Day the despicable media doomed our country
Today on Malaysia Day, Hartal MSM as a mediawatch blog would like to put on record the darkest days of media history so that we shall all remember this. Never, ever forget the Tun’s legacy.
We could have had Tengku Razaleigh Hamzah as Malaysia’s Prime Minister.
The media played a significant role in denying our country the best prime minister we never had.
“Through its monopoly of the electronic and printed media, in particular the television channels and the Bahasa Malaysia media, Semangat 46 President, Tengku Razaleigh Harnzah, was depicted as having sold out the Malay honour and race and betrayed the Islamic religion.
As proof, the television channels kept showing Tengku Razaleigh with the Kadazan headgear when he visited Sabah on Oct. 18, alleging that it bore the symbol of the cross, and was final and ultimate proof that Tengku Razaleigh had sold out Islam to Christianity in Sabah.
Both the television and the Bahasa Malaysia media incited Malay communal feelings and religious sensitivities by alleging that Malays throughout the land were rising up in anger against Tengku Razaleigh for such betrayal.
For instance, Utusan Malaysia and Berita Harian of Oct. 19 wired a huge photograph of Tengku Razaleigh with the Kadazan headgear with the so-called cross, which was repeated until polling two days later, to reinforce the incitement of Malay communal sentiments about the betrayal of the Malay race and Islamic religion.
Without access to the media, in particular to television, there was no way for Semangat 46 to counter these lies and falsehoods in the last days of the campaign and prevent the Malays who were predisposed to vote Semangat 46 and Ggagsan Rakyat from being panicked and stampeded back to the Umno fold.
Tengku Razaleigh would have been detained under the ISA if he had used picture of Dr. Mahathir’s wearing the Kadazan tengolok to campaign that the Prime Minister had sold out Malay honour and race and betrayed Islam to Christianity.
There is no doubt that the utterly irresponsible and dishonourable final campaign of Umno, through its monopoly of the electronic and Bahasa Malaysia printed media, in the last three days of the campaign using the Kadazan tengolok to spread the lies that Tengku Razaleigh had sold out the Malay honour and race and betrayed Islam was chiefly responsible for Umno’s ability to win 71 seats and to deny Semangat 46 victory in at least 30 Parliamentary seats.”
Yes, Dr. Mahathir had won, but utterly without honour.
— excerpt taken from Lim Kit Siang’s speech recounting Umno’s dirty tricks during the 1990 general election campaign.
For today’s unfortunate generation, he bestows upon us his changeling Perkasa and his son Mukhriz who only knows to echoes his old man.
Many Malaysians would desperately wish that the irrevocable damage wrought by the media could somehow — miraculously — be undone …
Do the Sabahans just as desperately wish that 1963 could have been undone?