The people say : Boycott the newspapers !

Posted on December 27, 2007



Helen put this together from comments that have come to this blog.

People, are we on to something, or what?


Birdseye the Star Wars fan intonesYoda-like, “Sock it to the papers we must.” Hartal on mainstream media is neither a new nor original idea but it’s an idea whose time has come. 

We’ve collated the comment snippets below in chronological order from various threads in the People’s Parliament. They were posted in several spurts, from which we can trace the idea germinating in the aftermath of Bersih’s 10-Eleven, and picking up momentum following public disgust at the MSM spin on Hindraf’s march.  

The government crackdown on Bersih and Hindraf leaders has only hardened our resolve. When MSM, on cue, commenced its shameless spinning over-the-top, it prompted us …We, the People, to say ‘Enough is Enough!’ in a single cohesive voice.  

This is a Signature Corner and podium for everyone who supports Hartal  to declare their stand.   

1. Birdseye Says:
November 13, 2007 at 1:17 pm                                                                                                                                                                  The internet provides all the news I care about so I have not bought a newspaper for the last three years. If I want to see how the Star is ’skewing’ a certain event, like 10-11, I just log on to their website. It is a gross insult to have to pay for their propaganda.  

2. yh Says:
November 14, 2007 at 2:10 pm                                                                                                                                                               
when the sale of papers dry up, advertisement will go the same way. simply, if there are less readers, there is less incentive to advertise. i have steadfastly boycotted nasty pee and his gang of related papers since their unfair suit against jeff ooi and rocky. after decades of support for “THE PEOPLE’s” paper, i am now jettison the now state propaganda paper. Here, I come “THE SUN” and I am going to subscribe for “Malaysiakini”. 

3. ewoon Says:
November 14, 2007 at 3:43 pm                                                                                                                                                             
Down with mainstream newspapers! Boycott them. Let their advertisers know how we feel. 

4. farida Says:
November 14, 2007 at 6:24 pm                                                                                                                                                                     
I have just called my news vendor and cancelled my subscription to the Star.  

# 2 yh Says:
November 14, 2007 at 9:10 pm                                                                                                                                                               
farida way to go and you have company. no more STAR paper for me. if the SUN goes the same way, I will not hesitate to jettison it. 

5. Ben Says:
November 14, 2007 at 10:56 pm                                                                                                                                                     
Hallelujah! We have seen the light! For a while I have been wondering whether I did the right thing by boycotting the mainstream media, newspaper and TV news, 6 years ago. Now I know I did the right thing and definitely have a better perspective reading real news like M2Day, socio-politic blogs and of course People’s Parliament. Thats the way we do it. 

6. animah Says:
November 15, 2007 at 1:33 pm                                                                                                                                                                 
Just stop buying the papers – yes advertisers do look at circulation figures. 

7. Din Merican Says:
November 29, 2007 at 3:00 pm
                                                                                                                                                                      I fully support the boycott by the public of the major newspapers like the NST, The Star, Berita Harian and Utusan Malaysia and others. This initiative should be welcome by all Malaysians. But please use it as means to also promote the cause of free media and freedom of speech. 

8. VicRail Says:
November 29, 2007 at 10:30 pm                                                                                                                                                            
What a wonderful idea. 

9. balmen Says:
November 30, 2007 at 5:56 pm                                                                                                                                                          VicRail’s suggestion sounds good. I intend to boycott all MSM on the 20th of every month to start with. 

10. Yong Says:
December 1, 2007 at 9:03 pm                                                                                                                                                                        
I stop reading newspaper since last year! Will continue to do so. 

11. susah-hati Says:
December 1, 2007 at 10:03 pm                                                                                                                                                               
Now is the time boycott all the government mouthpieces NST, MALAY MAIL, Utusan and the Rest. Turn to independent
news sources. Dont read bullshit. We cannot be fooled anymore.

12. Kean Says:
December 2, 2007 at 6:28 am                                                                                                                                                                   
I’ve been boycotting local newspaper for more then 2 years and I happy to continue until they are free from the grasp of our useless government. Want local news? Goggle la, duh. Why so stupid paying RM1.50 for The Star just to read all those lies! 

13. Nilesh Says:
December 13, 2007 at 3:29 pm                                                                                                                                                                    
“I am going to boycott all products and services advertised in our local newspapers.” easy to be said then to be done.  

14. CHK Says:
December 21, 2007 at 3:43 pm                                                                                                                                                        Boycotting newspapers is one way. In parallel to boycott, I would like to suggest another method – go straight for the advertisers in these media. 

15. kimchan Says:
December 21, 2007 at 7:41 pm                                                                                                                                                                      
I have started boycotting the MSM, perhaps more than 5 years ago. I will sign up to help getting a new MP for Segambut, and yes, I will boycott the major products advertised in the MSM.

