The J-Star reported today: “For what he has done, it was done because he loved the country.”
Hat-tip to Mulan for the lead. — 2.02pm, 18 Sept
The J-Star splashed a big picture of Chin Peng on its front page today with the provocative banner headline ‘Dead but not buried’.
In the inside pages, the headlines were ‘Chin Peng’s last wish to go unfulfilled’ and ‘Chin Peng’s ashes should be allowed home, says Kit Siang’, spanning pages 10, 11, 12, 14 and 24.
The Jerusubang paper gleefully pointed out that the exiled former communist leader had died on the 50th anniversary of Malaysia Day.
“Personally, I really don’t want to have to listen to either the Prime Minister or his Cabinet on Malaysia Day” said the J-Star resident tukang cerita Karim Raslan, also today in his weekly column.
Incidentally, our Malaysia Day (Sept 16) coincided with Lee Kuan Yew’s 90th birthday yesterday. This delightful fact is highlighted by The J-Star in its print edition today.
The ‘stars’ could not have aligned more perfectly — the anniversary of Chin Peng’s death will in future be commemorated on our National Day while tributes to LKY eclipsed our golden jubilee.
Meanwhile on page 6 (print edition) are blurbed the following stories to be found in The J-Star Online: ‘Chin Peng and I’, ‘Ambiga: Attacks helped make Bersih more popular’ and ‘Samad Said’s secret’. Wow, terribly impressed with the MCA-owned paper — it chose to feature both the Bersih co-chairmen Ambiga and Pak Samad in conjunction with the celebration of our country’s birth.
Evangelista Bintang Lima
Note The J-Star‘s five-star logo.
More impressive is the paper’s two pages on Sunday – see scan above – devoted to the young Malays in Pakatan whom The J-Star is attempting to image boost as media icons like it did previously for “DAP SuperCyber Bullies” @hannahyeoh and @imokman.
Lim Kit Siang’s Malay political secretary was most prominent in The J-Star Online (screenshot above).
The young lady pin-up in the Bintang Lima publication is Dyana Sofya, Kit Siang’s pol-sec.
She is interviewed by Scissorati Tashny Sukumaran. Below (see tweet below) is the sort of stories commonly filed by this J-Star reporter Tashny.
The above is a fair sampling of the kind of news slant that the Star Media Group is delivering daily to its 5.63 million audience.
Umno’s election is coming up. The J-Star is quite obviously cheerleading Khairy Jamaluddin.
KJ might have a challenger for the Umno Youth post. To find out more about the man planning to take on KJ, you can pop in at Din Turtle’s — ‘Kenali Akhramsyah, Pencabar Ketua Pemuda KJ – MENARIK NIH!‘
Who wants to bet that the poor guy (Akhram) will be given sly and subtle stabs in the back by the Sneaky Scissors.