Just when we thought that it was ridiculous enough to read Mahathir's illogical suggestion about Muslims should take up 'swearing' instead of suing on The Malaysian Insider, another mainstream newspaper The Star is trying to outdo the ex-premier with another piece of trash reporting.
The newspaper suggested that Penang CM Lim Guan Eng's new hairdo was bad fengshui. Star reported "Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng attracted attention last October when he sported a lighter brown hairdo with bangs but the new-look seemed to coincide with a spate of bad luck for the DAP secretary-general."
It went on to suggest that "Lim went back to his trademark Brylcreem-look and things seem to have improved for him."
Its journalist Joceline Tan was the first columnist to have commented on Lim's new hairdo. It is not clear if the article was contributed by her. What is certain is this is a piece of poor journalism which degrades the level of professional and ethical journalism which we would like to see being upheld by mainstream newspapers in the country.
In a situation where most of the mainstream newspapers are being ridiculed as mouth pieces of their politically linked bosses, The Star should show a good example by dedicating its editorial space to important and serious public discourse on multifarious economic, social and political issues griping this country.
It should lead the way to promote healthy and intellectual debate and analysis on solutions, policies and good governance which will eventually benefit the country.
I am not defending the Dap leader but I am taking a stand against an abuse of editorial rights of editors and journalists who misuse their position to write and publish useless and sensational articles when many more serious contributors could only dream of being given similar access and space to share their views and opinions on a national newspaper.
This article is not going to help our plea to get politicians, commentators and observers to stay away from personal attacks, sensationalism and false accusations.
Now, do you still wonder why there are so much crap on the mainstream media? Can we get on to some serious business, please?