Wednesday, February 24, 2010

The Star apologises for Guna

The Star today published an apology in its Page 3 for last Friday's comment by its managing editor P Gunasegaram which was described by some quarters, especially the Muslims as deragotary and insulting.

I believe it was decided by the Star editorial team after its group editor-in-chief Datuk Seri Wong Chun Wai (pic) was summoned to the Home Ministry in the evening. I was told he met KDN deputy sec-gen Datuk Fuad Aziz.
'The Star sincerely apologises to those who were offended by the content of the article...' (read h e r e for full statement). I believe its all over now. Guna is just like others who sometimes makes 'unintentional' errors. When I was with the NSTP group, there were also a few occassions when news and articles writen by staff reporters were subjected to legal suits. Opppss.... news is that, Chun Wai also received a showcause letter from the ministry. All this takes place within hours before the Star launches its weekly Bahasa paper (or is it gonna be just an insert to Sunday Star?) It also came to my knowledge that the Star was given a permit for a Bahasa daily (Massa something, if I'm not wrong) during Tun Dr Mahathir's era as the Prime Minister. What happens to the permit... is Star still holding it? Anyway, the apology is timely and well-accepted. Case is closed.

23 comments:

Anonymous said...

Bro,
Just an apology? It is not sufficient. Next time, ask somebody to say untrue things about somebody else and after that, ask the speaker to apologise. Why not ask the guy who said untrue things to retract his words and acknowledge that what he had said was untrue.

The person who wrote such a heinous lie need to be punished, not just let loose just by saying: "I am sorry".

-- Bujang Senang

haji labu said...

guna too must apologise for what he wrote in the newspaper.

i dont think star apology is sufficient. it was too easy to apologise but what is the action taken against guna for his deragotary article?

why was only chun wai summoned by the ministry and not the writer himself?

marahmu said...

it doesnt look like an apology to me. i dont think star is sincere

Anonymous said...

bro,

is it true chun wai is having problem with clemence?

zamrud said...

kenapa datuk seri wong chun wai saja yang bersungguh-sungguh ingin menyelesaikan masalah ini dan bukannya gunasegaram sendiri?

guna patut memohon maaf secara terbuka kepada umat islam negara ini di atas keterlanjuran dan kebodohannya itu.

apa tindakan the star terhadap guna?memang tugas chun wai membela orang baannya tetapi jika setiap kesalahan dibela, guna atau sesiapa juga akan menggunakannya untuk membuat silap yang disengajakan seperti ini.

kerajaan juga perlu memberi amaran keras kepada wartawan seperti ini

zamrud said...

kenapa datuk seri wong chun wai saja yang bersungguh-sungguh ingin menyelesaikan masalah ini dan bukannya gunasegaram sendiri?

guna patut memohon maaf secara terbuka kepada umat islam negara ini di atas keterlanjuran dan kebodohannya itu.

apa tindakan the star terhadap guna?memang tugas chun wai membela orang baannya tetapi jika setiap kesalahan dibela, guna atau sesiapa juga akan menggunakannya untuk membuat silap yang disengajakan seperti ini.

kerajaan juga perlu memberi amaran keras kepada wartawan seperti ini

bujai said...

sdr pembaca budiman,

saya rasa isu ini sudah selesai. saya rasa nota mohon maaf the star sudah memadai.

sudah menjadi lumrah manusia untuk melakukan kesilapan. menyalahkan gunasegaram tidak akan menyelesaikan kekeliruan ini.

apa yang penting, dalam semangat muhibah dan tolak ansur, kita terima apology the star ini bagi pihak gunasegaram dan sesiapa saja yang kurang arif mengenai apa yang mereka tulis atau fikir.

buang yang keruh, ambil yang jernih

loytape said...

guna is an idiot.

i dont know why chun wai is protecting his backside!

