Kwong Wah Jit Poh reporter Adam Chew found himself becoming a news item instead of covering news. He was at the Speakers Corner in Penang attending the anti-Lynas protest when a scuffle broke out.
There was a commotion between pro-Lynas and anti-Lynas groups when Adam Chew ended up being walloped.
This portal does not condone any form of violence but participants who join demonstrations must know there are always elements of risks.
Those who are against the Lynas project must also accept that there are also those who are supportive. They have as much right to express their stand.
That is why pro-Lynas supporters are warned that they should not bring their children along as human shields. Even if that is not their intention, they should not bring them because protests are not picnics. There are elements of politics.
The scuffle that broke out in Penang is a clear example of why children should stay clear.
Back to Adam Chew. He was off duty and dressed in a green T-shirt – it clearly shows that he was a participant.
He was hardly objective. He is also known to be a hardcore supporter of the DAP.
In fact, Kwong Wah has openly pledged its allegiance to the DAP by devoting eight pages of pictures to the Lynas issue on Saturday including a page one with mostly pictures of DAP supporters.
There was even a centre spread of anti-Lynas pictures.
When pro-Lynas supporters blocked Lim Guan Eng’s car, Adam Chew was among those who tried to stop and challenged the pro-Lynas supporters.
He has also quickly blamed Umno when he has no evidence, basing his allegations on hearsay.
Our advice to Kwong Wah Jit Poh, the Penang-based newspaper, is to stay neutral and not take sides.