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IS STAR PUBLICATION A SHARE HOLDER OF BARISAN NASIONAL?


I detest The Star very much for its very bias reporting. I love the Sports and Business sections. I just cannot stand the way The Star portray our good government in a very ass kissing way. Go and flip over The Star newspaper for the past few days. They never write anything else but the goodness of Barisan Nasional. I wonder, The Star is here to report the news or to shove down their opinions down our throats?

With the election at the corner, The Star has continue to become a mouthpiece for Barisan National, publishing one sided news. Where are the ethics of journalism? Fark you The Star. I shall never buy any of your craps anymore. I will read it online or borrow it at mamak stall, but I will never buy it. Not worth my RM1.20 to read all the bombastic craps you serve everyday. Same shits, different day. I guess not only me with this feeling against The Star, check out this letter :

Manager,

Editors

and staff of the

Star Publications (M) Bhd
C:C to all Contacts. 28/2/08

IS STAR PUBLICATION A SHARE HOLDER OF BARISAN NASIONAL?

Dear publisher,

With much regret and disappointment over the star publication i am writing this letter.

I strongly condemn and object all your articles in the star the pass few days. Very clearly i can see that your articles on the coming general election is giving a one sight report and supporting the barisan Nasional Government. I view this as something not healthy and a threat to the future of the the media.

You use the caption MALAYSIA DECIDES 2008 in your General election report. How to decide when you don’t even give a report on the opposition party. Lim Kit Siang, Anwar Ibrahim and other oppositions gave many ceramah`s in penang, But i don’t see any detail or article on that events. and even if i had see, It would be a negative report on that party. What kind of practice is this in a democratic country ? We as the rakyat and reader of the star expects and demand equal coverage and news on all parties in the general election. Yes it`s good to tell the nation what the barisan has done for it`s people and the development it has brought to this country, at the same time it is also important to hear from the opposition their views and vision for the country. Whether they are giving empty promises, or lying, it is for the rakyat to decide. Not for the government or for your publication to decide or come to an conclusion.

In your publication today 28/2/07 page N 11, there is an advertisement from MIC. What kind of advertisement is that. Is MIC trying to instill fear in the nation and getting votes by threatening us. It say`s IF YOU DON’T VOTE FOR MIC THEN BE PREPARED TO PAY THE PRICE…. What the hell does MIC mean by that. That statement has already breach the election campaign law which prohibits nominee’s from threatening the voters. I see only Barisan Nasional `s advertisement in the star.. Aren`t there any other parties contesting in this coming general election? Every single day i see so many full page BN advertisement, Have they not yet exceeded the campaign budget limit approved by the election commission for all parties. I know how many thousands it cost for a single page advertisement in The Star. Or is the star sponsoring the pages for BN… If yes, then why is the star not sponsoring also for DAP, KEADILAN and PAS. There are also readers whom support the opposition as much as the readers whom supports BN. This is such and insult to all readers of the Star. We give you business and you pay us back in this way ?

When reporting on news which refers to Dato seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi and Datuk seri Najib Tun Razak, your publication refers them as the Prime Minister and the Deputy Prime Minister of Malaysia . Has your editors forget that the Parliament has been dissolved. What right do you all have then to officially call both this people current ministers of Malaysia . Aren’t` you all then giving false information to the readers.

I send this email as and warning to the Star Publication to give and equal coverage to all parties on the General Election. It`s is also a call from the Election Commission President of Malaysia to give and equal and fair coverage to all parties. If your company were to still publish report on a one sight view after reading this email, I am going to launch a boycott on the star publication and urge penang people not to buy the Star. I will go all out for it using my contacts and influences and make sure people do not buy the Star. There are alternative paper like the SUN which provides equal news to the nation. Why then spent more to buy news which is not fair and equal to all. I hope this is the start for a change in the way your reports are being published. Let the Nation decide, and dont fool your readers.

Sudhagaran Stanley,

Coordinator,

Islanders Tamil Youth Network.

