Tuesday, August 16, 2011

That 'porky' error does not make Star anti-Islam

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.


24 comments:

Anonymous said...

It is opportunists like Ib Ali who makes the most out of such a situation to make himself relevant and hopefully be given a chance to represent UMNO in the next GE. At other times when the situation won't benefit him, he will be quiet like a mice. Come the next GE he won't wont be a YB anymore.
Pak Tua

mr love said...

bro,

i hope all quarters stop politicizing the issue. star has apologized and i think its good enough.

why must we blow it out of proportion? i agree that some of its staff made uncalled and silly error but they did not have any ill intention towards the muslim.

i also believe most muslims and malays understand the whole issue - that it was a mistake - and have forgiven the star for it.

come on. we are malaysians. we do make mistake sometimes but this one by star was not tantamount to a gun draw between muslims and non-muslims.

had the star realised the repercussion, it wouldn't have published such things. plse consider.

thank you

syura said...

salam,

it was a mistake... yes, it was unintentional.

i salute you for your fine and impartial posting.

pls put it behind, in the spirit of ramadhan.

wrong timing said...

perkasa got it wrong. mca and gerakan did not apologise for the star because:

1. the star has apologised

2. it was not done deliberately

3. if mca and gerakan join in, it will make things worse as it will give a picture that there was a confrontation between muslims and non-muslims, and between the chinese and the malays.

i hope yb ibrahim ali have a broader mind

Anonymous said...

isunya, kenapa apology tu dibuat di halaman 3?

benda sensitif dan sebesar ni mesti buat di muka depan!

star track said...

perkasa got nothing better to do but to find sensitive issue, blow it out of proportion and ride on it on the pretext of championing the cause of the malays and islam.

how will this kind of organisation helps in boosting national and racial integration?

if we listen to them, the whole nation will collapse!

kacip rosmah said...

cukuplah tu. kalau kita letupkan the star sekalipun, benda ni takkan selesai. dia dah mohon maaf, dah lah.

Anonymous said...

perkasa only know how to shout, issue statement and sue people.

soon, it will sue najib and the govt for not bowing to its three demands.

they are not champion of the malays but champion of confrontation!

kelasi kapal said...

takkanlah star sengaja nak buat benda bodoh tu kalau dia tak sedar kesan buruknya. di sini pun, kita tahu bahawa ada kakitangan yang tidak sedar bahawa keluaran khas itu adalah untuk ramadan tetapi tercampuradukkan dengan benda lain.

dah lah. maafkan je. lain kali kalau dia buat lagi, barulah kita bantai cukup2.

tapi saya yakin ia tidak akan berlaku lagi...

tina J said...

you are such a fair person, sir.

sangkakala said...

saya tak setuju.

star patut buat permohonan maaf di muka depan. bila buat di muka 3, macam main2 je.

kalau nak main2, meh sini!

a star staff said...

hisham is not satisfied with the apology because he sees an opportunity to whack chun wai whom he accused of being anti-govt.

he just wants to dramatize the whole issue!

mat gombau said...

wah bujai. kemain lagi kau belo star ni. dapek apo2 ko?

bak la sikit, nak gayo ni!

tapi memang kau boto. di bulan baik ni, kito salam2 ajo lah!

cuma pastikan dio tak buek laie. kalau buek laie, buleh la kito hamun dio gamai2.

Anonymous said...

perkasa ni macam sengaja nak api-apikan sentimen agama dan kaum. bahaya ni.

kenapa tak haramkan je pertubuhan ni?

arsonist said...

to ibrahim ali - YOU ARE A RACIST!

when utusan made that similar mistake, did you hammer them? no, right? because you harbor an ill-feeling for the non-malays. that's why!

OTC said...

ha ha ha!

line kau pasal melayu tak sengaja makan babi ni memang ada lojiknya.

takkanlah sebab dia tak sengaja makan babi, akan hilang status islamnya.

betul!

Anonymous said...

jai,

the star kena bayar dua tiga juta kat kau ni.

tapi kau memang hebat. siot lu!

Anonymous said...

Dasar inclusiveness dan engagament mengalakkan maaf an kalau ada silap yang tak sengaja.
Sudah 54 tahun merdeka masih ta faham apa khizir babi pork ham haram di makan orang islam ?
Kalau star akbhar baru aje dapat lesen semalam ,mungkin tak faham.
Nyata bukan sekali aje berlaku kurang sensitivity.Itu lah sebab utama dapat pembaca 1 juta.
Ini lah the illogik.

Anonymous said...

Bro Bujai,

An apology, aptly a half-past six apology like that does not tantamount to a closure of this episode. It simply does not merit an acceptance of the apology.

For once i have to agree with Hisham that the apology is simply untenable, seemingly "like melepas batuk di tangga"... what more coming from a daily whose EIC is said to be closed to the powers-that-be. He had also flagrantly displayed his closeness with a blue-blood in a central state near KL.

Granted that you have done a mistake, and given the gravity of which in a holy month for us Muslims which further enraged us, the apology should also commensurate the mistake -- the lame apology does not merit such a mistake, period.

I am sure you, being a journalist previously, understands the workings in a newspaper, a daily which proclaims itself as being the largest-selling, the highest circulation and the most sought after for breakfast...mistakes like this is, to be punctuated with a must, be taken seriously as it should affects and effects the newspapers' credibility.

