Responding to BN-inspired racism and prejudice

By Malaysian Heart While reading the comments which came in response to the post “Fail, Mr Home Minister, fail!” here at Hartal MSM, I came across one that I believe exemplifies the kind of racist and prejudiced thinking that BN is trying to inculcate amongst Malaysians. I reproduce my response to it here, but first … Continue reading

Spinning the news for Permatang Pasir: how to read partisan blogs (and news) 2

By Malaysian Heart Spin is defined as interpreting an event in a particular way so as to manipulate public opinion for or against a certain organization or public figure. It is a form of propaganda, albeit a subtle one; while some propaganda uses outright lies, spin uses half truths and concealment. The techniques of spin … Continue reading

Words fail me

By Malaysian Heart DPM slams Pakatan for ‘smear tactics’ before Ramadan …deputy prime minister Tan Sri Muyhiddin Yassin today slammed the opposition for its campaign to “smear” Barisan Nasional, saying he was surprised they would do it with the Muslim fasting month just around the corner.

How to read partisan blogs 1: Shamsul Yunos and his “anger” towards lawyers

By Malaysian Heart Definition of partisan adj.– From The American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition: devoted to or biased in support of a party, group, or cause From the Collins Essential English Dictionary, 2nd Edition 2006: prejudiced or one-sided Of late, I have been writing quite a bit (most recently here) about … Continue reading

You can never win with a bigot – my response to “OutSyed the Box: Is The DAP A Chauvinist Party?”

Bigotry is spreading fast in our blogosphere, on both sides of the political divide; I believe that SAA’s blog entry of 31 July 2009 is but one example of it. The purpose of the post in question seems to be to imply that the DAP is chauvinist, anti-Malay and anti-Islam.

Let’s look at some of the things SAA wrote, beginning with this about Lim Guan Eng (LGE): “Lim Guan Eng made a public display of standing up for a young Malay girl because the fellow involved was Rahim Tamby Chik, Guan Eng’s nemesis in Melaka at that time. Would Lim Guan Eng have made the same stand if it was not Rahim Tamby Chik? What if it was Chua Soi Lek?” So, according to SAA, if someone like LGE speaks up for a Malay girl, he/she is only motivated by political and/or racial motivations, never by principle or more nobler aims.

Yet, five paragraphs later, he is taking Theresa Kok to task for (supposedly) doing the exact opposite: NOT speaking up for a Malay girl! He writes: “Then it came to pass that the girl was not Chinese but actually a Malay girl, also wearing a tudung, who was a suspected drug addict. Not surprisingly that also marked the end of Theresa Kok’s involvement in the matter. She dropped the case like a hot potato.”

Doesn’t it seem like whatever a DAP politician says or does, SAA can find a way construe it to imply that they are opportunist, racist and/or worse? How convenient!

The Malaysian Insider: spinning and editorialising the news again?

By Malaysian Heart

Some time ago, I posted an entry on media spin by The Malaysian Insider. Well, they seem to have done it again. “Najib wants Selangor back in BN’s clutches” reads the headline of this story in MI today. It reports how Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak stated his wish that BN win back the state of Selangor, and how he believes they have a bright chance of doing so.

Using the word “clutches” in the headline casts a certain light over the entire article.

Police Misconduct and the Mainstream Media’s Response to it: Malaysia and India

By Malaysian Heart

However serious the challenges that democracy, human rights and justice face in India, their news media seems prepared to play their part, by upholding a journalists duty. As long as our MSM are owned by interested parties, and (more importantly) willing to sacrifice their journalistic integrity to spin stories and spread propaganda for their poilitical masters, we cannot reasonably expect the same from any of them.

An Open Letter to the Executive Chairman of Kumpulan Utusan

By Malaysian Heart

Tan Sri Mohamed Hashim Ahmad Makaruddin,
Executive Chairman, Kumpulan Utusan.
(corporate@utusan.com.my)

Tan Sri,

I am writing to express my indignation and abhorrence at your story headlined “Takdir Yasmin” on the late Yasmin Ahmad, that your tabloid Kosmo! ran on July 27th, 2009. (I justify my use of the words “you” and “your” by the fact that you are the Executive Chairman of Kumpulan Utusan. The buck stops with you, sir, and nowhere else.)