Irma, a reader of this blog, commented @ 2015/02/10 at 8:23 pm,
“If you read the trending tweets, about 80 per cent supporting Anwar and kutuk-ing govt seem to be non-Malays. Very seditious and racist comments, too. Also contempt of court. Let’s see if authorities act against them.”
This happens not only in Twitterverse but elsewhere too – in the social media (Facebook) and in blogosphere.
It does certainly appear as if the non-Malay supporters of Anwar Ibrahim are practising scant restraint in their overdrive to bash the government. And their comments are nasty, to say the least; with regard to Saiful Bukhari Azlan, their remarks are downright vile.
Today, a regular Sun Daily columnist commented on the Anwar sodomy trial and verdict as well – see screenshot below, passages highlighted in yellow.
Tricia Yeoh wrote:
“Opposition Leader Anwar Ibrahim, being sentenced to five years in prison for sodomy, has been criticised by several reputable international organisations, including the International Commission of Jurists, Human Rights Watch and Forum-Asia, given the nature and circumstances under which he was charged in August 2008.
“Many independent observers believe this was selectively and inappropriately carried out in order to spell an end to Anwar’s political career.
“Leaders come and go, but if the justice system has compromised on its own neutrality, integrity and oath to uphold the rule of law, then this is what will be internationally scrutinised in the days and months to come, at the cost of our credibility and inward investment opportunities.” (http://www.thesundaily.my/node/295389)
Although Yeoh has been careful enough to insert the conditional ‘if’, i.e. she had written –
– “if the justice system has compromised on its own neutrality, integrity and oath to uphold the rule of law” –
– still, most readers would take Yeoh’s sentence above as indeed implying that the neutrality and integrity of the Malaysian justice system was likely to have been compromised.
And secondly, readers would understand that Yeoh’s conditional clause (“if … will be”) similarly carries the implication of our country’s credibility taking a nose-dive in the eyes of the international community.
My above reading of Yeoh’s article is the most persuasive as after all, Tricia Yeoh did write that the sodomy trial was believed to have been “selectively and inappropriately carried out in order to spell an end to Anwar’s political career”, albeit she did not claim the opinion to be her own but instead attributed it to “many independent observers”.
Tricia Yeoh is a former staff of the Pakatan Selangor Menteri Besar, Khalid Ibrahim.
The observations that see print in the mainstream English media are aligned with what Irma has described of Anwar supporters who are slamming the government on Twitter.
Be it the print media, broadcast media (e.g. radio stations like BFM), online media or social media, it is the pro-Pakatan opinions that hold sway because it is the opposition people who are given the platform – even in The J-Star which is ostensibly a paper owned by a BN component party.
Plus not only do these Pakatan operatives, apparatchiks and supporters (who are being vociferous on the Anwar verdict) seem to be predominantly non-Malay but they additionally display a contemptuous view of our judicial process.
Being a Christian, it’s perhaps not surprising that Yeoh chose tack on the famous WWJD (What Would Jesus Do) format to her Sun Daily commentary today on the Anwar predicament.
Her rhetorical ‘WWJD’ question asked, “If the Tunku were alive today, one wonders what his opinion would be of the judgment that was so unanimously arrived at on Tuesday this week”. In other words: What would Tunku – the Anak Bangsa Malaysia mascot – do (or think)?
It’s true that Malays are the majority race in this country. However in terms of controlling the airwaves, digital space and column inches, especially in the English language, it is the Chinese Christians who exert a suffocating chokehold.
It is also the Chinese Christians mainly who get to determine what information and narrative are presented to be heard by the general public due to their control of the media industry. Even in a newspaper that is called the M-A-L-A-Y Mail!
[Recommended read: ‘Quran distribution: ‘Hypocrisy of MCCBCHST‘ (Ismaweb, 10 Feb 2015)]
We should not be at all surprised that despite their dominant numbers, the Malays continually feel besieged. This is a case where ‘size does not matter’.
A good number of pro-establishment people are relieved by Anwar’s jail sentence and see Saiful Bukhari as the victim (and not the villain of the piece as what the Pakatan people claim).
In the English language however, we are deprived of adequate media platforms wherein to have our say or to challenge the loud and opinionated Anwaristas.
How is it that Najib Razak paid hundreds of millions to his media advisors and consultants but yet the Malays and Muslims, by and large, remain so stifled and starved of media channels through which to express a pro-government point of view?
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