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The Star: Supine mouthpiece of the BN

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Is it possible that Barisan may one day lose by popular votes but still form the government and maybe even have a two-thirds majority in Parliament? What will The Star say then, wonders John Inbaraj.

The Star (pg 2, 22 June 2011) says, “Bersih 2.0 rally is still politics all the same.”

Anyone reading The Star’s editorials and articles by its in-house editors/writers know from the start that the contents will favour the government. It’s only a matter of the strength of such leaning.

In the piece referred to above, the writer seems to link the Bersih organisers with “their political ringleaders”, referring, of course, to the opposition.

The writer judges Bersih as a populist organisation. He further states that had past elections not been credible, “the Pakatan Rakyat would not have won its several unprecedented victories in 2008”.

Such simplistic views are fit only for primary school kids. Had the elections been actually free and fair, couldn’t I suggest that Pakatan may have actually won more states and/or state and parliamentary seats?

Is it fair that Barisan-favoured constituencies are disproportionately smaller than opposition seats, some as many as ten times?

When armed forces personnel are free to move around for coffee breaks, why can’t they vote at polling stations? Why postal votes? Does The Star think this is fair and free?

The writer seems to forget that there have been numerous rallies by NGOs in its struggle for justice. Are readers supposed to passively swallow statements such as “if there had been no need for such demonstrations before (why now?)”

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In the early days, The Star had among its columnists some very vocal individuals. They included the Tunku, Mohamed Sopiee and Tan Chee Koon. Of course their columns were ‘sanitised’ after Operation Lallang and the Star changed its direction to be the mouthpiece of the government.

How can intelligent people put aside logic in their writing? Is it a requirement for continued employment with The Star?

The EC is a tool of the Barisan, but they do not have a two-thirds majority in parliament to enforce an electoral re-delineation exercise. PM Najib has also declared that the BN must win back Selangor from PKR, at any cost! How is this going to happen? Many envisage that the Barisan will fall harder. I simply cannot visualise a Barisan victory.

The way the EC has been manipulating electoral boundaries – is it possible that Barisan may one day lose by popular votes but still form the government and maybe even have a two-thirds majority in Parliament? What then, Star?

John Inbaraj is an Aliran member.

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