Who’s the bad guy in Taman Medan? THINK DEEPER
“50 people took it upon themselves to resort to thuggery,” said the NST editorial today on the Taman Medan incident concerning the church cross.
NST considered the protest as one deserving of the label “mindless acts of hatred and intolerance” as well as demonstrating “a regrettable level of religious tolerance among Malaysians”.
The editorial also took it upon itself to lecture, “Arguments that it [the cross] could attract their children away from Islam only embarrasses the religion”.
Intolerant bigots, cries the NST
In the editorial titled ‘No place for intolerance‘ (23 April 2015), NST made out the four dozen or so Taman Medan residents – who had protested against the church cross – to be thugs. The paper also demands that religious bigots not be allowed to get away unpunished.
Well, it does look like NST is ganging up with its fellow English-language newspapers The J-Star and The Sun Daily, the latter whose Letter of the Day today is headlined ‘Public abhorrence against cross mobsters a positive sign‘.
The Sun Daily‘s lead letter by a Christian, Joseph Paul of Seremban, characterizes the Taman Medan G50 as “the mob of self-proclaimed Muslim stalwarts”, participating in “mob activity” and “misguided rabble-rousers” on top of being “arrogant”, “rude” and “very un-Malaysian”.
Jan – June 2014 newspaper circulation figures
- Sin Chew – 379,504
- Harian Metro – 313,690
- The Sun Daily – 305,473
- The J-Star – 291,068
- Kosmo! – 197,202
- Utusan – 171,663
- NST – 74,711
Source: Audit Bureau of Circulations, Malaysia
Thugs, mobsters and racists, say the English papers
Nampaknya the Taman Medan folks kena bambu kaw-kaw – slammed by the smallest circulation mainstream English paper, the NST, to the most widely distributed tabloid, the free paper Sun.
The Umno-owned English daily called them thugs.
They are called “mobsters” in The Sun Daily.
Meanwhile The J-Star screams racism (standard cry of the EvangeliSTAR) and at the same time pushes a self-serving conspiracy theory, claiming in its editorial yesterday, “it is clear that those involved are playing dangerous political games”
The J-Star reporter who covered the Taman Medan event called the protest “sheer stupidity”.
It sure does look like J-Star Dapster reporters such as Nicholas Cheng are inspired in their choice of vocabulary by their DAP icons such as Mama (her Twitter exchange below with the infamous cina™ @YouTiup). Madame Speaker had ascribed “stupidity” too, to one particularly pugnacious BN politician.
MCA = DAP = MCA
Hannah Yeoh further poured oil on the Christian vs Muslim tensions by alluding to the Taman Medan protestors as extremists.
MCA wants the G50 investigated for sedition.
DAP and MCA are on the same page and not bothering to hide it anymore. MCA went into a frenzy issuing press statements and its Nest of Evangelista media gave the confrontation daily saturation coverage in its pages.
BELOW: Jahabar Sadiq (TMI), Lee Hwa Beng (MCA), Lim Guan Eng & Zairil Khir Johari (DAP)
MCA has sacked Lee Hwa Beng. When is Umno going to sack MCA?
“White Man speak with forked tongue”
The polarization between English-language speakers and Malay-language speakers is visible to see. While the media commentary in English (including the NST‘s) has been very harsh on the Taman Medan G50, the opinions expressed in Malay, on the other hand, take the opposite tack.
This dichotomy illustrates how a person’s stand (stance) depends on where he sits. The perspective from the Malay worldview and the perspective of those who are Western-inclined are situated on two different planes. In other words, how an event is interpreted is also coloured by the storyteller’s point of view.
In spaghetti Westerns produced in the Hollywood studio, the cowboys are always the heroes while the “Red Indians” are invariably the bad guys. A typical trope is that of the white settler families in their wagons surrounded by whooping Red Indians shooting arrows.
Yet the ‘Circle the Wagon’ scene depicting the band of Red Indians as the villain is merely one small piece of the big tapestry and giving a false impression and erroneous understanding of the real situation.
It was really the native Red Indians who were encircled and endangered by the foreign invaders.
Hullo, the Red Indians were the victims!
The Indian tribes were the natives of America, both in the north and south of the continent.
Christians were the invaders, destroyers who sailed from Europe. They came and they conquered (called Christian ‘Conquistadors’ in South America).
It was the White Man who attacked and killed the Indians. The White Man had guns and cannons. The “redskins” only had tomahawks, bows and knives.
It was the White Man who stole Indian land and drove the original inhabitants from their ancestral homes.
