Ridhuan Tee at it again / Utusan on Sunday outsells Star

By Hartal MSM

Uppercaise and Sakmongkol in their Jan 16 postings updated respectively on the newspaper circulation numbers and kind of readership. We’re adding our 2 sen here on the Icker factor.

uppercaise blogged:

Metro, Sin Chew are tops, NST bottoms below 80,000

Citing the Audit Bureau of Circulation, uppercaise posted a list of the Top 10-selling papers.

Metro leads the pack with its Sunday edition topping the table and its weekday edition at (3). Rival Malay tabloid Kosmo! places (10) for Sunday edition and (11) for  weekday edition.

In some surprise over how well the Malay tabloid sales are doing, Sakmongkol describes the characteristics of these papers: “… Kosmo, Harian Metro, those mosquito papers written in Malay which are big on sensational stories about artistes’ lives and ghost stories and with the appealing mix of sex, violence and romance are doing well?”

Datuk Sak forgot to mention that their sports coverage — besides the pop singers and starlets spread — also help sell the papers.

Our interest lies in the fourth bestseller; (4) is the Sunday edition of Utusan. The daily Utusan however has slipped to 12th spot with a circulation of 157,831 copies. But how come the Sunday version is nonetheless going strong (almost double its sister weekday paper’s sales) at 370,000 copies?

Sak opines that “… on Sundays, the most popular segment of Mingguan Malaysia is Pancaindera“. We would agree with his assessment of Utusan‘s weekend entertainment pullout (featuring celebrity gossip) as having a lot of mass appeal.

However, we’re also bearing in mind that Utusan on Sunday carries its weekly dose of race poison in the editorial voice Awang Selamat and Chinese-basher extraordinaire Mohd Ridhuan Tee bin Abdullah.

Ridhuan Tee

Sakmongkol commented:

“Just a few weeks ago, the president of NUJ [Hata Wahari] offered some very damning thoughts on the reasons for the overall decline in newspaper circulation. Example: the principal cause for the decline in Utusan Malaysia‘s circulation is its racist tilt. In other words, Utusan Malaysia is racist.
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Coming from a Malay against a Malay vernacular paper is almost blasphemous!”

We’re all by now acquainted with the fact that the one public personality who hits out at the Chinese the hardest is a Chinese himself (or perhaps we should more accurately say was born Chinese).

In his Jan 16 column ‘Gabungan 1Malaysia‘, Ridhuan compared Chinese here with those in Indonesia and why our neighbours who are descended from the Chinese race are, in his opinion, ‘no longer Chinese’. He wrote (excerpt):

Orang Cina Indonesia sudah tidak lagi kelihatan seperti orang Cina seperti di Malaysia. Indonesia mengamalkan asimilasi secara paksaan bermula tahun 1965, apabila jatuhnya rejim komunis pimpinan Sukarno.

Suharto yang menggantikan Sukarno mengambil tindakan drastik memutuskan hubungan orang Cina Indonesia dengan negara asalnya secara kekerasan. Asimilasi dilaksanakan seratus peratus. Cara hidup orang Cina diubah sepenuhnya menjadi orang Indonesia termasuk dari segi nama, pakaian, bahasa, sambutan perayaan dan segala cara hidup yang lain. Rancangan televisyen, radio, filem, sekolah, makalah, perayaan kebesaran dan sebagainya yang ada berbau kecinaan diharamkan. Proses ‘pengIndonesiaan’ berlaku secara ekstrem. Tujuannya tidak lain, untuk membina sebuah negara bangsa. Hal ini tidak banyak bezanya dengan apa yang berlaku di Thailand dan Filipina, tetapi tidak seagresif Indonesia.

Hari ini, orang Cina Indonesia tidak lagi seperti orang Cina.

Pix: If all in Malaysia adopted ‘national’ names like the Indonesians, what would be hers? Haniza?

As Ridhuan has liked to point out countless times before, the assimilation of Chinese in Indonesia was carried out with 100 percent thoroughness.

“The lifestyle of the Chinese is fully transformed to become Indonesian including in name, dressing, language, celebration of festivals and other aspects of life. Television and radio programmes, films, school, periodicals, big festive occasions and other events that have Chinese elements were banned.”

Of course, trust Ridhuan to omit any mention that today after the fall of Suharto, whose long rule imposed the obliteration of Chinese identity, Indonesia’s suppressed minority community is desperately seeking their roots once again.

A fortnight ago, we posted on why we thought Ridhuan was kinda scary. Utusan on Sunday prominently highlighting his articles and the solid circulation figures that show the paper reaches, say, a million-plus readers — more than The Star, Sunday Star and The Sun — is equally scary.

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* How to Calculate Readership: Circulation is the number of newspapers that are printed and distributed each day. Readership reflects the actual number of people who read those newspapers.

