Chinese Christian women migrated to the Malay Mail, and with the Malay males staying put in the Insider) is clearly along race lines.

      With The Star being staffed by Chinese (only one top Malay editor out of 26, and even then Dzireena Mahahdzir merely handling a monthly Star pullout on sambal tumis recipes), who can one realistically expect of the paper’s political allegiance?

  10. Helen,
    Yang sedihnya ofis2 gomen, GLC dan UMNO masih lagi beli The STAR.

    Macam2 alasan. So, boikot the STAR tak effective. KAlau maintain STAR sebqb nqk adil, ofis2 tu kena beli Harakah, Rocket, Suara Keadilan dll…

    1. Spread the word in blogosphere — must do this virally.

      Alert Utusan. I believe Utusan is already catching on to the Star scam.

      Most effective of all, organize and have lotsa you guys keep bombarding Che Det so that this is known to He-Who-Matters-Most.

      Bottom up pressure Umno to pressure the gomen departments.

      Look at this (10 tweets by The Star — this is incontrovertible evidence):

      null

      Zam was right about the Star editors cheering Pakatan to win on May 5 night when the results were being streamed over TV.

      Their office is a nest of evangelistas and DAP sympathisers.

      1. Helen – I sudah alerted Utusan about STAR’s antics, but so far, Utusan hasn’t reacted to my emails. Maybe others can alert Utusan also?

  11. I had the experience to duel with the cyberthugs which lurk in one prominent Opposition website. They contended that Datin Seri Rosmah was not entitled to the LLD of Curtin University, Western Australia. We duelled sometimes up to 3.30 a.m. in the morning and these thugs lost after over 80 comments from me which maintained that since medieval times, universities had always relied on benefactors and had the right to honour whoever they preferred. Also, my No.1 college at Cambridge University awarded a Fellowship to Li Ka Shing who spoke no English and no one complained. After they lost, the cyberthugs stole my moniker and used it to say that I agreed with them. Do you think such crude bodies deserve to rule over us ?

    1. Someone wrote to Curtin University:

      Dear Ms Nicol and Mr. Lapelms,

      The below email has been in circulation in Malaysia and I am one of the recipients of this rather uncivilzed email with malicious intend to discredit Curtin University good reputation and question the University’s autonomy and judgement. It is rather appaling to know that it was written by Curtin Alumini, but I do believe he or she does not represent the voice of other Curtin Alumni.

      “I am a Malaysian and currently residing in Malaysia and I am apolitical. Lately there has been various malicious attempts to discredit the Prime Minister’s wife, Datin Seri Rosmah Mansor. Frankly I am not a fan of hers, nor do I have any political and personal interest towards the Prime Minister and his family. I do feel that the e-mail sent by the irresponsible person is nothing more than a work of someone that has political agenda in mind.
      Just because one is a Curtin Alumni and tax payer who is currently residing in Australia, it doesn’t mean that one has every right to do whatever one feels right. I think the Australian government recent and current strict regulation imposed on visa approval and in particular pertaining to immigrant (legal or otherwise) is a very wise decision, since this will ensure the country will rid off such unbecoming characters. The saying goes “You Give Them An Inch, They Walk All Over You” is best befits this scenario if any. God knows, here in this country we continuously facing such ingrate from certain quarter.

      All in all, I believe that Curtin University has taken all aspects into consideration to accord the Prime Minister’s wife the said award. Further she has also recently been invited and appointed to be one of the patrons of Women University in Bangladesh that put her in the same league of Cherrie Blair and Hilary Clinton, for championing the issue of women education from the less developed countries. I believe the invition was personally conver to her by Cherrie Blair, during one of her official visits to London not long ago. She is also very passionate with children education programme, under the Permata Program and has been invited regularly to share her thoughts and idea in other countries particularly in the Middle East. No one is perfect in this world, but what differentiates one from the rest is what effort or good deed that one has contributed to make this world a better place to live. On this note, it makes me wonder whether what has the author of the email done in his or her own personal capacity other than paying taxes in this respect.

