Sarawak Report meets Malaysiakini

Malaysiakini got one of its writers to fire potshots at Arul Kanda Kandasamy, the CEO of 1MDB

Part-funded by the DAP, the news channel is reflecting the DAP’s innermost fear, fear that its support base is being swayed by Kanda and gang with facts and figures.

To contend with Kanda, Kini seems to have spent a considerable amount of money on Arulmania, a selective outrage machine that pettifogs every syllable that spills out of Kanda’s mouth.

That immediately summons the passion with which Clare blots the voter conscience with the ink of deception, an ink she knows is as indelible as the blot on her reputation is.

THE THIRD FORCE

The smartest thing about P Gunasegaram’s article in Malaysiakini (Kini) today was that he didn’t try to compete with Arul Kanda Kandasamy. If he did, he’d probably have ended up burying his credibility as a writer, which, for all intents and purposes, seems already to be hanging by a thread. So he did the next best thing – he minced his words and split hairs without actually pinpointing what the fuss was about. It was Clare Rewcastle Brown all over again, albeit with a new hairdo and gender change.

In typical Sarawak Report fashion – which seems to be the going trend these days – Guna branded the 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB) President and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) a liar without actually presenting us the evidence. That immediately summoned the passion with which Clare blots the voter conscience with the ink of deception. Basically, all Guna did was string together a whole bunch of meaningless syllables only the staunchest of opposition supporters could digest.

Yes, the DAP is hitting the panic button.

Not that Guna’s article was in any way a cause for concern, no, but the fact that Kini resorted to Clare-styled clichés betrays a lack of original thought, probably because the DAP, which part-funds the news channel, is determined to prevent the erosion of Chinese support. Let’s face it, ever since the party’s de facto chief – who, we all know, is Lim Kit Siang – signed a ‘death’ pledge with Dr Mahathir Mohamad by agreeing to diffuse the rocket, the Chinese have been all about his betrayal owing to the lifetime they spent watching him brand the former premier a “Muslim fanatic.”

And they’re not budging.

Given that Kini’s wheels are being generously greased by the good ol’ chaps at the Soros owned and linked establishments – which happen also to fund the DAP these days – it’s only logical that you’d expect the very brand of rhetoric that oozes from Sarawak Report, Wall Street Journal and New York Times to appear in Guna’s narrative. It’s the usual dose of fabrication dabbed in persuasive ink that at one time, used to reek of conceit and deceit.

Today, it’s smells of fear.

That helps explain Guna’s article.

Kini seems to have spent a considerable amount of money on Arulmania, a selective outrage machine that pettifogs every syllable that spills out of Kanda’s mouth. Ever since the 1MDB CEO announced a roadshow to set records straight, team Kit Siang has been biting its nails, jittery that the DAP’s existing voter base – the one comprising die-hard fanatics who’re used to reading headlines and deriving conclusions – is being swayed by Kanda and gang with facts and figures. There is genuine fear that the truth campaign will turn DAP supporters against the party and cause them to settle the score at the ballot box.

That explains ‘gumball’ Guna, Kini’s eleventh hour ‘solution’ to everything Kanda. True to Kini’s ways, all Guna did was blow some empty bubbles over answers the 1MDB CEO was said to have furnished the news channel with, answers he even forgot to list down, let alone contend with point-for-point. And we’re supposed to believe gumball and put aside all the charts, figures and calculations – you know, the cut-and-dry stuff – that Kanda has been presenting us with?

Does Guna think we’re idiots?

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