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26 Responses to “Ridhuan Tee at it again / Utusan on Sunday outsells Star”
  1. The Chinese has no qualms that you convert to Islam but what annoys the Chinese about you is the you keep presenting your view as a Chinese when the truth is you do not represent the Chinese at all. On the contrary your view is representing yourself as a convert just like shenanigan Mahathir who is not a pure Malay. Like yourself who is not a Malay but is hoping that with whatever you are saying and doing deep down you are hoping to get some benefit out of it and nothing more.
    If you are what you are trying to transform yourself into please drop your surname, Tee, like the million of Indonesian Chinese who do not have a Chinese surname. You can do that by dropping your Chinese tomorrow and declare yourself to be a Malay who are always willing to accept a non Malay to become one as they are short of Malays and that is why Umno has law for you to do so.

    • tony says:

      wrong ! chinese indonesian never drop off their surname nor chinese names. they still maintain their cihinese names just like ‘aka’ …

  2. Ridhuan Tee also conveniently forgets to mention that even though the Indonesian Chinese are totally assimilated, it was a brutal and humiliating process. And yet, the ethnic Chinese were STILL systematically targetted when push comes to shove. Anyone remember the 1998 market crash when the Indon Chinese were being massacred wholesale by the pribumi? And for what reason? Because the Indons blame the Chinese who were “leaching the wealth from the poor Indonesians” – exactly same racial prejudice, hatred and paranoia that Ridhuan Tee is so gleefully fanning now…

    A NYTimes article opined:
    “Thus much of the nation’s cash is in the hands of Chinese businessmen and they are widely resented for it. When times get tough, they know, they are often the scapegoats. Anti-Chinese riots are a thread running through recent Indonesian history — most notably in 1965 when ethnic Chinese were one of the targets in an anti-Communist massacre that took half a million lives.”

    Anyone who wants to deny this should go to youtube and search “Indonesian massacre of Chinese 1998″. I don’t have the heart to put the link here because the images of rape, massacre and pillage are so revolting…

    If Ridhuan Tee is so full of praise for Indonesian forced assimilation of the ethnic Chinese, is he also full of praise for the pribumi’s genocide of the already-assimilated Chinese as well?

    If push finally comes to shove in Malaysia and his fondest wet dream comes true, he better remember to pray that our local pribumi can look past his mata sepet and kulit kuning and conveniently forget his Chinese-ness.

  3. For a litany of Indonesian atrocities against their ethic Chinese citizens, go here.

    http://www.facebook.com/topic.php?uid=9356526887&topic=21659

    For a brief history of the tragic Indonesian Chinese story, go here:

    http://livinginindonesia.info/item/chinese-indonesians/

    What say you, Mr Tee? You really want Malaysia to be as “successful” at assimilating the Chinese as the Indonesians?

  4. cheah sin kooi says:

    I dont know why you people bother about this guy. Everytime he opens his mouth like somebody just farted!!!

  5. telur dua says:

    You called Tee ‘kinda crazy.’

    I call him mind fcuked. Yes, mind fcuked by BTN.

  6. Maz says:

    I dont know why you people bother about this guy. Everytime he opens his mouth like somebody just farted!!!
    =====================================================================================
    IT’S CALLED THE NAZI FARTY……………………

  7. Maz says:

    Interesting how orphaned and abandoned Malays adopted by Straits Chinese families
    in late19th Century grew up to become normal Malaysian Chinese. Or have I missed
    all the fanatical Taoists in Malacca ?????

  8. charleskiwi says:

    Just like shenanigan Mahathir this Ridhuan too, who is not a Malay, is trying so very hard to be a Malay. This is always the case with either the half breeds or with the non Malay like Ridhuan just trying to be a Malay in the process of trying becoming a Malay.
    I would rather died than trying to become someone that I am not
    and worse still with the intension of getting into the gravy train of Umno.

  9. lee says:

    We welcome as many chinese as possible to convert to islam BUT please DON”T kudakan the religion for your own selfish hidden agenda and drag God along to justify your new holier status. DO NOT MAKE USE OF PERKIM TO ATTACK OTHER RACES! PERKIM is supposedly set up to bridge muslims and non-muslims with clear goal of bringing good understanding of islam before conversion.Unfortunately,today we have the top man and his liutenent calling non-muslims king kong,pengkhinat,khafir, receiving great applause from their audience.Perkim has now been bastardised to become a much hated organisation, unlike those days..

  10. steve says:

    I have been to indonesia many times.I know the chinese in JAVA hardly speak any chinese dialet..It is different in Medan where in a coffee shop run by a chinese family i have seen them talking in chinese among themself..Again i like to mention that in big cities like JAKARTA i have seen Chinese writting appearing but not very prominient.Maybe the indonesian goverment is now adopting a liberal policy as they realise the importance of Mandarin as China emerges as a world power.Chinese in indonesia are enjoying the benefits after assimalting with the indonesians.
    For example they can marry a indonesian muslim and convert her to Buddishm or Christianity.When a chinese take a indonesian muslim girl privately they are not arrested for “khalwat” or” zina” It is different in ACHEH (a region) in indonesia as well as Malaysia as UMNO has change the law in cahort with MCA and MIC..THEREFORE IT IS WRONG TO COMPARE MALAYSA AND INDONESIA.

