J-Star’s Low Yat conspiracy theory is spinning suspicion of Malay establishment
Cabinet must demand that the MCA president gives an accounting for the venomous behaviour of the Gunting media owned by his party.
In her column today, former J-Star acting group editor June Wong stuck her poison-tipped scissors into the back of the Low Yat anatomy.
In the two-faced guise of ‘Let’s stop the fear and suspicion‘ (her article headline), Wong injected even more fear and more suspicion among her non-Malay readers.
Wong introduced her conspiracy theory on the premise that “we cannot help but wonder why this violence occurred in the first place when it was just a case of cheating or theft”. She made her skepticism abundantly clear.
She then proceeded to ask, “is it normal behaviour for the thief’s accomplice to round up a big group of his friends to seek revenge on the shopkeepers who had helped nab the duo?”
Continuing with her suspicions, Wong wrote:
“One would think that after being questioned by the police and allowed off, he would be thanking his lucky stars he wasn’t locked up, and would quietly go home and fret over whether he should confess to his parents. Instead, he boldly returned with a mob to the mall and, in full view, attacked people and destroyed property.
“It is said he lied about being cheated by the phone salesman. Again, is it a normal reaction for people to coalesce into a group to seek revenge on behalf of friends this way?”
Wong is suggesting that the behaviour of the Malay youth is abnormal. The J-Star senior editor then asked, “What was said to incite these men to such rage to brazenly break the law?”
So what’s she driving at?
Wong then threw the RM64,000 question – “why did more people so easily and quickly believe it and again gather at Low Yat the next day to violently show their displeasure?”
In the line that June Wong is taking above, she sounds a whole lot like Hannah’s BFF Yee Siew Meng whose letter two days ago was headlined ‘We must not give in to fear‘. (Wong’s article headline today is ‘Let’s stop the fear and suspicion‘.)
The evangelical Christian Yee Siew Meng had penned the insinuation that “political monsters” had had a hand in the Low Yat riot, that “certain quarters” instigated the violence and more particularly, that “a desperate political party” had incited young, disenfranchised Malay youths to riot.
June Wong’s veiled conspiracy theory is not too far from Yee’s. Except that Yee had made outright allegations and only stopping short of naming the political party being fingerpointed, Wong is more cautious. The experienced EvangeliSTAR writer chose to expound her ‘thesis’ in the form of a series of rhetorical questions.
Regardless, one would still have to be pretty thick not to be able to discern the subversive J-Star‘s political allegiance as well as the paper’s subtle act of sabotage. Rather than cooling temperatures, Wong has stirred up more uncertainties.