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Posted by Simon Templar On Wednesday, September 16, 2009

The Star is turning into an absolute shame.

The degradation from bad to worse over the past couple of years is very much in sync with the appointment of Wong Chun Wai as the Group Chief Editor of The Star. In the past, we could forcibly accept that The Star had to be pro-government as they are constantly being monitored post Tun M's Operasi Lalang. The Star is a business; they had to "toe the line" to survive.

But The Star of present has lost its objectives of being "The People's Paper". Wong Chun Wai has forgotten his journalism ethics. And he has taken The Star to an all time low.

The Star is an MCA paper - we all know that. Politics has no ethics - we all know that. Ong Tee Keat and Chua Soi Lek are now fighting for their political survival - we all know that. But there is honour even among thieves. Ong Tee Keat and Wong Chun Wai via and The Star are lower than that.

Wong Chun Wai had used The Star to assist Ong Tee Keat to attack Chua Soi Lek. I don't care who between the 2 political conmen will win the battle, but to attack Chua Soi Lek in this manner is highly unethical.

On Sunday 13.9.09. The Star headlined "Ong: The Truth Will Be Revealed":

Although sacked MCA deputy president Dr Chua Soi Lek has denied forming a new party called Parti Cintai Malaysia, the truth behind it will be revealed in due time.

MCA president Datuk Seri Ong Tee Keat said many people did not believe him when he mentioned the formation of the party last month.

“However, it is now proven that it does exist. You don’t have to listen to me or Dr Chua, but the truth will prevail one day,” he told a press conference after delivering his keynote address at the National Entrepreneurs Convention here yesterday.

On Monday 14.9.09, The Star posted a tiny errata box titled "Ong Did Not Say It":

IN our report Sunday headlined “Ong: The truth will be revealed”, it has been pointed out to us that the MCA president Datuk Seri Ong Tee Keat did not say what was reported in the subheading “Chua formed a new party last month”.

We apologise for the error.

Hang on. Is The Star telling us that with MCA controlling The Star, The Star is allowed to publish such damaging news about Chua Soi Lek without first getting approvals from Ong Tee Keat and Clement Hii? And if Ong didn't say it then the entire article must have also been somebody's fabrication during his jamban break. Big news do get published easily in The Star eh?! Uncle, you think we Malaysians are that stupid? (Both middle fingers up!)

This is sabotage at the highest order. Ong Tee Keat is using a national paper to sabotage his opponent and Wong Chun Wai is a party to it. How more dirty can you guys get? I don't know if such horribly named Parti Cintai Malaysia exist and neither am I bothered. The point is Ong Tee Keat and Wong Chun Wai pushed their agenda against Chua Soi Lek with what looks like unsubstantiated claims on headlines only to retract it via a small errata the next day. The damage has already been done. And most readers would have missed the errata posting. So so low... So so unethical... It is only in MCA where anything goes. How many other political parties out there will trap their own leader with a spy camera while he shags his girlfriend with porn showing on a laptop? Oh I heard la about the going-ons in the dvd. Not that I've seen the dvd. It's illegal. And I also heard she blew him too. I heard la. Oral sex is illegal in Malaysia, mind you.

By the way, I am not throwing my support for Chua Soi Lek (no way man...) but wrong is wrong.

Why would Wong Chun Wai want to help Ong Tee Keat? I say Wong Chun Wai is simply covering his own arse. This supposedly staunch Christian is willing to sell his soul to the devil just to protect his warm seat at the pinnacle of The Star. Ethics and righteousness can take the seats behind this warm one. Wong Chun Wai has never been seen to be supportive of Chua Soi Lek since his sex escapades first surfaced. In fact, The Star has been far from being subtle about it. I also don't recall there being any support for Chua Soi Lek when he was running for his MCA Deputy Presidency. They instead character assassin him with their constant tagging of him with his baggage. Imagine if Chua Soi Lek managed to out-seat Ong Tee Keat in their fight. I am sure Wong Chun Wai will have to clear his table in no time and take another long leave to Jerusalem. Clement Hii will follow suit but he looks more like the Dongguan or Shenzhen type.

And that's not all with Wong Chun Wai.

Either Wong Chun Wai has a crush on Rosmah Mansor or he worships her. Or maybe he is just a good pet. How else can you explain the daily pictures of Rosmah Mansor in The Star. Yes, at least 1 hideous picture everyday. Many do not realise this but if you do a "Where's Rosmah" in The Star every day, you will know what I am talking about.

And the England. The England. The Star has no quality control. There are so many grammatical errors - even on front pages. I've picked them out so many times. I know the editors can't read all articles but at least have the decency to get your front page right. Imagine foreigners reading this national best selling newspapers of ours. So embarrassing.

And stop copying and pasting an entire article from foreign newspapers. It is common for our newspapers to pull news from foreign newspapers in the global section or international sports section. Sometimes they will simply add "The Guardian reported...". And then the editor stops reading the article. It is horrifying when the article goes on to say "We can confirm that...". Please la. This is a public newspaper. Had your personnel been more diligent, they would have easily picked that up and have it replaced with "The Guardian confirm that...". By the way, is that not plagiarism?

Why I still buy The Star? I have to put it down to habit. A dumb one I should say at the expense of 2 telur separuh masak every day. But I spend less time reading the papers nowadays. I speed through the local section and business, zoom past Section 2, flip pass classifieds and Metro, read the international section, and concentrate on international sports. And not to be missed every Tuesday is a full page of Dilbert.

3 Response to "The Star - Good Quality Paper To Tapau Your Roti Canai"

  1. I changed my mind.

    For the good of the country, I now fervently hope the PornStar gets all his resos passed on Oct 10th.

    The kicker would be OTK is removed instead as President!!!


  2. Da Maniac Said,

    Star paper? My wife buys them not for the news or editorial... it's more for like what's on sale in the Supermarket right now. Singapore's Straits Times (read not NST)is by far the best in the region.

    As for OTK vs CSL.... they can kill each other for all I care. Best that MCA dissolve and do away with race based politics. Bye Bye MCA!


  3. dheepan Said,

    juz like me, only read when someone else buy it and read the international and sports page.

    to think i once defended this stupid paper in secondary school~ LOL


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