The Star's 'porky' issue again. When many thought it was beginning to ebb by the newspaper's Page 3 apology a few days ago, some people are adding fuel to it. Even Home Minister Hishammuddin Tun Hussein was not satisfied with the apology.
And now Perkasa, the right (or could it be left?) wing Malay organisation led by Pasir Mas MP, Ibrahim Ali. They wanted the government to revoke its printing license if The Star fails to issue a satisfactory apology to the Muslims.
I am not sure what is meant by 'a satisfactory apology'. By running a 48-pages of apology signed by all its editorial staff? Or to have MCA apologises for the newspaper and display it until Hari Raya? If that too is not suffice, what else? Burn down the Star building for good and make everybody who 'makan gaji' there jobless?
So, you want a severe punishment, right? If that's the case, better declare a war against MCA and push a motion for Prime Minister, in his capacity as Chairman of Barisan Nasional, to expel the party from the ruling pact.
Why must we burn copies of The Star and incite the Muslims in Malaysia to label the publication, its management and owner as anti-Islam?
The error didnt make The Star as being anti-Islam. This is Malaysia, a multi-racial and multi-religious country. And I personally believe The Star has been moderate enough in upholding the principle of mutual respect among religions and races.
Compared to errors committed by other publications, what the Star 'accidentally' did was trivial. An apology is still an apology, whether it is carried in Page 3 or the front page. They have expressed regret over the matter, and that there was no intention whatsoever to hurt and insult the Muslims.
After all, this is Ramadan. I thought Ramadan is full of tolerance and forgiving.
Yes, some people are riding on the issue for political reason. However, the same people who ride it are the same group who defended similar errors committed by others. And I am not sure why are they blaming MCA - an important BN component - for it.
I almost forgot the fact that Perkasa is led by a no-party group. Many of them are not even members of Umno, Pas or PKR. So, it is well understood why people who sit on the fence can shout at both sides of it. Of course, they couldn't be bothered if BN goes down in the next general elections.
By the way, if The Star is anti-Islam for that unintentional mistakes, does a Muslim becomes a 'kafir' if he accidentally ate pork?
I am not defending The Star. I am defending the logic.