      Thank you and Kind Regards ”

      Here is the Uni’s response:

      “Thank you for sending the open letter to Curtin University regarding the honorary award conferred on Datin Paduka Seri Rosmah Mansor on Saturday 11 February 2012. I appreciate the letter’s thoughtful and considered approach to this contentious matter.
      The University accepts that the decision to make this award has attracted criticism from some sections of the Malaysian community. We also accept that our use of the term ‘First Lady’ has offended some people, and we regret this. Whilst not wishing to debate that issue further, but in order to avoid further controversy, we will no longer use that term and have reissued our original media release.

      Allegations have been made that the University, or myself personally, have gained financially from this award. These allegations are absolutely untrue.
      In response to your specific questions:

      1. How was Rosmah’s contribution to education evaluated? Was there an objective task panel set up to review this?

      The honorary doctorate was awarded for Datin Paduka Seri Rosmah Mansor’s contribution to early childhood education and development in Malaysia. The nomination was assessed in accordance with University policy. A formal nomination was submitted and considered by the relevant committees.

      2. How was Rosmah’s contribution to the advancement of women evaluated?
      A reference to the doctorate also being awarded for contribution to the advancement of women was included in our original media statement in error. This has been removed from the revised version of the statement posted on 16 February.

      3. How much of an involvement in early childhood education centres entitles one to an honorary doctorate?

      The process is not competitive; all nominees are considered on their own merits.

      The nomination form provides information for the University committees to consider, including the candidate’s contributions to the University or the higher education sector generally, contribution to a relevant discipline or branch of learning, and service to the country or to professional and public life. A candidate does not need to meet all of these criteria to be considered for an honorary award. A copy of their curriculum vitae is also obtained to assist the committees in their deliberations.

      It is recognised that the Permata centres are government funded. Nonetheless, Datin Paduka Seri Rosmah Mansor’s involvement has helped ensure their success and the expansion of the initiative. The award recognises the contribution this initiative makes to the education of the many children who attend the centres, and ultimately to the broader Malaysian community through the development of human capital.

      4. How do the current Curtin PhD scholars feel about this?

      I am unable to comment on the views of doctoral students and graduates specifically. Curtin acknowledges that there are a range of views on this matter.

      Yours sincerely

      Jeanette Hacket
      Vice-Chancellor ”

      Note; Still the Dapsters are not happy with the response

      Thank you for sending the open letter to Curtin University regarding the honorary award conferred on Datin Paduka Seri Rosmah Mansor on Saturday 11 February 2012. I appreciate the letter’s thoughtful and considered approach to this contentious matter.

      The University accepts that the decision to make this award has attracted criticism from some sections of the Malaysian community. We also accept that our use of the term ‘First Lady’ has offended some people, and we regret this. Whilst not wishing to debate that issue further, but in order to avoid further controversy, we will no longer use that term and have reissued our original media release.

      Allegations have been made that the University, or myself personally, have gained financially from this award. These allegations are absolutely untrue.

      In response to your specific questions:

      1. How was Rosmah’s contribution to education evaluated? Was there an objective task panel set up to review this?

      The honorary doctorate was awarded for Datin Paduka Seri Rosmah Mansor’s contribution to early childhood education and development in Malaysia. The nomination was assessed in accordance with University policy. A formal nomination was submitted and considered by the relevant committees.

      2. How was Rosmah’s contribution to the advancement of women evaluated?

      A reference to the doctorate also being awarded for contribution to the advancement of women was included in our original media statement in error. This has been removed from the revised version of the statement posted on 16 February.

      3. How much of an involvement in early childhood education centres entitles one to an honorary doctorate?

      The process is not competitive; all nominees are considered on their own merits.

      The nomination form provides information for the University committees to consider, including the candidate’s contributions to the University or the higher education sector generally, contribution to a relevant discipline or branch of learning, and service to the country or to professional and public life. A candidate does not need to meet all of these criteria to be considered for an honorary award. A copy of their curriculum vitae is also obtained to assist the committees in their deliberations.

      It is recognised that the Permata centres are government funded. Nonetheless, Datin Paduka Seri Rosmah Mansor’s involvement has helped ensure their success and the expansion of the initiative. The award recognises the contribution this initiative makes to the education of the many children who attend the centres, and ultimately to the broader Malaysian community through the development of human capital.

      4. How do the current Curtin PhD scholars feel about this?

      I am unable to comment on the views of doctoral students and graduates specifically. Curtin acknowledges that there are a range of views on this matter.

