Posts Tagged ‘Permatang Pauh’

Slimeball Politics

August 26, 2008

I asked yesterday whose reporting we should believe – Bernama, which stated that the ‘Sodomy Accusation Exacts a Heavy Toll on Anwar‘  or Malaysiakini, which stated that an ‘Ustaz Leaves BN Campaign in Tatters‘.

Though perhaps we will never truly know the impact that Ramlang Porigi’s revelations had on BN’s campaign, we can logically conclude that his statements must have detracted from BN’s credibility, particularly given the reports that BN were broadcasting Saiful’s Quran swearing 24 hours a day on large screen TVs.

So while we can’t really comment on the accuracy of the title of that particular Malaysiakini story, we can certainly say they were at least on the right track which is more than you can say for Bernama, whose suggestion of Saiful inflicting a “Heavy Toll on Anwar” has been proven to be nothing more than mere BN propaganda.  While there are those who criticise Malaysiakini as being too pro-Opposition you can definitely say they are far fairer and more accurate in their reporting than Bernama (and have more cojones than The Star who on the eve of polling chose to headline the weather forecast in Permatang Pauh…)

I could not help but have a good laugh at BN’s expense when I read Arif Shah‘s absurd statement blaming his defeat on the Opposition’s “propaganda, promises and innuendoes”.

WHAT PROPAGANDA were the Opposition responsible for propagating?  That BN practises communal politics? It’s true!

WHAT PROMISES were the Opposition making?  That Malaysians can look forward to a future where corruption and racism will no longer be tolerated?  What’s wrong with that?  Perhaps if BN made similar promises and actually kept them, the rakyat would vote for them!

WHAT INNUENDO?  Were the Opposition screening a video of a coffee boy (or girl) swearing on the Quran that Najib raped his (or her) pert lil’ ass?  NO!  The only party involved in propagating a similarly vile and now discredited innuendo were the slimeballs in BN!

What possessed Arif Shah to make such an asinine statement?  On a related note, where was Arif Shah when UMNO Penang were asking UMNO to punish the people of Penang by scrapping all the projects funded by the Federal Government? Looks like the people of Permatang Pauh saw right through you Arif Shah, and your race-obsessed political party of hooligans and thugs.

After forecasting Anwar’s political doom 24 hours ago, Bernama begrudingly admits that Anwar Returns To Parliament After Win In Permatang Pauh.

By the way, I hope you’ve kept that shovel Khairy, ‘cos you should get a head start on digging your own political grave.

Congratualtions on your win Anwar.  PLEASE KEEP YOUR PROMISES TO US…WE’RE WATCHING YOU!

Ramlang Porigi? Never heard of him.

August 26, 2008

I was shocked to read of the latest turn of events involving Ramlang Porigi.

Pretty big story I thought.  So how did the various media organisations handle the story?  Let’s take a brief look.

Malaysiakini had four stories on Ramlang Porigi with one of them proclaiming ‘Ustaz leaves BN campaign in tatters‘.

The Malaysian Insider made Ramlang Porigi’s startling revelations their top story with a story entitled ‘Anwar campaign undermines Saiful’s Quran oath‘.

However, The Star, The NST and even The Sun don’t seem to have ever heard of the man.  No reports from any of them about what Ramlang Porigi said on Sunday in Permatang Pauh.

The Star chose a rather bland headline about how polling day in Permatang Pauh is likely to be wet.  So what Wong Chun Wai?

However, the NST is still headed by a story elaborating on the two PKR Penang exco members nabbed by the ACA.  Balanced reporting?

And what of Bernama?  To their credit, they do actually mention Ramlang Porigi but they are still stuck in an alternate reality because their story is entitled ‘Sodomy Accusation Exacts a Heavy Toll on Anwar’.  However, Bernama doesn’t comment on the substance of what Ramlang alleges, but merely cite Federal Territory Mufti Datuk Wan Zahidi Wan Teh whose sole criticism of Ramlang Porigi is that he is a ‘lowly ranked mosque official’.  So what?  How does that make anything he says unreliable?

Funny how even the title of the story in Bernama as against the title of the story in Malaysiakini are entirely contradictory!

So who is to be believed?  Bernama or Malaysiakini?

My money is on Malaysiakini – but we’ll know very soon won’t we?