Between cheerleading and `alternative’ bias
|He he he…who will have the last laugh?|
There is a great disparity between the expectation on the Bengoh seat before the polling and the results after…why? Face it: the great expectations, in a big part, derived from the media we consume! The mainstream media, while always do cheer leading for the incumbent party that support the dam- that worried the residents to no end, they did concede the Bengoh seat as `grey’ eg Borneo Post. But some mainstream media eg Astro Awani which ran a nightly `Focus on Sarawak’ talk-show did had a panel of assessors -mainly local academics, who tagged Bengoh as a `hot seat’. So if you read the mainstream media you will get a hint of worry on the part of the incumbent candidate and party as well. When you read the alternative and Opposition media the description of Bengoh is not only `hot seat’ but also at the fore front of change for the 6 Bidayuh majority seats! This is helped along by You Tube videos which interviewed local voters in Bengoh’s town areas which featured the highly disgruntled voters spewing overflowing local dissatisfaction against the incumbent party. In a background of images of overflowing crowds in the nightly rallies of major cities reported in alternative media who would be faulted for thinking of Bengoh as a sizzling red hot seat? Each side is trying to be the cheer leader of their favorite side, leaving the truth, welcomed or not, to be exposed only on the polling night!
The above is true assuming that the election was free and fair-which many people would dispute as well.
Anyway the film for Bengoh-Ulu Bengoh Darom Piin, will try to be a truth seeking one, cheer leading only for the people’s voting right. As to where the votes never tally with `popular expectation’ you need to watch the film to find out. It should make a good watch on where cheer leading may not be serving your best interests. Where mainstream media has its well known/notorious bias, did cheer leading also led alternative media to feed you some `alternative’ bias? Noting that the `alternative’ media is also plagued by lack of reporters and share with the mainstream media in being urban bias there is definitely a need for more community media which stay closer to the ground to present the views from the rock bottom!
Another point about the cheer leading media is that: even the cheer leader sometimes may get confused themselves as they fall into their own `trap’….
|Who will come to my kampong to hear us out?|
|Kampong folk Simo:Where can I speak with my own voice????|
Hopefully the Bengoh film will help chart a new course for truth seeking media! The film is a production of TV Sarawak Bebas, which has been producing local documentations from the interior of Sarawak before the 10th Sarawak state elections. It will continue to do so with support from the many trainees created by its programs to empower rural citizens to speak for themselves through their own media!
The film will have its premiere show on Oct 2, 1.30pm, at Wisma Bentley Auditorium, Mutiara Damansara, PJ. All welcome! Go to the Freedom Film Fest facebook to find out more on the film fest eg how to get there by public transports. After that the film will follow the film fest on a road show to many other parts of Malaysia:
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