16. crankshafted Says:
December 21, 2007 at 8:13 pm                                                                                                                                                               
Haris, I’m fully in support of boycotting the newspapers, but I like your idea of boycotting even the advertisers. 

17. toyolbuster Says:
December 21, 2007 at 11:54 pm                                                                                                                                                                    
I have stopped buying MSM papers for a long time now. Saved a lot and every 2 months, I get to take my family out for a real treat with the savings. But I must confess, last week, I went to chow kit to buy some fish and a whole load of seafood for a BBQ dinner. I didn’t want to dirty my car, so I bought a paper (not going to mention which one in case they do a dirty one on me) to line the boot and floor mats. I chose the page with you know who’s photo on, for my floor mat and I enjoyed stepping onto it. And the rest, went into the BBQ pit 

18. what the Says:
December 22, 2007 at 1:02 am                                                                                                                                                               
Don’t boycott the newspapers, boycott buying them, read free ones from coffee shop, news from either side we must read, even if one side is full of Bullshits. Don’t spend your hard earn money into buying shits that you will only discard at the end of the day or use it to wrap up your pet poos. that’s my two cents worth of logic. incidently, since I cancelled my newspaper subscription and switched to free kopitiam papers in 2003+, I believe I have saved RM 1000+ . 

19. Surind Says:
December 22, 2007 at 2:09 am                                                                                                                                                                      
I support the call!  

20. (a). vanaja panickar Says:
December 22, 2007 at 10:22 am                                                                                                                                                                    
I stopped buying main stream newspapers many years ago who Dr.M was still PM. …So dear Malaysians, please follow Haris’s and my advice. Stop buying MSM. Only where there is demand there will be supply. We can, if we want to, put them out of circulation. 

20. (b). vanaja panickar Says:
December 22, 2007 at 10:25 am                                                                                                                                                                 
Oh, I forgot to add, I buy such newspapers when I need to use them as “toilet paper” for my cats 

21. K P VARAN Says:
December 22, 2007 at 3:05 pm                                                                                                                                                                    
A long time ago, perhaps more than 15 years ago I stopped buying the Straits Times / New Straits Times; the STAR; Tamil Nesan and another tamil daily when it became too vivdly clear that these publications along with the erstwhile BERNAMA were the eloquent mouth pieces of the Politicians who were taking the Malaysian citizens for a ride through their rampant pillaging and looting of citizens’ funds. 

22. Sky Says:
December 23, 2007 at 7:20 am                                                                                                                                                                  
The last time I read any online malaysian news was during the revathy situation and when Irene Fernandez got some peace price in Sweden and not one single media picked it up. So now i turn to blogs such as yours for the real news thank god for bloggers!  

23. tokio Says:
December 23, 2007 at 12:48 pm                                                                                                                                                               
One more can make a difference. I’ll terminate my subscription to the STAR newspaper and will not buy any other MSM. 

24. Free Malaysia Says:
December 24, 2007 at 9:57 am                                                                                                                                                                      
I have stopped newspapers being delivered to my house since last month. And the only thing I miss is the sports section actually – EPL live telecast matches schedule No point spending about RM75.00 per month for a bunch of lies. 

25. lostasylum Says:
December 24, 2007 at 10:27 am                                                                                                                                                              
have stopped buying star for a long time now. the only papers i read is the Sun, who are the most “left-wing” and also because i get it free in the office.  

26. Anti MSM Says:
December 24, 2007 at 10:57 am                                                                                                                                                           
Bravo, bravo. My family do not waste our money buying the MSM which are full of lies, distortions, manipulation of news, half-truths, or complete omission of important news. Boycott them all dear friends, when the circulations drop, the advertisers will quickly desert them. It is useful to note here that the circulation of the NST is boosted by hotels which are giving this rag free to their guests (often without any opportunity for any choosing other paper.) In such cases, those with pets can always take it home and use the newsprint to line their pet animal’s litter tray, or cage!!! 

27. BobSam Says:
December 24, 2007 at 11:49 am                                                                                                                                                                    
I have cancelled my daily subscription to NST since the legal action against Jeff & Rocky. But have replaced it with home delivery of The Sun.

28. Equalizer Says:
December 24, 2007 at 12:14 pm                                                                                                                                                                    
I agree. All we get daily is a dose of government crap and bullshit from the UMNO/MCA/MIC papers. Its time we HARTAL them.  But I would request that we NOT boycott the Sun. Its the only progressive mainstream paper but they are under tremendous pressure especially from Zambie and the fourth floor JPM cowards. 

29. didee Says:
December 24, 2007 at 12:19 pm                                                                                                                                                                
I’ve also stopped buying the ewspapers for a while now. Though i have to confess that I do read The Sun sometimes (It’s FREE!!!).  

