Najib mentioned ‘ethnic cleansing’, Star didn’t report

The three most viewed stories in Star Online at the time of writing are:

  • ‘I never saw it coming, says feng shui master who lost left hand’
  • ‘First to breakfast, then to brothel raid’
  • ‘Singapore woman ordered to pay alimony to ex-hubby’

The most important event happening in the country — Najib Razak’s speech at the Umno general assembly — merited only 6th placing among the most read stories of the day in Star‘s news portal. Instead, Malaysians access Star for the sort of trashy tabloid stories like the popular Top 3 above. How low the paper has sunk.

You can read the full text of Najib’s speech in Malay at the Prime Minister’s Office website.

Najib said:

62.   Apa yang saya perkatakan ini tidak menghairankan. Di abad ke-20 kita telah dipampangkan dengan kes-kes hukuman tanpa perbicaraan di Amerika Syarikat, tragedi “holocaust” di Benua Eropah, penyembelihan rakyat Palestine di Asia Barat serta penghapusan etnik di Bosnia dan Rwanda. Jadi, bayangkanlah, apakah kesudahannya, jika setiap generasi rakyat Malaysia mengambil pendirian untuk mempersoal kewajaran kontrak sosial kebangsaan yang telah dimuafakatkan pendahulu mereka sebelum ini.

Malaysiakini reported it in English as “What I am saying is not surprising. In the 20th century, we have seen cases of lynching in the United States, the holocaust tragedy in Europe, the slaughter of Palestinians in the Middle East and the ethnic cleansing in Bosnia and Rwanda. Imagine, what the outcome will be if every generation of Malaysians question the social contract which were agreed upon by their forefathers.”

See also Hartal posting yesterday on this.

Yet the Star report fails to make any mention of such a significant portion of Najib’s speech.

Najib also said:

95.  Berpasaklah kepada parti UMNO. Bertetaplah kepada panji-panji Barisan Nasional. Walau berkecai tulang dan juga badan, walau bercerai jasad dari nyawa. Saudara dan saudari, walau apa pun yang terjadi, Putrajaya mesti kita pertahankan!

Malaysiakini reported the above as, “Even if our bodies are crushed and our lives lost, brothers and sisters, whatever happens, we must defend Putrajaya.”

Again, the Star failed to report the above rousing ‘untuk agama, bangsa, negara’ battle-cry by the Umno president.

We’d earlier been calling the paper a sniveler. We were being kind. ‘Sniveling’ is way too mild a word to describe the paper that has self-censored the PM’s speech to a sanitized wishy-washiness.

Just like how Star readers in November 2007 would not have known, from the paper, about the impact of the history-changing Bersih rally, its readers today would not be able to realize the import of what Najib just told the Umno delegates. Because the paper had expunged the mentions above.

Once more, the paper is keeping Malaysians in the dark about something so very important. How does one describe this act of Bowdlerization by the Star?

We can think of some choice words but they’re not printable.

See also our previous posting ‘Voters, dare to ask DAP this’.

Comments
9 Responses to “Najib mentioned ‘ethnic cleansing’, Star didn’t report”
  1. 2Malaysia says:

    Shame on MCA and the STar

    • One Borneo says:

      read between the lines on what he says about defending putra jaya “at all cost”. is he trying to threaten us indirectly with all those horrible incidences which they would usually do in their past assemblies like waving the keris, shouting and wailing like mad? the true bumiputera of sabah and sarawak will not buy any of his nonsense. who are they trying to fool about defending bumiputeras? even the orang asli- the true bumiputeras are not bumiputera statused and victimised by the self interest policies of umno. not true? then why is the JHEO are not headed and staff by the orang asli themselves who can understand the needs of the orang asli better than anybody? dont we smell fishy scheming here? i want to ask my fellow sarawakian mps to search their consciences if they intended to continue supporting this wicked regime.

  2. Najib is not fit to be PM.

    • lovelymalaysian says:

      Muhyiddin do not fit 2, but with those “ugliness” in GE & many other controls reasons, i do see BN standing for-(ever)

      after najib, then muhyiddin. i guess anyone just need some imaginations & u’ll be scared of the future.. one worse after the other

      pls do not let this happen.

  3. Maz says:

    ‘Slaughter’ of Palestinians eh ?

    I guess that explains their increase in population by ~ 150 % from
    1960-2007. Contrast this with the decline in the Orang Asli population
    by 82 % from 1960-2007. Slaughter exactly where Najib ????
    What percent of the MPs in Malaysia are ethnic Orang Asli ???

    Disseminating Fascist Islamic rhetoric plays well in Gaza, Tehran
    and Damascus, and building useless tall phallic structures might
    compensate for physiological deficiencies, but these ‘Syok Sendiri’
    megalomaniacal projects continue to enrage Malaysians of any sense
    and present Malaysia as an embarrassment to the global community
    of sane developed and advanced nations.

  4. tan, tanjong bungah says:

    Hi everyone,

    Threats by keris-raising is clearly visible, though threats through speeches is even more lethal!!
    The fact that STAR’s politically-connected staff decide to expunge those parts of UMNO’s president speech clearly is testimony and ‘proof’ of the far-reaching consequences of those parts of the speech! MCA is spineless and must be thrown into the dustbin come the next GE.

  5. ikonoklast says:

    All you guys who are astonished that the sh*t paper did not report the threats
    uttered by Najis must be living on a different planet.

  6. dc says:

    sheehss.. u guys’ BM sure suck that you don’t know between a peribahasa and a threat..
    if that freakin najib used ‘Biar putih tulang, jangan putih mata’ which project similar meaning, r y guys going to consider it as a threat too?

  7. Paul Warren says:

    When The Star can spike an article written by Marina ‘Mahathir for her regular column, what more can you say of this paper?

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