Will The Star be closed down if it refuses to apologise?
There's the warning of "stricter action". Not bad for just a press secretary of a minister.
Previously, I know that only press secretary of the PM dare to threaten a major newspaper like that.
Looks like nowadays are different. Malaysia Baru, I guess.
Well, I know that The Star has always tried its best not to apologise for such things in the past, if it can get away with it. Sorts of a matter of principle, it seems.
Let's see if The Star dares to not apologise as demanded for this one.
After all it was an exclusive interview with Mujahid;
No more night khalwat raids or
intrusion into Muslims private lives, says Mujahid
So, it must have been done in good faith.
How come the Mujahid's press secretary made it as if The Star have malicious intent by writing the story that way?
For all intents and purposes, I think The Star journalist who wrote and the bosses who edited the story thought the headline would boost Mujahid's image as an open minded minister in charge of Islam.
Hey, even I'm okay with it. Good what that those Jabatan people are not to kacau muslims anymore.
The Star people must have thought that finally, here's such a minister who is liberal and not so kampung stupid.
After all, Mujahid has sorts of build an image which could even be deemed as LGBT-friendly.
|Mujahid and LGBT activist Nisha Ayub during a recent meeting|
It was so bad that all the state muftis, except the one in DAP-controlled Penang went against Mujahid.
And as usual for politicians in this country, the best course of action is to blame the media, in this case The Star.
Well, so much for liberal, open minded Islamic minister.
I guess Mujahid will be more careful with how to craft his image next time.
Anyway, here's a song for this Monday morning.
Need to get up and go to work now.