UPDATED (11.18pm): Alvin announces that he has got 2,000-plus new Facebook followers in the last 12 hours
MCA has condemned Alvin Tan’s latest stunt “abusing the Holy Quran” and “offending Muslims” – press statement today by its Religious Harmony bureau chairman, here.
The J-Star, the (online) paper owned by MCA, is so far silent on this piece of anti-Islam news.
The paper’s silence is in contrast to the total of 17 articles on Alvin and Vivian it published just in one weekend alone when Malaysians were first introduced to the sex couple’s porn material.
Alvin-and-Vivian related stories published in The J-Star over three-day weekend in October 2012:
- Six articles on Friday (Oct 19)
- Seven articles on Saturday (Oct 20)
- Four articles on Sunday (Oct 21)
Even Wong Chun Wai and Aunty June Wong (at one time J-Star acting group editor) had weighed in on the hot topic.
Who are the Alvin fans?
The Nest of Evangelistas is more interested when Alvin offends our media censors and morality gatekeepers than when he offends Islam.
Alvin’s Facebook currently has more than 86,000 ‘Likes’ and he hopes to breach the 100,000 mark soon.
Talking just a short while ago about his social media presence and “Onward to 100K followers*!!!”, Alvin believes that his fan base would grow from among those who like his posts on “the religion of peace”.
The correlation mentioned by Alvin – i.e. between attracting new fans and linkage to his criticisms of Islam – is proven by his FB stats.
Alvin received more than 4,000 new ‘likes’ from Facebookers this week with his tirade against Islam and the Prophet – see the sharp spike in the line graph below.
The J-Star knows who Alvin’s fans are. They must overlap with the hundreds of thousands of page views the paper’s online got on its Alvin stories:
- ‘Porn blog couple causes furore’ (17 Oct 2012) — 86,649 page views immediately on J-Star online
- ‘Vivian Lee defends postings of her erotic pictures and videos with boyfriend (18 Oct 2012) — 85,675 page views immediately on J-Star online
Utusan, on the other hand, barely reported on Alvin’s sensational sex shenanigans during the same period.
However, it looks like Alvin’s provocation of Islam is going to get the same silent treatment in The J-Star this time, and the story buried just like how the City Harvest corruption trial was similarly buried.
As Raja Petra Kamarudin said last week, “The Star is now serving DAP while its salary is paid by MCA”.