Supplement Ramadan Delights - an ad 'Best Rib In Town' in Page 2, 'Whipping up an appetite, Mongolian Pork Ribs' in Page 4 and 'Authentic Prime Pork Ribs' in Page 7. In The Star yesterday.
Fulamak! I bet my good friend Datuk Seri Wong Chun Wai will 'kena' again - from Home Minister Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Tun Hussein, Utusan Malaysia, JAKIM and other Islamic organisations and of course, from some bloggers.
Who to blame? Chun Wai? The whole newspaper organisation or the people in-charge of the Supplement. But... one after another.
Nope! I dont blame Chun Wai although he is the big boss there. The team which managed the Supplement must be held responsible!
Where were the Supplement Editor, the Proof Editor and the Chief Sub-Editor? Who was in-charge of picking the right picture for the right stories? Don't tell me that the sub-editors who designed the pages were not aware what kind of a Supplement was it?
(Or was there a cahoot to bring Chun Wai down?)
Not one but three pages of 'delicacies for Ramadan' was not unintentional. It was done deliberately to smear the newspaper's integrity and push Chun Wai's off the edge. But who are they?
Chun Wai is not fully responsible. As the Prime Minister, Datuk Seri Najib has a group of subordinates (ministers) to assist him run the country. If Najib has to do and monitor everything, there would be no need to appoint the ministers, the secretary-generals and other senior officers.
And so is Chun Wai's position. Where were his deputies, senior editors, editors and others? Didn't anybody spot the error?
I think its high time for The Star to start scouting for new talents to run such a business, people who are sensitive to racial and religious issue and people who don't pull 'stupid jokes' like this!
Whatever action to be taken against the newspaper, I don't second the 'some heads must roll' notion! Yes, it was an uncalled error but I think it was not meant to insult the Muslims... it was meant to insult those responsible for producing such a Supplement.
However, someone just text me that the pictures and stories were not meant for Ramadan Supplement. They chose the wrong Supplement Strap!