      Yours sincerely

      Jeanette Hacket

      Vice-Chancellor

  12. Helen, I am puzzled why WCW is called a lalang. A lalang is someone whose support fluctuates from one party to another depending on the direction the wind blows. WCW is not a lalang but a typical AhBeng with no principles. He does not support MCA and he shows clearly his allegiance to the Rocket although he continues to “work” for MCA. Now the dinosaur ,…… that one even though species dah nak pupus is still a gunting dalam lipatan BN.

  13. Malaysia is a country of financial capers mainly connected with the Chinese. Here is the chronology of events.
    1. 1949-1950s – MCA Social Welfare Lotteries. Tontine.
    2. 1960s – Mushroom insurance companies. Tontine.
    3. 1970s- early – Chit Funds caper. Tontine.
    4. 1970s- late – The first RM2 incorporated church founded by a heathen tycoon. From this point to 2013, there was no regulation, no monitoring of the public funds so collected which was tax free.
    5. 1970s- late. The MCA went into business big time with the excuse that the Malays had Sime Darby. Co-operatives flourished and collapsed. The MCA elite was wealthy beyond their dreams.
    7. 1980s. More RM2 incorporated churches mushroomed. Insurance companies guarantees.
    8. 1990s. Share rigging. More RM2 incorporated churches mushroomed.
    9. 2000s-2009. Forex moneychanger caper. RM2 incorporated churches consolidate and expand.
    10 2008-2012. Gold bullion caper. Now mighty and financially strong, the RM2 incorporated churches and the new Christians challenge for political space and power.

    With the exception of the Chit Funds and the Forex capers, all these money capers are connected with the Chinese.

    It is time the Malaysian Government form a Charities Commission to monitor and regulate these recepients of tax-free public funds like Singapore. The leaders of all these RM2 incorporated churches are self-appointed. It is alleged 2 tycoons convicted of felony own one church each and countless other unconvicted felonious tycoons are in the game. My sister-in-law who worked as a rinser in a Jalan Imbi hair dressing salon, Kuala Lumpur, established one such church and collected tons and tons of tax free money. She was from Bentong, Pahang and was illiterate.

  14. Ms H. Yeah, they called me all sorts of obscene and vulgar names in this infamous Opposition website and stupid too. This pushed me to remember (which I forgot completely since 1954) that in order to get into the No 1 college of the University of Cambridge, I had the following :-
    1. A personal letter of recommendation from the Chaplain to the Queen at Windsor Castle, Dr C.E.Raven who was the Vice-Chancellor of Cambridge University and the Master of my No 1 college.
    2. I had 100 marks in each of the 4 subjects which I completed in 9 months in the entrance examination to the college.
    3. Because I completed the requirements for entry so early, I waited one year.
    4. Lee Kuan Yew went into the bottom most non-collegiate Fitzwillian House by the back door. He did not take the entrance because he had no Latin requirement. This is in his book, ‘Singapore Story’.

    1. Those Dapsters are beyond redemption.

      I foresee that Chinese who don’t vote Pakatan would probably shrink to 5% of the Chinese electorate. Then we’d be electorally unrepresented going by ethnicity (no more Dong Zong demands for Mandarin-speaking ministers).

      How do you see the scenario shaping up for the 5% Chinese then?

      1. Helen – Are you saying that Cina support for BN will dwindle even further before it improves? I feel that the Cina support opposition momentum will not going to last forever. I believe that sooner or later SOME of the 90% Cina who voted for opposition in GE13 will eventually realised the they have made a mistake in supporting the opposition. Afterall, Cina people are supposed to be ‘pragmatic’ people?

        The current chill political atmosphere will reach its critical state sooner or later. When that happens, pray that we can still keep our sanity and avoid destructive confrontation that could bring the country to the dogs.

        1. It’s too early to say – anything can happen in 5 years – but along the present trajectory, I’m forecasting that BN will not be able to get more than 10 percent Chinese support.

