Do you remember how The J-Star hijacked the recent rally for Gaza and made it appear as if the Christians were the most prominent participants at Dataran Merdeka to support the Palestinians?
Today I’m reminded of “ambulance chasers”.
When families are grieving and the occasion sad and solemn, some litigation lawyers still would circle like vultures around their prey.
BELOW: Today’s front page of J-Star Online
Merajuk at failure to take over Putrajaya
It is tragicomic how The J-Star veers from one extreme to another. The paper either gives wall-to-wall coverage like today on MH17 or it feigns indifference like during our national day last year.
The MCA paper was then so disdainful of Merdeka that news about the Independence celebrations only began in J-Star‘s page 20. This is such great contrast to the patriotic Malay papers which all had the Merdeka parade on their front page.
One Malay daily even to the extent of featuring a wraparound, i.e. huge front page photo bleeding into the back/last page.
Blogger Ellese noted, “Star did not cover the Merdeka news as main news. Not even second page or third page. It’s covered in page 20 onwards”. See, ‘How can Star belittle Merdeka’ (1 Sept 2013) in Hak Bersuara.
It goes to show that the MCA paper’s agenda setting is editorially contrived if not pure opportunism when it chooses to play up certain stories, and manipulation when it elects to play down or black out others.
MERDEKA! Tunku’s Anak Malaysia prototype with mata sepet
Agong put beneath Guan Eng
The J-Star also placed the news of the Yang DiPertuan Agong officially opening the first session of Parliament on Page 12, with the Agong’s photo below that of Lim Guan Eng — see scan of the paper’s 26 June 2013 edition.
The June sitting was the first time that Parliament convened following the 5th May Chinese tsunami election.
Preceding the Agong on Page 12, the Christian paper carried – between pages 1 and 11 – stories on how air-cons were selling like hot cakes, “Lovers jetty” collapsed, AirAsia adding Hangzhou route, ‘Bid & Win’ contest, the youngest Best Actress, and married couple nabbed for break-ins.
On pages 7, 9 & 11 were full colour advertisements.
The J-Star must have been really sore at Pakatan failing to grab Putrajaya and hence the snub to symbols of Malay authority such as the Agong.
Yahudi dan Nasrani
The air force belonging to the world’s most militarized country clearly wants to reduce Gaza to rubble.
What we’ve seen in the Palestinian territories is massive destruction. Those people repeatedly bombing Gaza City want nothing but to destroy.
BELOW: Shejaiya, Gaza City on 26 July 2014
Photo: Majdi Fathi/Corbis
& their crocodile tears
A recurring question in my blog is “What kind of people are they?”
Wailing loudly in public. Beating their chest about “injured & dead children” but dunno who, dunno where, dunno how they were killed.
One thing I have to agree with @hannahyeoh though. Men should indeed learn from history.
The more you know what some people actually do (their real deeds), the less inclined you are to believe the words that roll off their sugar-coated tongues.
Let’s examine the evangelistas’ true stand on Gaza.
BELOW: Potus with hand on Bible
American Bible Belt
The USA is not a theocracy but it is nonetheless a Christian country. The president and members of Congress take their oath of office swearing on a Bible.
Obama in his 2013 inaugural address said:
“My fellow Americans, the oath I have sworn before you today, like the one recited by others who serve in this Capitol, was an oath to God and country, not party or faction.”
The Christian ‘togetherness’ talk
Second-term president Obama spoke a lot about togetherness in his sophomore inauguration speech:
- “what binds this nation together is not the colours of our skin”
- “We made ourselves anew, and vowed to move forward together.”
- “Together we determined that …”
- “Together we discovered that …”
- “Together we resolve that a great nation must care for the vulnerable and protect its people from life’s worst hazards and misfortune.”
- “we must do these things together, as one nation, and one people”
- “we will seize [the moment], so long as we seize it together“
It looks like DAP leaders have learned well their political vocabulary from the Americans. The DAP evangelistas inject in their Doubletalk a lot of the same stock phrases too – “together”, “anew” (ubah), “move forward”, “care”, “one nation (under God)”.
As a great nation, the USA must “protect its people from life’s worst hazards and misfortune”, said its president. This protection however only applies to American citizens. Muslims in Afghanistan, Pakistan and Iraq on the other hand get bombed when America conducts its “War on Terror”.
Or is it more accurate to say War on Islam?
BELOW: Obama called upon God to bless America
USA arms Israel
A reserve stockpile of ammunition stored by the American military in Israel is estimated to be worth US$1 billion. Last month, grenades and mortar rounds from this stockpile were released to the Jewish state, see ‘US supplies Israel with bombs amid Gaza blitz‘ (Aljazeera, 31 July 2014).
