In journalism, novelty is king.
“When a dog bites a man, that is not news, because it happens so often. But if a man bites a dog, that is news”, as it is attributed to an American editor John B. Bogart.
Do you wonder why the media – at least Utusan, NST, The Star, The Sun, Sin Chew and Oriental Daily that I have checked through – choose to downplay the Selangor Police’s attack on citizens singing national anthem?
You expect people get punished only for showing contempt, not respect, to the national anthem.
In Thailand, you will get fined for standing up when the national anthem is played in the cinema.
Where on earth would you find police attacking people for singing their own national anthem?
is it not newsworthy to report Malaysian police’ attack on Malaysian citizens singing the Malaysian national anthem – in short, Malaysian police attacking Malaysian national anthem?
I can only imagine Nazi German gestapo beating up Austrians singing Austria’s national anthem; WWII Japanese soldiers assaulting Chinese nationals singing China’s anthem; Soviet KGB dragging away Baltic citizens singing the pre-war national anthems of Lithuania, Latvia or Estonia.
If they did, you know why. They were the occupiers, and singing the national anthem of the state occupied or to be liberated is subversive.
I am not sure whether the British police had ever beaten up any Irish for singing Amhrán na bhFiann.
One can be quite sure that none of our founding fathers had been arrested, punched and even had their shirt torn for singing the Negaraku.
Not even the late Tunku had such honour.
So, at the moment the police officers pushed a 53-year-old mother Dian Abdullah to fall and bleed, punched state assemblyman Lau Weng Sang and torn parliamentarian Tony Pua’s shirt, who did they see themselves as? To which country they pledge their loyalty?
I can’t help asking these questions till now.
I think I can understand why the CPO needed to lie about the police attack on Negaraku and the media need to downplay or even ignore the news. Can’t you?