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8 Responses to “IS STAR PUBLICATION A SHARE HOLDER OF BARISAN NASIONAL?”

  1. BobbyT wrote on Mar 2, 2008 at 12:01 am

    I think they will happily admit that it’s the other way round:

    MCA owns the The Star la…

    I will be more neutral here, I actually love The Star and no other English paper in the market (except perhaps, the free The Sun!).

    So if you dislike those articles praising BN, skip it, enjoy the sports section and the StarTwo which is article packed and interesting, Metro also community-friendly.

    The point is they have to do what they have to do! Any other mainstream newspapers not doing that already? Adults are mature enough to just filter news, but I have to admit, I have not seen the recent copies of The Star, so I could be wrong here!

    –> I agree, they have to do what they have to do, but please do it in a subtle way? Malaysians are not idiots. I enjoy and love the Sports section, Star Two and Metro too. Just the Nation section, full of praises of BN it’s puke inducing after some time. What is wrong with giving the opposition a little bit of coverage? A fair coverage, not that we are asking The Star to praise them as well. Write it as it is. Well, MCA owns The Star, everybody know that so I guess they have little choice but to guard their rice bowl and keep writing in favor of their bosses? But, The Star will lose customers like me so in the end they will not making much money, they are back to square one. (What happened to safeguard the rice bowl just now?) Hmm, maybe The Star can give a discount to readers that only want to read those good sections but to skip the propaganda part? 🙂

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  2. pablopabla wrote on Mar 2, 2008 at 12:04 am

    Same angkat bola by NST. For your information, all newspapers in this country requires a printing and publication permit from the government. So, in other words, you better write what is acceptable in their eyes failing which, your permit might not be renewed. This kind of requirement (permit) even covers internal publications like the Herald (an internal Catholic newsletter). Remember how they threatened not to renew the permit for the publication due to the use of the word “Allah”?

    Anyway, on paper, newspapers belong to private parties. In reality, it is controlled by certain influential people.

    –> Too bad dude, that’s how things being run in this country. Well, as consumers, let hope more people will stand up to their rights and do the right thing such as boycotting this kind of biased reports or write in to protest, those are the least things we can do. The power is in the hands of the masses, not certain individuals.

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  3. NoktahHitam wrote on Mar 2, 2008 at 8:56 am

    I’m tired with all these media. Crap and more crap.

    –> same here bro. letih..

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  4. Bengbeng wrote on Mar 2, 2008 at 1:55 pm

    it takes so much trouble just to get reliable info when the media is biased

    –> read with a pinch of salt lor.. 🙂

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  5. aman wrote on Mar 2, 2008 at 5:02 pm

    bukan star jer, malah semua akhbar cam disponsor oleh BN. Kena beli Harakah untuk tahu berita sebenar.. 🙁

    –> harakah pun could be propaganda, but yang penting kita ada berita dari kedua-dua pihak, then barulah kita boleh buat penilaian mana yang betul mana yang tak betul. by the way, aku selalu gi harakah online 😛

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  6. KNizam wrote on Mar 2, 2008 at 6:51 pm

    aku baca online je. membazir je rm1.20 kan. baik simpan bayar streamyx lagi bagus 🙂

    –> aku pun baca online, kalau tak time minum kat mamak aku pinjam.

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  7. drumsticks wrote on Mar 2, 2008 at 10:38 pm

    thanks to blogs and internet.. we are now more educated and informed than before.

    –> time to put it into actions. many informed and educated folks out there, but they just to passive. still the ‘nevermind’ ‘tidak apa’ ‘none of my business’ attitudes.

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  8. pablopabla wrote on Mar 2, 2008 at 10:45 pm

    Bobby T : Unfortunately, a great number of Malaysians who do not access the internet still believe everything that they read in the papers. They may be adults, but they continue to be influenced by the government’s propaganda (whether during, before or after elections).

    –> true. they read only one sided reports, how are they going to make a wise decision?

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