Stop pretending to be the people’s paper
On Monday, The Star published a commentary ‘Stop pretending to be in power’ by Baradan Kuppusamy saying the Pakatan Rakyat should stop living an illusion by pretending to be the Perak government when Pakatan is actually the opposition.
It’s amazing that a commentary that lacks depth and hardly a whiff of an attempt to make it appear objective is allowed to be published in a newspaper that presumes to call itself ‘The people’s paper’?
Which people is The Star speaking for and to when it allows a commentary that only dishes out the arguments of one party and ignores those of the other party. And what about the opinions of civil societies (the Malaysian Bar included) and the Perakians themselves?
There are a few fundamental issues that the commentary has ignored in its rush to present its case against the Pakatan Rakyat:
· The opposing view was not presented – there were no arguments and counter-arguments presented that would subsequently lead to the readers to form their opinions. There seemed to be the need to shove down one train of thought down their throats.
· The “coup e’etat” and the circumstances in which the Barisan “took over” were conveniently ignored. Please grant the readers more intelligence than that!
· Statements like Pakatan Rakyat pretending to be in power to “keep alive the flames of grievance among Pakatan members and supporters in the state” are unsubstantiated. The writer has not attempted to support this statement and several others like this with any facts or analysis.
· Very preachy in nature, condescending even. It would have been better if the commentary had gone along the lines of suggesting that the Nizar “government” should start re-strategising. That would have beem a neutral ways of presenting arguments / opinions.
Sure, The Star has its political masters to serve and ensure they remain in power. But there still should be an attempt to be impartial. At least APPEAR TO BE as impartial / objective / balanced as it is humanly possible.
But perhaps this commentary on the Pakatan government in Perak is Baradan’s make-good attempt for his commentary ‘Tee Keat takes the hard – but right – course’ which riled up Najib Razak terribly the very day it was published. The Prime Minister’s Office immediately issued a statement refuting the commentary’s suggestion that the BN was indifferent towards the PKFZ issue.
If so, it is alas too little, too late and too lame.