Monday, May 14, 2007

According to an editorial in the New Straits Times, the Chinese in Malaysia " is a community that traditionally keeps their thoughts and feelings on issues to themselves" and "they rarely open up" but I saw no New Straits Times reporter or writer present yesterday at the public launching - which was conducted mainly in Prince Andrew's mother tongue which the newspaper's reporters and writers understand anyway - of Dr. Kua Kia Soong's May 13 - Declassified Documents on the Malaysian Racial Riot of 1969 (Petaling Jaya, Suaram, 2007) held at the Kuala Lumpur-Selangor Chinese Assembly Hall. There is also no news report of the book launch or even the existence of such an important book in the New Strais Times today.

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Blogger Monsterball said...

Hi James,
Basic Information control textbook.

Step (1) Deny - pretend no such event is occuring. In the old days newspapers and TV were pretty much the only mass communication tool this was often good enough.

Step (2) Denigrate - They will criticise the book as "inaccurate", "politically motivated"

Step (3) Delegalise - The book will be banned.

Step (4) Detain - In the bad old days the author may "disappear".

Goebbels, Stalin, Mao , were all experts at this, our local practitioner is Lord Zam.

12:36 AM  
Blogger James Wong Wing-On said...

You don't remember Senator Joseph McCarthy and his supporters in the US in the 1950s, General Pinochet in Chile in 1970s-1990s, Chiang Kai Sek from 1949 to 1976 in Taiwan, General Suharto in Indonesia from 1965 to 1998? With due respect, I must say your Cold War or one-sided bias has not been totally erased yet.

1:32 AM  
Blogger James Wong Wing-On said...

and Marcos in the Philippines from 1969 to 1986

2:16 AM  

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