The United States is an ally of Israel, the only democracy in the Middle East, and evangelistas are Israel’s staunchest supporters.
A fortnight ago, a group of more than 50 pastors visited Gaza in a mission organized by Christians United For Israel (CUFI) to declare to the world that Christian evangelistas stood with Israel during its time of need.
BELOW: CUFI evangelical pastors view Iron Dome
Photo: Sean Savage / JSN.org
Loss of tourism revenue
The military operation codenamed ‘Protective Edge’, to shield Jews from Hamas rockets, had caused Israel to suffer a drastic reduction in the number of tourists scared away due to the eruption of violence.
Most fortunately, the courageous CUFI evangelical pastors – altogether 51 of them who represented every single American state plus the District of Columbia (DC) – were not deterred. One of them, Pastor Victor Styrsky, said he heard that 95 percent of trips to Israel had been canceled.
The CUFI evangelical group felt that their show of Christian solidarity was both necessary and timely in light of how much stress the Israeli Jews are coming under.
The Jewish residents “seem war weary and fatigued”, Pastor Ron Sebesta of the Light of Mission Viejo Church told the Jewish News Service (JNS) during the group’s stopover at Sderot, a city on Israel’s side of the border with Gaza.
Solid support from Congress
After visiting Sderot and “getting a first-hand view of Gaza”, the pastors went to Ashdod to see Israel’s Iron Dome missile defense system, said the JNS report headlined ‘Evangelical pastors from all US states show solidarity with Israel at conflict’s frontline‘ (15 Aug 2014).
“We want to do everything we can to tell our congregations and our leaders to support Israel,” Pastor Sebesta said.
The Christian Zionists’ political action movement has a strong influence over the Republicans who control both chambers of Congress, which comprises the Senate and the House of Representatives.
On Aug 4, the Iron Dome received an additional US$225 million in emergency funding after Obama signed the bill passed by the Senate.
BELOW: Evangelical pastors view Gaza from Sderot hilltop
Evangelistas – Christians who are Zionists
Christian Zionism is a belief that the return of Jews to Israel is in line with a biblical prophecy that must be fulfilled in order to usher in the Messianic age.
For Zion’s sake will I not hold my peace, and for Jerusalem’s sake I will not rest.
Televangelists such as Jerry Falwell, Pat Robertson and Benny Hinn used their huge TV platform to mobilize support for the Zionists because the prophesied role of Israel in Armageddon (the battle of Good vs Evil) is central to their vision of the second coming of Jesus.
Rev. Robertson, for example, believes that God promised Israel to the Jews, and objects to Israel giving up its illegal West Bank settlements.
The CUFIs have pledged that “the modern State of Israel is the fulfillment of this historic right” of God’s chosen people to the ancient land of the Jews.
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Munafik and the art of dissembling
The DAP evangelistas have displayed their chameleon talents in many areas and even succeeded in worming their way into the mosques and suraus.
They are capable of doing anything –
recite some Quranic verse,
quote a Hadith or two,
talk about the glory of Islamic civilization and the Umar Abdul Aziz caliphate,
or even to memorize a short speech in Arabic … whatever it takes
– just to hoodwink their target audience.
Bomb ’em back to the Stone Age
But what do you think the evangelistas really, truly feel about the Muslims? Do you think that the death of a Muslim breaks their heart?
Did they protest when America – the country with the largest number of Christians in the world – bombed the poor Muslim countries?
Evangelista behaviour is quite predictable. Hannah Yeoh wailed (dunno who, dunno where) but “the killing has to stop!” Her fellow evangelista, J-Star CEO Wong Chun Wai wrote more or less the same in his column more than five years ago during one of Israel’s previous attacks on Gaza.
They lament “the killing has to stop”; it is the politically correct stance to take when you live in a Muslim country. They might say too, let’s feed all the poor and hungry of the world, and then drive around Subang looking for dry Bak Kut Teh and complain about parking.
Remember how J-Star pitched “national reconciliation” after the tsunami?
A reader Dandy commented @ 2014/08/21 at 6:35 pm,
“at least in times of sadness and big disasters, everyone is united. Unless you are a sadist and not Malaysian.”
The downing of an airliner.
The Ebola virus.
Depressing Gaza on the world news.
The evangelistas line up these three events neatly in row to prove that they’re Malaysian First.
And not “sadists”. Yes, we are united in love. Why not?