Tourism Minister Nazri Aziz today told Malaysiakini that according to Malacca Chief Minister Idris Haron, Jonker Walk in town would be will be closed four weeks as a trial run.
Yesterday the news portal had reported that the “Malacca government’s decision to shut down the historic city’s popular weekend night market, Jonker Walk, has been described as ‘political retaliation against Chinese voters’ who backed the opposition” in GE13.
The Malaysiakini article ‘Opposition: Closure of Jonker Walk is political retaliation‘ drew almost 260 (many angry) comments which were in consensus that the closure was a form of punishment.
Accusing Umno of victimizing the Chinese community, Tony Pua retorted, “Will BN shut down Petaling Street, too?”
“Or why stop at just closing these Chinatowns, why not cancel Christmas or ban Deepavali or CNY celebrations?”, challenged Tony.
Meanwhile The Star carried a headline today, ‘Jonker Street must never be shut down, say traders‘.
Newspaper cutting above: (Former) Malacca Chief Minister Mohd Ali Rustam had demanded the resignation of Malacca Wanita MCA chief Datuk Kian Sit Har for acting against the interests of the ruling coalition.
Some of the MCA leaders already have one foot out of the BN. Similarly some of the people working for MCA companies, such as Datuk Seri Wong Chun Wai, are running with the hares and hunting with the hounds.
With MCA now out of the government, there is no longer any restraint on some of the party’s renegade leaders. Similarly the Scissors is now freed from having to hide within the fold any longer.
The MCA political blogs
A special report on the Star Media Group titled ‘The long and winding road ahead‘ (Kinibiz, 21 June 2013) said that the MCA, which has controlled Star Publications since 1977, has over the years reaped the benefits of the newspaper company’s healthy dividends.
Kinibiz also reported that The Star has in the past years provided “strong mileage” for the MCA.
The Kinibiz four-parter however had some not so nice things to say about The Star‘s prospects. This negativity caused some of the Star top brasses to go ballistic.
The Star bosses threw a hissy fit at the Malaysiakini reporters and launched their attack through the political blog that they’re covertly operating — Stop The Lies.
We’ve have seen how sneaky The J-Star can be in their double-dealing such as with the Rosmah-Most Powerful Woman ad.
The MCA-Star black ops, including character assassination, are conducted through these propaganda blogs hiding behind the cloak of anonymity.
The Battlestar Galactica, flush with fuel and injected with ample funds, is ready to fly.
Expect more sneak attacks from the Scissorati fleet. The BN would be suicidal to still consider The J-Star a government-friendly media.
Photo below: Dr Chua Soi Lek during his visit to Jonker Walk early this year.