So… tomorrow we’re going to the polling centres to decide the future of the next 5 years. This will be my first time voting. Anyway, received a forwarded email which I feels it has to be voice out for the public to know. Just remember to tick for BN on the ballot paper.

It reads:

and staff of the
Star Publications (M) Bhd

C:C to all Contacts.


Dear publisher,

With much regret and disappointment over the star publication i am writing
this letter.
I strongly condemn and object all your articles in the star the pass few
days. Very clearly i can see that your articles on the coming general
election is giving a one sight report and supporting the barisan Nasional
Government. I view this as something not healthy and a threat to the future
of the the media.

You use the caption MALAYSIA DECIDES 2008 in your General election report.
How to decide when you don’t even give a report on the opposition party.
Lim kit siang, Anwar Ibrahim and other oppositions gave many ceramah`s in
penang, But i don’t see any detail or article on that events. and even if i
had see, It would be a negative report on that party. What kind of practice
is this in a democratic country ? We as the rakyat and reader of the star
expects and demand equal coverage and news on all parties in the general
election. Yes it`s good to tell the nation what the barisan has done for
it`s people and the development it has brought to this country, at the same
time it is also important to hear from the opposition their views and
vision for the country. Whether they are giving empty promises, or lying,
it is for the rakyat to decide. Not for the government or for your
publication to decide or come to an conclusion.

In your publication today 28/2/07 page N 11, there is an advertisement from
MIC. What kind of advertisement is that. Is MIC trying to instill fear in
the nation and getting votes by threatening us. It say`s IF YOU DON’T VOTE
by that. That statement has already breach the election campaign law which
prohibits nominee’s from threatening the voters. I see only Barisan
Nasional `s advertisement in the star.. Aren`t there any other parties
contesting in this coming general election? Every single day i see so many
full page BN advertisement, Have they not yet exceeded the campaign budget
limit approved by the election commission for all parties. I know how many
thousands it cost for a single page advertisement in the star. Or is the
star sponsoring the pages for BN… If yes, then why is the star not
sponsoring also for DAP, KEADILAN and PAS. There are also readers whom
support the opposition as much as the readers whom supports BN. This is
such and insult to all readers of the Star. We give you business and you
pay us back in this way ?

When reporting on news which refers to Dato seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi and
Datuk seri Najib Tun Razak, your publication refers them as the Prime
Minister and the Deputy Prime Minister of Malaysia. Has your editors forget
that the Parliament has been dissolved. What right do you all have then to
officially call both this people current ministers of Malaysia. Aren’t` you
all then giving false information to the readers.

I send this email as and warning to the Star Publication to give and equal
coverage to all parties on the General Election. It`s is also a call from
the Election Commission President of Malaysia to give and equal and fair
coverage to all parties. If your company were to still publish report on a
one sight view after reading this email, I am going to launch a boycott on
the star publication and urge penang people not to buy the Star. I will go
all out for it using my contacts and influences and make sure people do not
buy the Star. There are alternative paper like the SUN which provides equal
news to the nation. Why then spent more to buy news which is not fair and
equal to all. I hope this is the start for a change in the way your reports
are being published. Let the Nation decide, and dont fool your readers.

Sudhagaran Stanley,
Islanders Tamil Youth Network.


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