Laments the Indian: “To us the ashes of our ancestors are sacred and their resting place is hallowed ground. You wander far from the graves of your ancestors and seemingly without regret.” – Chief Seattle
A ‘LOVE’ THAT KILLS
Trail of Tears
“At the beginning of the 1830s, nearly 125,000 Native Americans lived on millions of acres of land in Georgia, Tennessee, Alabama, North Carolina and Florida – land their ancestors had occupied and cultivated for generations. By the end of the decade, very few natives remained anywhere in the southeastern United States.”
“Working on behalf of white settlers who wanted to grow cotton on the Indians’ land, the federal government forced them to leave their homelands and walk thousands of miles to a specially designated ‘Indian territory’ across the Mississippi River. This difficult and sometimes deadly journey is known as the Trail of Tears.”
It was an Apocalypse alright
It was the paleface who massacred the Indian nations. It was the Christians who perpetrated genocide and destroyed a people and their culture and way of life.
Yet the whites and the cowboys are portrayed as the good guys in pop culture. Huh?
So don’t believe all the stories spun to you over popcorn.
The Suquamish tribe – to which Chief Seattle (pix) belonged – had lived in central Puget Sound, in the north west coast of North America, for approximately 10,000 years. Then came the deadly Christians …
“All told, the North American Indian population within the area of the 48 contiguous states of the United States, an aggregate group which had probably numbered in excess of 12 million in the year 1500, was reduced by official estimates to barely more than 237,000 four centuries later. This vast genocide historically paralleled in its magnitude and degree only by that which occurred in the Caribbean Basin is the most sustained on record. Corresponding almost perfectly with this upper-90th-percentile erosion of indigenous population by 1900 was the expropriation of about 97.5 percent of native land by 1920. The situation in Canada was/is entirely comparable.” See, ‘History Not Taught is History Forgot: Columbus’ Legacy of Genocide‘
Excerpts from the text of Chief Seattle’s Treaty Oration – 1854
“The white chief says that Big Chief at Washington sends us greetings of friendship and goodwill.
“This is kind of him for we know he has little need of our friendship in return. His people are many. They are like the grass that covers vast prairies. My people are few. They resemble the scattering trees of a storm-swept plain.
“The great, and I presume – good, White Chief sends us word that he wishes to buy our land but is willing to allow us enough to live comfortably. This indeed appears just, even generous, for the Red Man no longer has rights that he need respect, and the offer may be wise, also, as we are no longer in need of an extensive country.”
“Soon they will fill all the land”
“There was a time when our people covered the land as the waves of a wind-ruffled sea cover its shell-paved floor, but that time long since passed away with the greatness of tribes that are now but a mournful memory. I will not dwell on, nor mourn over, our untimely decay, nor reproach my paleface brothers with hastening it, as we too may have been somewhat to blame.
“Youth is impulsive. When our young men grow angry at some real or imaginary wrong, and disfigure their faces with black paint, it denotes that their hearts are black, and that they are often cruel and relentless, and our old men and old women are unable to restrain them. Thus it has ever been.” – Chief Seattle
“No; we are two distinct races with separate origins and separate destinies. There is little in common between us.” – Chief Seattle
Remember how The Sneaky Star tried to manufacture consent?
The J-Star slanted its report to mislead readers that the Taman Medan Malays actually did not mind the presence of the new evangelical church with its huge cross.
The paper (online version) kicked off its breaking news article by quoting a fast food outlet Malay manager, aged 50, as saying that she had no problem with the church operating there. The J-Star then quoted, secondly, a 60-year-old van driverwho said he does not see a problem either “as long as they don’t disturb anyone”.
It is evident that the Nest of Evangelistas was cherrypicking quotes from interviewees so that its selective presentation framed the story in the manner of their desired Bangsa Malaysia narrative, which in actual fact is quite contrary to the truth out there.
The paper misrepresented the issue to paint a false positive about the presence of the minority Christians evangelizing in Taman Medan albeit giving a nod to “mixed feelings” of the majority Malay residents.
Subsequent coverage of the Taman Medan affair saw the J-Star desperately trying to set its pro-Christian agenda and twisting to favour and to fit the storyline which the EvangeliSTAR already had in mind.
The unhappiness among conservative BN crowd from this episode is going to impact negatively on Umno due to the opposition’s control of public perception through media and making the Malay party members look bad.
Najib Razak’s popularity with the Umno grassroots whose votes will be surely be affected from this Taman Medan fallout because the PM is allowing the evangelista media to get away with their demonizing of the Malay Muslims.