Once, I even proposed to the TIM President Tan Sri Ramon Navaratnam to award The Sun with a social activism prize for making responsible and criticial reporting on issues which affect us all e.g corruption, poor governance, bad economic policies, irresponsible politicians etc.
Many politicians including many from the BN hold the paper in high regards. Hence, I am surprised when the Minister of Information Zainuddin Maidin criticised The Sun for being a DAP mouthpiece. This accusation which came from the incumbent minister of information showed that he is outdated and outmoded. Previously, Zam likened the bloggers to communists. Little does he know that communism as an ideology is long dead (pretty much like his brain).
He said Gerakan adviser Dr Lim Keng Yaik's assumption that the Malay and Chinese newspapers favour certain parties and are not fair to all the races was inaccurate. I wonder if he reads the Utusan Melayu. On the contrary, in many issues, "the Chinese and Malay newspapers are fairer to Malaysia than certain English newspapers.
"To say that theSun newspaper is a champion of Bangsa Malaysia shows that Dr Lim Keng Yaik sympathises with the newspaper which has all this while fought more for (the DAP's) 'Malaysian Malaysia'.
"In many issues, theSun newspaper has touched on matters that offend the Malays, including the special rights of the Malays, the New Economic Policy (NEP), the social contract among the races that was agreed upon before Merdeka and also the question of unity in the society," he said.
What is wrong with the concept of Malaysian Malaysia? Does Zam expect unity where the minorities in this country are treated as second class citizens? Is the concept of 'ketuanan Melayu' consistent with Islamic values?
Zam's statement proved that he is out of touch with the present generation of Malaysians who expected to be treated equally. None of the non-Malays would agree that the affirmative action to help the poor Malays and other indigenous people should be stopped. In fact, many non-Malay middle-class have donated generously to the tsunami charity drive to help many kampung folks in Kedah, Perlis and Penang.
I would like to remind Zam that almost 43% of Malays did not agree that the NEP has helped them but instead the policy has benifitted the UMNO Putras.
If Zam does not agree that all of us should become more Malaysians, then he is welcomed to go back to his ancestors' homeland.