The Star and being Malaysian

― The Malaysian Insider
May 10, 2013

MAY 10 ― Nothing is more nauseating than hypocrisy.

After weeks and months of driving a wedge between races in Malaysia and contributing to the “Chinese tsunami” myth in its coverage, The Star has now decided it is time for reconciliation and unity.

So, today, it has a front page montage of many happy faces of Malaysians, topped off with a headline “We are Malaysia”.

Are we now expected to forget the attempts by The Star and its owner MCA to pit Muslims against non-Muslims through its hudud-bashing articles and advertisements? Didn’t they realise that the hudud bashing was offensive to Muslims and other God-fearing people? Didn’t the editors bother about national unity then?

Are we expected to suffer from amnesia and forget reports by The Star’s editors and columnists aimed at portraying the DAP as a chauvinist party and PAS, extremists?

Now that its slavish adherence to MCA’s strategy has resulted in a near-complete rejection by Malaysians, the party-owned newspaper has decided to play the unity card and talk up reconciliation.

Reconciliation, whether by Putrajaya or by its media, is only possible if there is sincerity.

And the starting point for the mainstream media is by giving fair coverage to all. Not salivating that Azmin Ali is causing some furore because he is not in the running to be mentri besar for Selangor, while conveniently forgetting to ask pointed questions about MCA’s continued relevance or why Gary Lim was fielded despite the charges against him.

Reconciliation is only possible if The Star and other media stop believing that a few column inches a day to the Opposition will qualify as being “balanced and fair”. Remember, more than 50 per cent of Malaysians voted for Pakatan Rakyat.

Gimmicks and symbolic gestures will not work. A contrived campaign to promote “We are Malaysia” will not work if you don’t accept that many Malaysians voted for change ― and that includes how the mainstream media functions.

  1. #1 by undertaker888 on Saturday, 11 May 2013 - 8:37 am

    see nasi lemak movie . umno says unity they will parrot unity.

  2. #2 by Jane Lee on Saturday, 11 May 2013 - 9:07 am

    Indeed, hypocrite.

  3. #3 by Winston on Saturday, 11 May 2013 - 10:16 am

    MCA is finished!
    So is Star which is owned by them.

  4. #4 by lee tai king (previously dagen) on Saturday, 11 May 2013 - 10:26 am

    Half a centuary of clowning. By now the skill is well mastered. In fact it has become ingrained in the body and soul of the party. Can we expect mca not to clown on?

  5. #5 by sheriff singh on Saturday, 11 May 2013 - 11:22 am

    If Star is synonymous with MCA, why is it still kicking ?

  6. #6 by john on Saturday, 11 May 2013 - 12:09 pm

    YES indeed the star is full of hypocrisy (fullstop)
    Their “editors” namely wong ? , jocel ? are disgraced to their peers in the same profession.
    All these are just lapdogs of Bumno/bn first, journalism is of their least concern. DISGRACE !

  7. #7 by vsp on Saturday, 11 May 2013 - 4:55 pm

    Wong Chun Wai’s head should roll for being a hypocrite; Joceline Tan should be undressed for what she is: a political prostitute infamous for her ugly spin.

  8. #8 by Loh on Sunday, 12 May 2013 - 6:09 pm

    ///Nigel Aw | 5:36PM May 12, 2013 | 8
    UiTM pro-chancellor Abdul Rahman Arshad says they are a barrier towards racial unity and favours a single stream Malay-language school system.

    Former Court of Appeal Judge Mohd Noor Abdullah says the Chinese wants political power despite having economic power.///—Malaysiakini

    It seems that the seditious act is not relevant to them but to people who discuss election results!

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