I Tokmoh, therefore I am

April 4, 2008

Half boycotting MSM

Filed under: Politics — tokmoh @ 1:48 am

This past week, I’ve had a chance to pick up Utusan Malaysia, and God, I’ve never felt so disgusted when I read papers.

All my life, I’ve grown up reading English mainstream media (MSM), The Malay Mail, The Star and New Straits Times. They were all, well, biased to the BN govt, but at least there’s a sense of professionalism in their writing from a journalistic point of view. In fact, if ever any of them sounded disgusting and stupid, it usually comes out from the mouth of the ministers and MPs, rarely ever from the journalists’ mouth. I’ve stopped reading The Malay Mail for God knows how long, NST just last year, and that means I only read The Star today. Occasionally, whenever I’ve the chance, I’ll take The Sun and Malaysian Today too.

So when Subang Jayan answered the call for a boycott on MSM last month, I kept mum. I felt it’s wrong, because the MSM that I read may have a misguided political outlook, but they’re entirely acceptable on other factors, like education section,
they also cater an otaku column, on cars, on books, et cetera. Besides, their political take is easily understood by the fact that they’re owned by the component parties of BN. Dogs don’t bark at its owner, do they?

But for this past week, I can see what Subang Jayan is talking about. Racist remarks like “UMNO is Malay, Malay is UMNO”, “Malays, PKR and PAS are DAP’s yes men, stop supporting them!! Enough of our pride being sold off!!” and many much more disgusting quotes that I’d rather forget than rant at them. They’re mostly on SMS-to-the-editor, which should be re-named as praise-thread-for-the-racists.

Journalistically speaking, their news coverage are a daylight giveaway of being biased and some of them can be seditious too, while NST and the Star are more discreet, if I were to compare them. NST and The Star also gave a better coverage on issues regarding the Pakatan Rakyat, but still not any better than the internet ones, while Utusan wouldn’t hesitate to put a “DAP biadap” (DAP is rude, regarding their protest of a PAS Perak MB) headline. I would like to see them publish the photo of a protest banner of calling the Agung an animal, that would be very interesting to see. Their reaction, that is.

Nuff said. I never caught up with Malaysian language papers, and this week nailed the coffin. The English ones remain I suppose. It’s always nice to have a good laugh at how silly the ministers and MPs can get, rather than how silly the editors can be, which is not funny as I discovered with Utusan.



  1. Oh really, I haven’t been buying MSM for a very long time, but that doesn’t stop me from reading MSM even though i know MSM is giving shit at times.

    For very long time, I haven’t been supporting MSM. Let them earn whatever they want from the current govt. They do not even deserve my RM1.20 daily.

    I can always resort to thestar.com.my or malaysiakini.com for news.

    Isn’t it funny that MSM of Malaysia is always siding BN nowadays?

    Comment by Grace — April 4, 2008 @ 9:30 am | Reply

  2. That is korek korek korek!!

    You know, yesterday before I write this post, I read Utusan’s headline was romPAK LAH denies that he’s stepping down. Ok, everyone, place your bet, place your bet!! Say what, 1 month? A week? How much longer does he have left, ladies and gentlemen, so place your bet, place your bet!! Wakakakakak

    But the funniest bit is that it quotes romPAK LAH saying he still has a big support, it’s not 2/3, but he still gets the majority. Had enough of ROTFLMAO edi? Is he even aware that Pakatan Rakyat has 52% of popular vote? Aikawarazu nebosuke dana (translation: As usual, he’s a sleepy head)……

    I wouldn’t buy MSM except sundays, well, it’s the oni days with otaku zone, car reviews, books, musics, health, education, etc. But since it’s my dad’s money, then……just read everyday lah, lol.

    Comment by tokmoh — April 4, 2008 @ 12:07 pm | Reply

  3. aku tak tau la. boycott apa?

    its not that the RM1.20 they untung banyak. tak untung pun actually.

    kasihani lah govt kita.

    Comment by kevin — April 4, 2008 @ 2:22 pm | Reply

  4. It depends on you yourself. They can write what they want but you can choose which to believe.

    It’s good to read MSM on a daily basis to open urself up to the world. Sometimes you can even get to read about weird news.

    There’s one where a robber breaks into a house. The occupants were having their thanksgiving dinner in the dining room. The robber and the occupants came face to face. Then the robber told them that he would go away if they (the occupants) gave him (the robber) a hug and a glass of wine. They reluctantly complied and he actually left!

    News like this are priceless.

    Comment by vincent — April 6, 2008 @ 10:07 pm | Reply

  5. Kevin: Well, I never buy any BM MSM, and now I doubt I’ll read it even if I get a chance to.

    Vincent: Yep, that’s what I’m talking abt. As of now, I’d usually skip the political news when I read The Star. I’ve read a news abt a thief breaking in someone’s house, and when the owner returned, he called the police, which then came and arrested his, all while he’s still asleep!! That thief surely had a shock when he wakes up in a prison, wakakakakak.

    Comment by tokmoh — April 7, 2008 @ 4:48 pm | Reply

  6. Cop to thief : wake up dude, it’s all a dream. let’s go..


    Comment by vincent — April 8, 2008 @ 5:02 pm | Reply

  7. lolololololol.

    Dunno how come that thief so stupid break in nden sleep……must’ve had a nightmare, oni to wake up to see that dreams do come true, wakakakakakak

    Comment by tokmoh — April 9, 2008 @ 12:53 am | Reply

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