Malaysia’s The Star had controversial front page today.
Like in years past the tabloid-sized paper carried a photo of Malaysian Muslims in their first terawih prayers to start off the month of Ramadan.
This year, however, it also carried a banner headline above the photo that read: Malaysian Terrorist Leader.
Some readers took offence, reading into this one of many repeated attempts by the Chinese-owned The Star (it’s owned by the Malaysian Chinese Association, one of the parties making up the ruling coalition) to cast insinuations on the Malays/Muslims.
The Star responded with an online apology this evening:
They also felt that The Star has once too many times tried to insult Malays or Muslims and nothing short of a sacking of it’s chief editor or closure of the paper is enough (interesting comments in a Facebook posting by Rocky Bru)
The Star insiders, however, feel that they have not done anything wrong, certainly not more wrong than the government-controlled papers that also ran the terrorist story on Page One together with the obligatory photo of the terawih prayers.
So is this a case of racial/religious hypersensitivity, a paper going too far with it’s headlines or a half-hearted apology? And how will this issue play out over the next couple of days?