If we take into account all 'racial and religious' sentiments committed by the newspapers, I think almost each and every publication deserves some kind of actions from the Home Ministry.
Not only The Star. Utusan Malaysia, NST, China Press and others should face the music for playing up such sensitive tunes. The Opposition-owned publications too should face the axe from the ministry. And what about pamphlets and other printed material by religious sects all over the country that belittles each other.
Also, may as well we tell the MCMC to screen and censor all similar elements on the Internet so that is won't reach our eyes and mind.
At the same time, ask the government to regulate a much harsher punishment to those involved. Send them to jail, if ours can accommodate them. Our jails would probably be full of journalists, writers, editors, politicians, lawyers and other professionals. Other criminals should spare the space for them.
Come on la bro!
A silly unintentional error does not reflect the mistake of the whole organisation. If an accountant errs in his calculation, we don't need to close the whole bank! The accountant should be put to task instead - issue him a warning or remove him.
I personally don't like the err committed by The Star the other day but to put the publication on suspension will eventually turn out to be a more disastrous decision. The Home Ministry has already issued out a show cause letter to the respective bosses, and I believe that's good enough.
The Star has already taken action against the sub-editor and personnel who made that mistake. An apology was published and that was sufficient enough. To err is human, and I was told the person who chose the picture was not aware of such tattoos on Erykah Badu.
Yes, this is a country that takes Islam as its official religion. However, the Muslims share the country with other faiths - Christianity, Hinduism, Buddhism, etc. As Muslims, we have to admit that we sometimes make derogatory remarks about other religions too.
So, let's not be carried away by emotion. If we keep asking for 'capital punishment' to be taken each time when such a mistake happens, then we should be willing to take up the punishment ourselves.
Its also no point to cling on to our sentiment for the sake of the party or organisation we lead. If we keep on with such an approach, sooner or later the whole nation will fall apart. There are plenty of ways to settle such disputes in a multiracial Malaysia!
Unless we want to politicise the issue for personal gain or throw it out of proportion.