An unfriendly report or being objective? (Graphics by : Dayang Norazhar)
KUALA LUMPUR : The Wall Street Journal, perceived as a sympathiser of Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim, has come up with an article stating if the Opposition leader "wants to practice civil disobedience, he can't pretend to be innocent at the same time."
The recent WSJ article is focussed on Anwar's involvement in the recent Bersih 3.0 rally.
The WSJ writer is of the opinion that Anwar did indeed practice civil disobedience and by doing so he can’t pretend to be innocent, in relation to the flouting of the Peaceful Assembly Act, of which Anwar is being charged.
The article suggested that a much better way of convincing the public that the Peaceful Assembly Act is an unjust law is for Anwar to plead guilty and pay the fines after being charged for being a part of an illegal assembly under the act.
The article credited Datuk Seri Najib Razak’s reform but stressed that the opposition parties has good reasons to criticise them as inadequate.
The WSJ article attracted a very strong reaction, labelling the WSJ writer’s opinion as a combination of both stupid and ignorant.
Using “Rupe Murdock” as his/her byline, the writer stated that he hoped WSJ was not spoon-fed by some agencies or individuals linked to the Najib administration.
"Rupe Murdock" further chastised the WSJ writer and questioned whether the publication was now hiring primary school students, pointing out that if Anwar pleaded guilty (as suggested by the WSJ) and fined more than RM2,000, he will be disqualified from contesting in the next general election.
But "Rupe Murdock" should probably read on another WSJ article on the same issue - a favourable write-up towards Anwar and addressed what the outcome would be if Anwar is found guilty of flouting the Peaceful Assembly Act.
Though rare, another time that the WSJ has published an article that caused more than blushes for Anwar and his supporters was less than five months ago.
In an interview in January, Anwar was quoted by the WSJ as saying "I support all efforts to protect the security of the state of Israel."
He was roundly criticised both locally and abroad, sparking conjectures that Anwar had uttered those words to please his pro-Zionist supporters abroad especially from Washington.