  15. Ms Helen. Even though the Chinese, the Malaysian Chinese, are de-tribalized, instinctively they will return to support the BN as led by the UMNO with the 13 component parties. The reason is this which is well-known but unsaid by both sides of the political divide –

    The UMNO-MCA linkage has always been a sort of chicken and egg affair since the beginning. If the UMNO leadership is weak and the MCA is weak, the BN takes a drubbing. If the UMNO leadership is strong and the MCA leadership is strong, the Opposition takes a drubbing. If the UMNO leadership is strong, and the MCA leadership is weak, the election results is so-so. I leave you to work out the results of the 12th and 13th General Elections. You can see why TDM parachuted back into the fray for the 13th and the best of all, you can see HOW THE OPPOSITION LOST THEIR CHANCES IN 2008 AND 2013 due to lack of intellect which was bolstered by fantastic energy and money !

  16. And so it is as with the historical past. The Chinese, Malaysian Chinese, now being de-tribalized and what they are, will always support a strong leader in UMNO. Then, you ask why the Chinese support the Opposition, 80-90% ? Our respected YAB Dato Seri Najib bin Tun Abdul Razak has answered aptly, ‘Perception’. And I am not saying that the Oppostion has a strong leader, not at all !

  17. OMG. Helen you are now MKini powerful women. You must be in the DARK like Hannah.

    Ambiga in the dark over ‘most powerful woman’ list
    Aidila Razak
    7:36PM Jun 19, 2013

    Bersih co-chairperson Ambiga Sreenevasan is equally in the dark when it comes to the identity of those behind the ‘Most Powerful Women in Malaysia’ list published in The Star yesterday.

    More than that, she is “surprised” that the electoral reform NGO coalition was not mentioned at all in the excerpt describing her achievements.

    “I am what I am largely because of Bersih,” she told Malaysiakini when contacted.

    She was ranked fourth behind prime minister’s wife Rosmah Mansor, who came out tops, and two others.

    However, Ambiga said that she only found out about the list upon reading the newspaper as those behind it never contacted her.

    “I only found out yesterday morning when someone sent me an SMS telling me to check the papers. I have no idea who is behind this,” she said.

    When told that the listmaker said the criteria for their selection were “money, media presence and impact” she quipped: “Well I don’t have money”.

    Also scratching her head is Subang Jaya assemblyperson Hannah Yeoh who was ranked sixth on the top 10 list, one spot ahead of DAP Selangor chief Teresa Kok.

    “I’m not aware of the creator of the advertisement. (I am) Also clueless as to how they arrived at such a conclusion,” said Yeoh (right), Malaysia’s first female speaker.

    Another selectee, Lembah Pantai MP Nurul Izzah Anwar, too, is unaware while Kok has yet to respond to Malaysiakini’s queries.

    Others lauded by the anonymous listmaker – who, according to the daily’s advertising rate card, forked out at least RM42,120 for the page five spread – included Bank Negara Malaysia governor Zeti Akhtar Aziz and Bond girl Michelle Yeoh.

    Meanwhile, at the eight spot is relatively unknown “fashionista” and Tamil radio announcer Geethanjali G.

    Both Geethanjali’s Facebook fan page and her company’s Facebook page had put up the list to adulation by the pages’ followers.

    In ninth and tenth spot are Kuwait Finance House CEO Jamelah Jamaluddin and activist Marina Mahathir, daughter of former prime minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad.

    The Star cops blame for list

    The list has set tongues wagging in cyberspace with bloggers pondering the “mysterious” nature of the list.

    Veteran journalist Kadir Jasin (left) yesterday blogged that checks with the The Star’s advertising department found that a “Sdn Bhd” company posted the advertisement.

    The Star, however, declined to reveal the company’s identity while the pricey advertisement did not identify the listmaker.

    Despite putting Rosmah on top, MCA-owned The Star is slammed by notable pro-BN bloggers like the Unspinners and Helen Ang, who said the list has untowardly brought bad press Rosmah’s way.

    “Why is this advertisement, which sullies Rosmah’s image accepted? Doesn’t The Star have (the) power to reject it? Why did chief editor Wong Chun Wai, who often switches allegiances, willfully allow the advertisement?” the Unspinners asked.

    Ang, meanwhile, called the advertisement a “sneaky scissors stab” at Rosmah and claimed that the presence of two DAP elected representatives point to the identity of the listmaker.

    “The Star is to the DAP what Utusan (Malaysia) is to Umno. However, there is a major difference. Utusan is upfront with regards to its allegiance. The J-Star (sic) is adroit at playing the backstabbing game,” she said.

    1. Hahaha. I’m tickled too. Writing on it now (next posting coming up, stay tuned guys).

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