Alamak. Kesian, Joceline Tan. She kena hentam right and left for her latest article in her Sunday Column “Insight” : On the Wings of Youth Wings, (The Star). And to think my ex-boss Steven Gan of Malaysiakini actually wanted me to write like her – once upon a time. It’s true-lah. Me? I was stunned. But Steven liked the way Joceline described her subjects or paint color into her stories. and Joceline got many UMNO sources, though some are “political insiders” with no names.
Anyway, Steven wanted me to emulate her, for example, because she is really good at describing how situations or people look like, as in DAP’s Teng Chow Kim is “reed thin”. Something like that-lah. I didn’t want to write like anyone else (have to have my own style mah), much less, her. So, I said “Sorry-lah, Steven, I can’t do it”. I would also tease him alot about it, and would be very cynical whenever her name was brought up in our conversations. But the fact is, when I am writing a story, I am really too busy with the content of the story than to bother if my subject’s is bald or hairy like a monyet.
Speaking about monyet, Joceline’s article incurred the wrath of many a blogger. Many took offense at certain quotes, for example, when she played the “apologist’ for Khairy the Son-In-Law, when she said: “ Khairy is being called all kinds of names on the Internet, from monyet to racist”.
Like, hey, who called who monyet first?! If she had only put that line in context, it would have made all the difference, wouldn’t it? But I guess, it got censored? Anyway, Joceline is really an experienced journalist, so who’s to tell her how to write, eh?
The other quote that got everyone riled up was this one: “The 31-year-old rising star evokes strong and often negative emotions from people outside his party but within Umno, he is the most happening guy”.
Yeah, happening – like being racist, irritating, annoying, aggressive and calling bloggers names. But Khairy fans will say: That’s his freedom of speech, what. You think you bloggers only have the right to speak and call people names, ah?
Aiyoh, then what do we say?
Anyway, the one that sounded the most absurb was a quote from a “political insider” who said “Khairy reminds many of the young Dr. Mahathir”. Joceline did not say this, a “political insider” did. Anonymous, some more. Either, he must be so afraid of sounding absurd that he chose to remain anonymous, or he/she doesn’t exist.
Whichever it is, to me, a monyet is a monyet is a monyet is a …