ANOTHER BRICK IN WALL: INTENTIONAL AMNESIA FOR SOME MAINSTREAM MEDIA?

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The Star’s suffering from intentional Amnesia?

So says Blogger Another Brick In Wall. 28 February 2012.

 

It was only in August that The Star was warned for their insensitivity to publish review of pork spare ribs ed pork andin their Ramadhan Delight special promotion insertion in their August 10 issue. Many felt they got away to easy with a mere apology which were not sufficiently noticed, for an insensitive act.
Despite widespread ignorance by the races in Malaysia of each others’ custom and taboo,  even school children are aware that pork and liquor are taboo to Muslims and considered unclean. After the much publicity to Muslim’s sensitivity to the use of Allah by non Muslims, common sense should tell us that it can only be expected that Muslims would find it offensive for the name Allah to be written on a nude women’s body.
The aurat, especially of the Muslimah, is sacriligious in Islam to be exposed. The Muslims men as well. Let alone to have the Muslim’s God’s name on a naked non-Muslim woman body!

The fact that these similar act of insensitivity is being repeated by The Star within the span of six months is baffling.
How could an established mainstream newspaper with multiracial and multi-religious staff that is expected to have better understanding of the different customs and taboos be committing such a mistake again?
It can only be intentional amnesia.
One possibility is that The Star may have intentionally intended to create a controversy to promote an upcoming Erykah Badu concert in Kuala Lumpur. Strangely, the Erykah Badu posters does not have the words Allah but The Star did the extra mile to put the offensive words.
In the controversial Ramadhan Delight insertion in August last year, The Star gave a review of Morganfield’s pork spare ribs
They seem to intentionally forget the February 2006 and March 2010 incidents in which Malaysian Muslims demonstrated against New Strait’s Times for publishing the offensive Danish Non Sequiter cartoons of Prophet Muhammad in their report and Swedish embassy for another offensive cartoon of prophet Muhammad by Lars Vilk in the Swedish press.

It should be more offensive to demean Allah’s name in such manner.
What actually got into The Star’s Editor, Wong Sai Wan’s head?
Certainly hope it is not an act to show of force because of late, there have been an unrealistic sensitivity by Chinese to flex their new found political muscle. Isn’t it too soon to behave so? An example is the white ang pow episode with Perkasa which was not raised by the event attendee but by political parties for political mileage. There is also the KFC I-City incident in which DAP highlighted the Malay staff as spewing racial insult but lied to say the Chinese customers were not racially abusive.

They were in fact looking for trouble by returning back to the scene with video cameras.
This blogger hate to say it and have no intention to play the racial threat but this was how the sentiment and temperament before May 13, 1969 as described by many elders. To many Malays, they are beginning to realise that the Chinese are flexing their racial muscle. “Cina tengah besar kepala,” as many having been heard to say when they saw the attempt by Chinese to boycott products of Malay owned companies like Gardenia in order to promote Robert Kuok‘s interest.
Sad to say but it is Chinese owned newspaper including The Star that have been fueling the racial sentiments.
Gawd … shouldn’t The Star be more responsible as the newspaper mouthpiece of a member in the ruling party Barisan Nasional coalition to not unnecessarily slant things racially and add more  fuel to the already tense political rivalry?

It is so DAP!
The Star’s Editor, Wong Sai Wan made an apology in Facebook. Sorry that it is not good enough this time.
For this latest act of insensitivity. the Minister for Home Affairs should not just warn but act on The Star.
By the way, a Saudi newspaper reported that Kurt Westergaard, the cartoonist responsible for the blasphemous cartoons that first appeared in Danish newspaper Jyllands-Posten, died in a fire accident.

That’s divine retribution.
So have a safe life Sai Wan.

9 comments:

Ahmadi Abdul Latifsaid…
nak tgk apa reaksi org Islam yg menyokong penggunaan nama ALLAH oleh org bukan Islam.

1:12 PM
Anonymous said…
Sdra, It seems that the minority have a field day to display their assertiveness in Malaysia these days. They potray themselves as the beleagured underdogs, being marginalised and victimised and eating only the crumbs of the bread and butter spread on the table. ( eg Hindraf) To the uninitiated observers , especially the media abroad, this is a good story to follow, even though the perception that had been created surpassed the truth. Emphaty and sympathy will always be with the underdogs., especially if they are the minority. But not so if the minority are Muslims. Just look the Muslim Patanis, the Moros and the Chechen rebels to name a few. But the Dalai Lama is being feted by Kings, Queens and Presidents all over.

