Star’s boss accused of bias against Red Shirts

Zaidi Azmi
Written by Zaidi Azmi

KUALA LUMPUR – Oct 17, 2016: A former Star journalist has criticised the company’s chief executive officer Datuk Seri Wong Chun Wai for writing what the former deems a lopsided article against the Red Shirts movement.

In his Facebook post yesterday, Cheah Sin Chong described Wong’s article as bias and hypocritical because he had conveniently failed to also criticise the Coalition of Free and Fair Elections, commonly known as Bersih, for causing the birth of the Red Shirts.

Cheah also pointed out that Bersih has organised four street protests since its inception in 2005.

In his column yesterday, Wong wrote scathing remarks about Red Shirts leader Datuk Jamal Yunoos who is also Sungai Besar Umno division chief, and what he calls “his young thugs in red”.

Wong chastised them for being ignorant of the horrors of a racial riot despite their alleged attempt at, as Wong puts it, resurrecting the ghost of May 13, 1969, everytime there is a Bersih protest.

His article followed an incident on Saturday where reporters of The Star were allegedly harassed by Red Shirts members at a hypermarket in Kuala Selangor.

Cheah thinks Wong’s article would have been more balanced if he had also criticised Bersih’s present and past chairwomen, Maria Chin Abdullah and Datuk Ambiga Sreenevasan.

According to Cheah, the duo and their supporters had also contributed to the current racial and social unease.

“We have all seen how people wearing yellow t-shirts using slippers to whack on a photo of Najib (Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak), performing mock Chinese funeral rites on a photo of Najib, carrying long, big banners with hell notes with a photo of Najib and many other acts that have angered the Malays.

“I am not trying to side with the Malays but let us be fair and zero in on the real culprits, which Wong has failed to do. Yes, Jamal shouldn’t have done what he has been alleged to do but why pinpoint only him?”

Cheah, who says that he dislikes both movements, insisted that if there is no yellow (Bersih) then there will be no red (Red Shirts).”

“So stop being a hypocrite! Stop giving excuses and pretending to be an angel.”

Blogger Helen Ang shares similar views on Wong’s purported biased article.

She noticed that Wong did not only pin the blame squarely on Jamal but had also tried to indirectly convince Umno’s top leadership that Jamal and his supporters were a liability to the party.

Helen claimed that Wong and others who want the government to stop the Red Shirts movement are working on an elaborate plan to ensure that the Bersih street protest on November 19 will not meet head-on with the Red Shirts.

“A successful Bersih will also help DAP convince Malaysians that Umno is a racist and reprehensible party, she remarked.



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Zaidi Azmi

Zaidi Azmi

If Zaidi Azmi isn’t busy finding his way in the city, this 26-year-old northern kampung boy can be found struggling to make sense of the Malaysian political scene. Zaidi can be reached at zaidiazmi91@gmail.com.