Malay dailies ‘roasted’ over negative reporting on silver win


PETALING JAYA: Malay dailies Berita Harian and Kosmo are getting “roasted” by netizens over their “poor reporting” and “editorial judgment” on the Olympic silver medal win by Malaysian mixed-doubles badminton pair Chan Peng Soon and Goh Liu Ying.

Tabloid daily Kosmo had front paged the win as a disappointing one, with the headline: “Peng Soon-Liu Ying hampakan jutaan rakyat Malaysia (Peng Soon- Liu Ying let down millions of Malaysians)”.

The snapshot of the report was widely shared on Twitter, with users slamming the daily over the “negative” coverage.

User Malek Husin said (in Malay): ” What kind of paper is this? Such negative coverage.”

Blogger Lim Sian See also posted the snapshot on his Facebook page, saying it was uncalled for.

“Why say that millions are disappointed? They (the shuttlers) were not even expected to reach this far, and were certainly not among the medal hopes of the Olympic Council of Malaysia when they announced their medals target.

“We should be congratulating them and not saying they disappointed millions of us,” Lim posted, adding that the misjudged headline should be viewed as what it is – a poor judgment on the part of editors, and not through a racist lens.

As for Berita Harian, the flak was over their tweet: “Olympic : Peng Soon -Liu Ying sekadar raih perak (Peng Soon – Liu Ying merely secure a silver)”.

The front page of the print version carried a similar tone.

This negative tone was completely different from the daily’s approach to the bronze medal win of keirin cyclist Azizulhasni Awang on Tuesday. The tweet went: “Azizulhasni Awang makes history by becoming the first national cyclist to win an Olympic medal with a bronze win in keirin”.

Twitter user Asrul Muzaffar shared the tweet, asking, “Same media, owned by the government. Why is the reporting tone so glaringly different?”