Is this a hint for Malaysiakini?

Bernama reported that Information Minister Ahmad Shabery Cheek made a remark regarding the journalistic misjudgement made by Malaysiakini over a so-called ‘(UMNO) election manifesto’ that was erroneously attributed to Deputy Prime Minister Najib Razak.

Shabery said that it was within the legal purview of the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC) to decide on whether ‘to act against Internet news portal Malaysiakini, which published an e-mail supposedly linked to Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak’s election manifesto for Umno’s polls’.

“It is only appropriate if the MCMC, which is under the Ministry of Energy, Water and Communications, takes action against Malaysiakini since it concerns an online news portal,” he told reporters after presenting excellence service awards and farewell gifts to retiring staff of the ministry at Angkasapuri here tonight.

Perhaps Malaysians would also want to know what the MCMC and the Minister of Energy, Water and Communications think of this matter. Well, according to today’s Berita Harian, the Minister of Energy, Water and Communications had indeed made a comment and he revealed that the MCMC had started its investigation on this matter.

Also see here for the Home Ministry’s response that was reported in Utusan Malaysia Online.


4 Responses to “Is this a hint for Malaysiakini?”

  1. 1 prof JOHN B 22 October 2008 at 11:39 am

    Of course !! It’s not a hint. It’s simply straight forward. When we make a mistake , they will pounce on us and beat us up into shreds. But when they make one, they will sweep it under the carpet and defend themselves until the sundown. No big surprise. Thats how UMNO and their cronies work. Its a sheer waste of time trying to discuss with these blokes.

    prof JOHN B

  2. 2 Capt. Sivalingam 22 October 2008 at 3:38 pm

    maybe it’s a way to “persuade” malaysiakini to slant their news in favour of umno if the “foaming at the mouth” intellectual refrains from taking action.

    i tell you, sir, the days of leaders being intelligent men and women a now just a fond memory. the current crop of “leaders” have the collective intellect of a packet of nasi lemak.

    says something about us, doesn’t it?

  3. 3 dev 22 October 2008 at 4:47 pm

    Yes, it’s double standards. That’s what Malaysia is all about. They can say whatever they want on whomever they so wish and get away scot free but if it is the other way around, the poor soul will be punished and taken to task for. The pressure must be kept up by the people, that’s is the only way that reform will take place.

  4. 4 meetho 22 October 2008 at 7:55 pm


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