    • hartalmsm says:

      “Chinese in indonesia are enjoying the benefits after assimalting with the indonesians.”

      Actually, the Indon Chinese are NOT “enjoying the benefits after assimalting with the indonesians.” The Indon Chinese identity is finally being officially recognised and accepted after centuries of official prejudice and abuse.

      It was Gus Dur who began to wean the country of its hatred towards the Chinese by un-demonising them. He was the first to allow expressions of Chinese culture, even promoting it and attending Chinese cultural celebrations, thus setting the example for the nation that the Chinese should not be discriminated against.

      Gus Dur was a Muslim cleric. Ironically, so is Ridhuan Tee

  11. Kathrina Sri (ex Noor Aza) says:

    What a joker this ridhuan is; but definitely a dangerous Neo-Nazi! I was in Indonesia and met many Chinese Indonesians who are wearing Western clothing. Besides, just watch Indonesian movies – even the Muslim Indonesians are in Western clothes! I think this double-tongue guy is trying to force Chinese to become ‘Islamicized’ and he would love to see them in primitive Arabic garb; this is the agenda of his article; it’s so obvious!

  12. Maz says:

    “Gus Dur was a Muslim cleric. Ironically, so is Ridhuan Tee”

    CORRECTION ALERT !!

    “Gus Dur was a Muslim cleric. Obivously, so unlike Ridhuan Tee”

    I know you meant well Hartal, but don’t insult Gus Dur’s memory by
    comparing AR Wahid to this Tee-Hee Nazi dung pile

    • Not comparing, but contrasting.

      Gus Dur – a pribumi Muslim cleric recognising the Indon Chinese’s rightful place as citizens and taking concrete steps to heal the country’s ethnophobia.

      Ridhuan Tee – Chinese convert Muslim scholar demonising Malaysian Chinese in the name of Islam and taking every opportunity to fan racial hatred.

      Thus the irony – two influential Muslims, two divergent efforts at racial relationships.

  13. vasantha says:

    I agree with Maz. This guy is suffering from a bad case of attention craving. I say,let’s just assume that he does not exist anymore. Only the good Lord can prescribe a cure for this malady! He is nothing but a tiresome bore and a pest.

  14. Maz says:

    Thus the irony – two influential Muslims, two divergent efforts at racial relationships.
    ==================================================================
    Wrong again I am afraid..!!

    1. Irony presumes there is some inherent (and equivalent) quantitative or qualitative
    value in both items/objects/individuals that are being compared.

    Tee lacks, as far as I can see, any inherent value…since I am not
    particularly religious I do not feel compelled to subscribe to the belief
    that all men (or women) have some inherent value…

    2. Describing Tee’s ranting and psychopathy as an “effort” rather
    than a pathological verbal disease is a stretch…

    3. Calling Tee “influential” is also a stretch………..

    Gus Dur – a pribumi Muslim cleric recognising the Indon Chinese’s rightful place as citizens and taking concrete steps to heal the country’s ethnophobia.
    ==========================================================
    I do very much agree with this description…

    “Just sayin’….”
    Maz

  15. Maz says:

    It was Gus Dur who began to wean the country of its hatred towards the Chinese by un-demonising them. He was the first to allow expressions of Chinese culture, even promoting it and attending Chinese cultural celebrations, thus setting the example for the nation that the Chinese should not be discriminated against.
    ===================================================================================
    All sadly being undone by the Head of the Indonesian Ministry of Religious Affairs and his neo-Fascist
    Jihadist allies in the PK, PPP and PKB parties, all chauvanistic Indonesian neo-Islamic style parties
    (of the UMNO/PAS variety) which are very different in belief and practice from what Gus Dur
    envisioned and actually followed when Leader of Nadhlatul Ulama (NU). Unfortunately, Gus Dur
    was an awful President and technocrat…..multi-tasking was not his strong point (sorry Kiyai !).
    Think of a Pak Lah type..but with a REAL Islam Hadari (not just the blah blah kind we have in Malaysia)
    agenda….

  16. Maz says:

    I think this double-tongue guy is trying to force Chinese to become ‘Islamicized’ and he would love to see them in primitive Arabic garb..*
    =======================================================================
    Katharina…not only Tee..I am sure Nik and Hadi would love to see Kelantanese Chinese
    in Arab garb too ! (“Tak hari ini…jangan kesah laaa…jangan risau lah…sabar…sabar jer !!!”)..

    (*NO Sharif…that IS NOT a cue to post Caliph LGE’s photo again !!)
    ————————————————————————————–
    Waiting for LGE V.2 from Parpukari, Maz. Heard it may have neon lights attached. Yup, the blinking type – shar101.

  17. Paul Warren says:

    You think they would mind if an Ahmad, or Mohammad or Aminah or Rosmah wore a cross and went to church?

  18. Maz says:

    You think they would mind if an Ahmad, or Mohammad or Aminah or Rosmah wore a cross and went to church?
    ============================================================================
    It depends lah…who would have to give Rosmah the communion wafer ????

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