1:59 PM
Anonymous said…
Sdra hHalem,saya mohon izin masuk
STAR akan minta maaf dan akan juga buat yang sama juga lain hari.
Mohon maaf adalah trademark MO strateji EIC STAR.
Pemandu kereta EIC-STAR, tak perlu susah payah cari arah ke Putra Jaya,pejabat Hishamudin.
Kereta nya dah pandai pandu sendiri tanpa kawalan pemandu.
Seruan kapada semua ABT yang mendekati hati perut nurani the STAR, rebutlah peluang amat baik untuk mengibarkan panji panji hitam agar STAR Tuan Punya STAR EIC kolumis liberal ranting SHarumlawyer ramon President IDEAS penulis letters to the editor yang sangat cepat mencari peluang memperlekehkan kita selagi mana dapat peluang yang buka luas,DAN amat cepat STAR mencetak surat emel yang mencemoh Islam/Melayu.
Jangan, kerana semenjak 2004 2008 hingga terkini mendapat perlindungan dan patronage, di bawah dasar inclusiveness engagement liberalisation vernakular 1M Interfaith blue ocean strategy mr KOOL GAJET FB twit blackberry suami pada FLOM ,STAR rasa bebas tanpa kongkong memperleceh kan ISLAM dan MELAYU.
Walaupun STAR pukul canang ada 1.2 juta pembaca,tidak ada siapa yang beri the STAR lesen untuk hina ISLAM/Melayu.
Hishamudin ,sila baca angka ini,1.2 juta pembaca Star VS 16 juta Islam/Melayu.
Murah sangat ke martabat Islam?
Liberal sangat ke Najib sampai buat apa saja nak menawan dan ambil hati kaum vernakular ?
Hebat sangat ke world view interfaith 1M ? Senyap sunyi Interfaith menceritakan ajenda.
NO to EIC STAR NO to EIC STAR NO to EIC STAR. terima kasih mentor saya:hHalem horas din turtle anaconda azmi apa satD. arjuna waspada changkat lobak.

3:03 PM
-thethinker-said…
the Star is not owned by chinese , but MCA — a.k.a friend of UMNO .. BN !!

5:08 PM
Anonymous said…
You talk about sensitivities of Muslims/Malays. What about Muslims/Malays showing sensitivities to other religions and races? Example, food- at government functions there will NOT be vegetarian food ( many Hindus and BUddhists are vegetarian).
I am tired of this one sided ‘sensitivity cries’ which see racial and political overtones in everything. Its time we must ACTUALLY respect and understand each other. And by by the way, GOD does not need any protection or support from us mere mortals. We need his protection and support. IF we remind ourselves of this then we will not be so uptight all the time.
Just Ice

5:29 PM
TulisLajuLaju said…
How bout the Liverpool Carling Cup victory headline? Totally disrespectful and unprofessional.
Don’t buy The Star!

5:37 PM
A Voicesaid…
Where did i say it is owned by chinese?
You must think i am a young ciku to not know The Star is controlled by Hua Ren.
I hope you understand the phrase “so DAP”.
If you don’t, too bad.

10:20 PM
A Voicesaid…
I know how you feel. As much as i do not appreciate tge kfc staff spewing racial slurs, i do not appreciate the behaviour of the customer and dap for making innecessary mountain out of mole hill.
I know non muslims or non malay do not know alll the tabooo and customs of ours but not The Star.
I have reasons to believe or suspect The Star is trying to pudh the limit for a certain reason and purpose. I ll not elaborate.

10:32 PM
A Voicesaid…
I know how you feel. As much as i do not appreciate tge kfc staff spewing racial slurs, i do not appreciate the behaviour of the customer and dap for making innecessary mountain out of mole hill.
I know non muslims or non malay do not know alll the tabooo and customs of ours but not The Star.
I have reasons to believe or suspect The Star is trying to pudh the limit for a certain reason and purpose. I ll not elaborate.

10:33 PM

 

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