I read with interest Helen's latest posting about Wong Chun Wai's ‘GE13: Don’t ignore the Chinese voice’ piece and I couldn't help giggling over it.
Talk about playing both sides, this is a classic case study of how you handle the situation after your horse lost the race.
As I don't read The Star, not even their online version, I didn't really pick up The Star's about turn as I don't really care to know what The Star have to impart.
Thanks to Helen, I get to see The Star's hedging game, of maintaining some link to the incumbent through a few pieces, but largely giving free reign to the "educated urbanites" within their ranks to express themselves openly.
Now that their horse didn't win, they immediately go into damage control.
I think when Wong Chun Wai wrote about the over confidence of the urban Chinese voters of their ability to topple BN, he was expressing The Star's own confidence of that outcome too, because The Star is the voice of these "educated urbanites".
This is truly the case of believing their own spin, and reinforcing that belief among the blinkered believers within their own circle in what I would normally term as "syok sendiri".
Now they realise, too late I would think, that they really needed the "uneducated" rural Malays and Bumiputras after all to win Putrajaya.
So they are going to continue the resentment momentum among the "educated urbanites" through the 505 rallies, playing the blame game to the hilt in the social media, and at the same time advocating reconciliation and moderation through their unofficial spokespeople.
Clearly an active accomplice in the build up of the Chinese Tsunami or what they prefer to call the Urban Tsunami nowadays, The Star is now in turn about mode too, all out playing the "we are all Malaysians" music, something you would never hear them playing with such vigor prior to May 5th.
The fact is, the Chinese have revealed themselves. The Malays have taken note. And The Star is singing 1Malaysia.