Was it not a few moons ago it was the same daily which published a full-page of a tabloid an advertisement of a certain brand of beer facing exactly a three-column picture of a national leader? I could be wrong but i do not think the other english daily had made that mistake, right?

The daily was reprimanded and then again, a lame apology was published. This is the "next-time-we-will-be-carefull-boss" mistake the daily had made.

Now, i began to think that it could be a deliberate mistake, it could a genuine mistake and it could also be an attempt to undermine someone in the daily because as you and i know there is an intense power play in this mca-backed and owned newspaper, more so with the inclusion or a senior editor who took up a non-editorial position a few months ago, having left a business daily.

The workings of a newspaper do not allow such a heinous mistake to happened because before it off-stones, pages will pass thru many eye balls, unless the supplement pages were a domain of a few subs, eyes weary due to lack of sleep and working over the midnite timeline.

Seriously i do not buy this apology, unless WCW innocently does not the scam hovering above this head, or he could not be bothered about the supplementary pages but focuses only on the main paper.

This ad insulted us Muslims, seriously especially to those who read TheStar like yours truly and the damage has been done so badly, but pease dont tell me with all the experience WCW has all this while, he could not have commanded a better apology than a lame lip service just because someone in KDN told him so.

I do not buy this apology crap. Plse issue a heart- felt apology if the newspaper is really sincere and sensitive towards the Muslim readers and Malaysians at large. Make it bold and worthwhile.


The Godfather
Alor Setar, Kedah


p.s. There is a certain editor in TheStar (formerly with TheSun) who writes regularly to Malaysia Today, with a tinge of anti-Muslim undertones (so as not to be noticed)...this almost all white- hair editor is to be watched...whadya say..."gunting dlm lipatan?"...

Anonymous said...

Bro Bujai,

An apology, aptly a half-past six apology like that does not tantamount to a closure of this episode. It simply does not merit an acceptance of the apology.

For once i have to agree with Hisham that the apology is simply untenable, seemingly "like melepas batuk di tangga"... what more coming from a daily whose EIC is said to be closed to the powers-that-be. He had also flagrantly displayed his closeness with a blue-blood in a central state near KL.

Granted that you have done a mistake, and given the gravity of which in a holy month for us Muslims which further enraged us, the apology should also commensurate the mistake -- the lame apology does not merit such a mistake, period.

I am sure you, being a journalist previously, understands the workings in a newspaper, a daily which proclaims itself as being the largest-selling, the highest circulation and the most sought after for breakfast...mistakes like this is, to be punctuated with a must, be taken seriously as it should affects and effects the newspapers' credibility.

Was it not a few moons ago it was the same daily which published a full-page of a tabloid an advertisement of a certain brand of beer facing exactly a three-column picture of a national leader? I could be wrong but i do not think the other english daily had made that mistake, right?

The daily was reprimanded and then again, a lame apology was published. This is the "next-time-we-will-be-carefull-boss" mistake the daily had made.

Now, i began to think that it could be a deliberate mistake, it could a genuine mistake and it could also be an attempt to undermine someone in the daily because as you and i know there is an intense power play in this mca-backed and owned newspaper, more so with the inclusion or a senior editor who took up a non-editorial position a few months ago, having left a business daily.

The workings of a newspaper do not allow such a heinous mistake to happened because before it off-stones, pages will pass thru many eye balls, unless the supplement pages were a domain of a few subs, eyes weary due to lack of sleep and working over the midnite timeline.

Seriously i do not buy this apology, unless WCW innocently does not the scam hovering above this head, or he could not be bothered about the supplementary pages but focuses only on the main paper.

This ad insulted us Muslims, seriously especially to those who read TheStar like yours truly and the damage has been done so badly, but pease dont tell me with all the experience WCW has all this while, he could not have commanded a better apology than a lame lip service just because someone in KDN told him so.

I do not buy this apology crap. Plse issue a heart- felt apology if the newspaper is really sincere and sensitive towards the Muslim readers and Malaysians at large. Make it bold and worthwhile.


The Godfather
Alor Setar, Kedah


p.s. There is a certain editor in TheStar (formerly with TheSun) who writes regularly to Malaysia Today, with a tinge of anti-Muslim undertones (so as not to be noticed)...this almost all white- hair editor is to be watched...whadya say..."gunting dlm lipatan?"...

Anonymous said...

E Ali has a retarded brain. He looks like a p-g and behaves like one with swine-fever. He makes the country appears rather backward and uncivilized.

Anonymous said...

Jai,
As an established paper, The Star should not have made that silly mistake. When the paper did not put up the apology on its front page, it shows that they just consider the matter lightly. An honest apology must be accompanied with a real sign of repentance and those responsible for committng the grave mistake, be punished accordingly.

To me, those who caused the advertisement to be published are "amat biadab".

--Balanglama

Anonymous said...

Why is pork haram? Apa sebab nya?Orang muslim sendiri pun tak ngerti. Belum rasa belum tahu.

Anonymous said...

Jai,
Kepada makhluk yang kata orang Muslim tak mengerti kenapa daging babi tu haram, harap jangan anggap orang lain bahlul macam dia. Kalau dia rasa sedap sangat dan nak makan berlori-lori pun, lantaklah, tapi jangan persoal kebijaksanaan orang lain dengan alasan yang dangkal. Rasanya, makhluk ni kurang membaca, hanya tau menelan saja.

-- Balanglama