Tuesday, May 27, 2008

Boycott Utusan Malaysia and Mingguan Malaysia For Fanning Racial Hatred Says Pakatan Rakyat

The Pakatan Rakyat alliance has called for an immediate boycott of Malay newspapers Utusan Malaysia and Mingguan Malaysia for what it said was unfair reporting and for allegedly fanning racial sentiments.

In a joint statement issued at a press conference in the lobby of Parliament, Opposition leader Datin Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail said the mainstream media had shown signs of opening up since the results of the March 8 polls.

However, many publications still gave wider coverage to Barisan Nasional and its component parties, while stories on Pakatan Rakyat tended to be full of distortion and misinformation to discredit the alliance parties and their leaders, she claimed.

The Parti Keadilan Rakyat president was accompanied by alliance members DAP secretary-general Lim Guan Eng and PAS deputy president Nasaruddin Mat Isa in reading out the joint statement.

Dr Wan Azizah said the worst were the two aforementioned newspapers, which she claimed unfairly criticised and demonised Pakatan Rakyat leaders.

She also alleged these publications were always trying to provoke narrow ethnic sentiments, "clearly with the intention of creating anger among Malays against Pakatan Rakyat component parties." (The Star)

***** A boycott call probably won't work or at best will have only minimal effect. Those who are regular readers of these newspapers are 'hooked' on them and many will believe every word published no matter how ridiculous or far-fetched. The better alternative would be to rebut every silly and chauvinistic article or report head-on and hope for the best.

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4 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

How can this country call itself a democracy when all the newspapers and other mass media are controlled by the umno?

2:29 PM GMT+8  
Blogger Khairul H. said...

Actually, a boycott could affect their sales and in fact did affect their sales 10 years ago. During the height of the Reformasi era there was a ban of the press esp. UM, BH & NST and the BN-controlled papers suffered a downturn in sales. It was so bad that the Malay papers resorted to printing Anwar's photos practically everyday on the front page just to catch the eye of the potential buyer. The reports was of course still pro-govt. The only papers that didn't suffer in sales were the Chinese language papers.

So a ban can succeed because it worked before.

3:13 PM GMT+8  
Anonymous SM said...

UMNO is still at it aren't they? Boycotting these Newspapers would definately not hurt (however it may also unfortunately not make any difference).
What the PR should also do is make a Police Report (now the issue arising here would be will the Police do anything. No they will not! But, the Police Reports should be made) everytime these Newspapers make Racial Hatred Statements & the reason for making the Police Report should be highlighted to the Rakyat (similar to what was done here).

3:37 PM GMT+8  
Anonymous daniel said...

How can a boycott be of any benefit here I don't get it?

So what are going to ask the people to do, switch on the news where it is the same agendas anyway, or go online where the news and things being written are also being skewed more to Pakatan's side?

So what next, Pak Lah should urge us to boycott blogs because the blogs are not giving enough news about the good of BN?

3:50 PM GMT+8  

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