As of this morning, news about Alvin Tan’s desecration of the Quran has not been reported by The J-Star, Malaysiakini, Free Malaysia Today, The Heat Online or The Ant Daily either.
The Malay Mail Online and The Malaysian Insider only reported on the episode tangentially, i.e. through related news items but not in a straight news report with regard to what Alvin actually did. And even this oblique reference is published in their bahasa Melayu portal alone.=
That the general Malaysian public who are Chinese have failed to grasp the gravity of Alvin’s offence is in part due to their having been conditioned by the anti-establishment media. They’ve been indoctrinated for too long with determinedly skewed coverage. News deemed detrimental to the opposition agenda is buried.
What the oppo media spin has resulted in is a tremendously self-reverential and blinkered outlook among the Chinese. These news providers cultivate an alternate reality by telling the Chinese only what they wish to hear as well as confirming their biases.
Singapore’s roving ambassador Bilahari Kausikan is correct to characterize these people as delusional. They are living in their own ethnic silos in echo chambers sheltered from any meaningful understanding of Muslim sensitivities.
And today as we can see, the media is covering up the Alvin provocation as if those Muslims who feel extremely offended are unaware of the 800lb gorilla in the room. The offence against the Quran will not disappear merely because the oppo are engaged in a conspiracy of silence to cover up.
It is this very same attitude and approach by the media in carrying out black propaganda against Muslim institutions and personalities, while at the same time whitewashing the evangelical Christians, that has bred the hubris.
Just because the oppo media are scuttling the story into a black hole does not mean that it did not happen.
As the MCA’s Ti Lian Ker said yesterday in his press statement – which was not reported by the newspaper under the ownership of his own political party – the offensive images are already viral in the social media and being widely circulated on Whatsapp.
There will be repercussions to the media’s long-standing and deliberate indulgence in the sins of commission and omission.
The chickens are coming home to roost as a consequences of the DAP’s thorough dominance of public perception to the point that its supporters are utterly divorced from reality.
Remember that any potential backlash is attributable to the collusion of the Nest of Evangelistas. Umno must hold the MCA accountable for the actions – and inaction – of the latter’s media empire.