Anonymous said...

lain kali kalau nak sentuh agama orang lain, kaji dulu agama sendiri. adakah agama hindu memberi kebebasan kepada penganutnya melakukan maksiat? adakah kasta dalam agama hindu sudah dihapuskan agar seiring dengan undang2 sivil yang ada?

kalau tak tau, jangan cuba tunjuk pandai.

kita dah hidup rukun damai di negara ni. kalau orang macam guna tak guna ni dibiarkan tanpa tindakan di atas apa yang dibuatnya, akan ramai lagi orang sepertinya akan buat kacau bilau dalam akhbar dan mencetuskan rasa marah rakyat terhadapnya.

pikirlah dulu sebelum bercakap!

kuang said...

saja nak tanya guna,

lu boleh tido malam ka?

marahmu said...

bujai,
memanglah kita bertolak ansur. malah orang melayu dah lama bertolak ansur.

janganlah disebabkan tolak ansur ni, orang lain rasa senang je pijak kepala kita!

memang kita terima apology the star tapi guna sendiri patut minta maaf secara terbuka!

Anonymous said...

if guna lives in pakistan, india, iran, iraq, libya or somewhere in countries where islam is a sensitive issue, he wont last another day!

think about it!

he should thank god that this is malaysia... and muslims are the malays!

Anonymous said...

BETOL LA BRO, TAKYAH PANJANG2KAN LAGI KES NI.

KITA GI MOTONG GETAH LAGI ELOK. HARGA GETAH PUN DAH NAIK.

KALAU HARGA GETAH NAIK, PENDAPATAN KITA PUN NAIK.

KALAU PENDAPATAN NAIK, KERETA MAHAL PUN KITA BOLEH NAIK.

KALAUL KERETA MAHAL PUN KITA BOLEH NAIK, DARAH SEMUA ORANG PUN TAK NAIK.

KALAU DARAH SEMUA ORANG TAK NAIK, SELAMATLAH SI GUNASEGARAM NI SEBAB GAJI DIA PUN NAIK.

KALAU GAJI DIA PUN NAIK, NAMA THE STAR PUN NAIK

KALAU NAMA THE STAR PUN NAIK, NAMA MALAYSIA PUN NAIK

KALAU NAMA MALAYSIA PUN NAIK, MAKNANYA PENDAPATAN RAKYATNYA NAIK

KALAU PENDAPATAN RAKYATNYA NAIK, MAKNANYA HARGA GETAH NAIK

KALAU HARGA GETAH NAIK..... ulang la semua rangkap dari awal sampai akhir... dan begitulah seterusnya sampai korang gila macam si guna ni

jali-jali said...

bujai, easy to say that we should accept the apology.


what's important is to see some actions being taken against guna.

he should be sacked or resign from the star

ken said...

any apology is good enough. so, u people out there, stop complaining!

Anonymous said...

my advise to star - SACK guna. he will be your liabilities.

he was the one who wrote bad things about proton and tun mahathir.

he's not a malaysian at heart.

a journo also said...

bro,
i know star got another permit. if they publish a bahasa daily, there goes our umno/bahasa newspapers like berita harian and utusan.

at any time star can outclass this two malay papers. why? they have the best marketing team.

volks said...

GUNA NI MEMANG PELESIT. STAR PATUT TARIK BALIK COLUMN DIA.

KALAU NAK TULIS PUN, CHUN WAI KENA BACA DULU... ATAU CHUN WAI PUN SAMA MACAM DIA!

Anonymous said...

sorry seems to be the hardest word.

guna must apologies too.

he's a racist!

zul mark said...

NI SIAPA YANG SUKA2 ATI BAGI PERMIT BAHASA MALAYSIA KEPADA STAR NI?

NAK BUNUH AKHBAR MILIK UMNO KE?

TARA WOTAK PUNYA WORANG!

Anonymous said...

guna ni dah biasa bawak kavadi kot. apa kata kita potong lidah dia pulak!

Poobalan said...

i too agree Guna should apologise as well. Maybe will be forced to resign. He should not write about other people's religion especially when its like challenging the religion's law.

Since there's police report, let's see how fast the case is investigated and the outcome. Will it be as efficient as Nasir or undercover al-islam journalists case?

Talking about other people's religion is not racism right?

I have read previous articles by Guna and they are quite ok. You check the star archives. they cover many issues. however, that doesn't give him the license to write about the latest issue in that sense.

regards,

Anonymous said...

Bujai,
Thank you for being one of those that highlight this issues.
Also for being so gracious as to accept Star's apology and move on.

For my part I cannot sack Guna or stop Star from being published.
the little I can do is not buy the paper.

I find this quite easy to do as free copies can be read in MAmak shops if I really wanted to know what their type are thinking.

Once again thank you.

Non-Star Buyer.