30. maheswaran subramaniam Says:
December 24, 2007 at 2:11 pm                                                                                                                                                          
newspapers like the STAR, STRAITS TIMES is waste of money. there is more adverts than news and we need to pay too read all those adverts while these medias earn both ways. the news is crab except the sports and business. this is the only reason i buy the star but with internet why the heck we need to buy these papers. might as well donate this money to some charity 

31. trashed Says:
December 25, 2007 at 6:58 am                                                                                                                                                               
From what Haris says, the thrust of this initiative is to AVOID PAYING for NEWPAPERS. Doesn’t mean you don’t read the papers. Anyway, for me, I only access the MSM online. At some point in time, they will have to pdf the whole paper online anyway, so we should get used to it already. Besides, fewer trees are going to get cut down. 

32. Reinu Balakrishnan Says:
December 25, 2007 at 11:55 am                                                                                                                                                                    
I have not bought the papers in 8 years !!! I am forced to read STAR online to see if there are new rules, law changes, tax and other ‘LIFE’ altering money grabbing regulatings like fuel, toll, and other changes. If someone can update this on their blogs daily, NO MORE STAR ONLINE FOR ME. Thanks. We must punish liars and they are a plenty from the Govt TV and PAPERS. LIES, LIES, all the time. 

33. fletcher Says:
December 25, 2007 at 12:01 pm                                                                                                                                                                    
I have been boycotting the msm for the past 8 months and I am still doing it but do it at a larger scenerio we can start by boycotting for 1 month first and tell the delivery man to be patient and see the results after that. I am all for it. 

34. neutralsite Says:
December 25, 2007 at 1:41 pm                                                                                                                                                                  
i’m stop reading local newspaper long time ago 

35. GoldenApples Project Says:
December 25, 2007 at 2:19 pm                                                                                                                                                              
Agree with the title. Newspapers are not quality content. 

36. fainessforall Says:
December 25, 2007 at 2:45 pm                                                                                                                                                                   
For the past 2 years I have stopped subscribing to the newspapers as I find most of the news to be crap and lies. I rely on Malaysia Today and Malaysiakini and other blogs to get my news. They are more reliable.I am definetly for this boycott. 

37. IbnAbdHalim Says:
December 25, 2007 at 6:09 pm                                                                                                                                                                 
I’ve boycotted the mainstream newspapers since reformasi days i.e. before the call for the first boycott itself. I even boycotted the electronic media. 

38. Ramish Says:
December 25, 2007 at 7:02 pm                                                                                                                                                                      
I have stopped buying the newspaper along time ago. I have persuaded my other family members to stop buying as well. Indirectly we are also protecting the environment. ANY WAY ENUFF IS ENUFF about BN Propaganda 

39. Osman Bakar Says:
December 25, 2007 at 7:29 pm                                                                                                                                                                   
Its time now to theese MSM a lesson . I dont buy any of it. Only read through Internet. All must boycot, then it works 

40. martha Says:
December 25, 2007 at 7:56 pm                                                                                                                                                                  
No more Star for me definately. Its Malaysiakini from now on. 

41. Devan N Says:
December 26, 2007 at 10:46 am                                                                                                                                                           
Except for the Saturday and Sunday issues, I stopped buying the NST and Star about 6 years ago. Two months ago, I stopped even the Saturday and Sunday issues.  I am glad to see that many others are doing the same. 

42. Jason Says:
December 26, 2007 at 4:40 pm                                                                                                                                                                 
I’ve stopped buying The Star for years to save money and now I’m happy to know that not only I managed to save money, I’m also doing a good cause. I’ve been telling family and friends to stop buying MSM and will continue to do so.  

# 26 Equalizer Says:
December 26, 2007 at 3:19 pm                                                                                                                                                             
Indeed, I have stopped buying NST and Star some years back. It was just too painful to be taken in by their lies day by day. Now I just go for Malaysiakini and Malaysia Today and some other reliable blogs. But I do read The Sun though. I think they did some good exposes like the Port Klang Free Zone (PKFZ) scandal.  

43. Siva Says:
December 26, 2007 at 4:10 pm                                                                                                                                                               
After the Hindraf rally I stopped subscribing 3 newspapers i.e. The Star, NST and Tamil Nesan as I could not digest their blatant lies and nauseating head lines. I have opted to Malaysiakini 

44. rajan Says:
December 26, 2007 at 4:22 pm                                                                                                                                                               Good Luck. HIT THEM VERY HARD WHERE IT HURTS — Their POCKETS!  

45. Bee Nah Says:
December 26, 2007 at 5:57 pm                                                                                                                                                              
Great, for the last one year, I stopped reading MSM, mostly go onto Blogs such as this. 

46. Helen Ang says on December 27, 2007 at 2.47 am:                                                                                                                              I’ve compiled 45 unique comments above, and am adding my own now. I don’t read newspapers and it’s no loss. However, I do sometimes have to refer to MSM reports for my writing and this I can do online. Our emphasis for Hartal is “Don’t buy”, ‘buy’ being the operative word.