Yup, PAS and Umno have been meeting
Ustaz Nasharudin Mat Isa was appointed to head the Global Movement of Moderates on 28 Oct 2015.
Let’s compare the J-Star‘s coverage of GMM under Ustaz Nasha and earlier under Saifuddin Abdullah.
In the month of December, i.e. during Ustaz Nasha’s tenure, there were two J-Star stories mentioning GMM.
- 6 Dec 2015: ‘Propelling Malaysia’s moderation to the world’
- 13 Dec 2015: ‘Syariah in Malaysia: Experts weigh in’
Earlier in November, there were also two J-Star stories mentioning GMM. (Note: The Nov 20 article makes a passing mention of the GMM Declaration but no mention of Ustaz Nasha.)
- 15 Nov 2015: ‘GMM: Paris attackers are all cowards’
- 20 Nov 2015: ‘Asean Summit: Heavy workload awaits leaders starting to arrive today‘
So all in all, four stories with a mention of ‘GMM’ over two months (Nov-Dec 2015), according to Google search results.
Nest of Evangelistas loves Saifuddin
Now let’s compare with the coverage given to GMM when Saifuddin was CEO. We’ll take Aug-Sept 2015.
(October is given a miss as this was the month when Pudin and Nasha overlapped in their respective chairmanship of the organization.)
The J-Star had seven stories mentioning GMM in September 2015 — Google search url here — during Pudin’s tenure at the foundation. The stories were in the Firster template with titles like, for example, ”Spread love, not hate online’.
The J-Star also had seven stories mentioning GMM in August 2015 — Google search url here — under such feel-good headlines as ‘Creating harmony’, ‘Moving moderation forward’ and ‘Unite under common values’.
Blatantly different treatment given the two men
The MCA paper gave GMM-Saifuddin coverage in fourteen stories over two months (Aug-Sept 2015), according to Google search results.
Contrast: Ustaz Nasha (4) and Saifuddin (14) stories. The J-Star‘s bias against the former and favourable treatment of the latter is clear as daylight.
It makes you think that the MCA paper has no love lost for Ustaz Nasha, ya? But that’s okay, Ustaz Nasha has better things to do then hoping to be in The J-Star‘s good graces.
Keep up the good work Ustaz Nasha and all the best.
BELOW: Ustaz Nasha with PAS Mursyidul Am Harun Din and Umno Minister in charge of Islamic affairs, Jamil Khir Baharom