KUALA LUMPUR, July 6, 2015:
Gerakan Youth chief Tan Keng Liang has challenged Wall Street Journal (WSJ) to substantiate its report against government leaders.
Tan said if WSJ failed to do so, it should apologise and retract its report that Malaysian investigators who were probing 1MDB investments allegedly traced nearly US$700 million (RM2.6 million) worth of deposits from companies linked to the state investment arm going into what they believed was Najib’s personal bank account.
“Despite the freedom to report, WSJ must also be ethical and any accusation must be substantiated.
“But it seems that the report could not even get some basic facts correct.
“This matter has affected not only Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak but also the credibility of Malaysia as a whole.
“As such, I fully the support the PM to take legal action against WSJ, I think the people will support him too.”
Tan was commenting on the statement by Home Minister Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi who described the WSJ report as “irresponsible and reckless journalism”.
Tan said that it was not logical that anyone would simply place large sums of money into their own bank accounts.
He also cautioned that WSJ was a profit-driven entity and as such would publish the kind of news that will give them a lot of attention.
“They will have more coverage from a commercial aspect, but it’s definitely high time that WSJ brought out the evidence,” he told TheRakyat Post when contacted.
Meanwhile, MCA Religious Harmony Bureau chairman Datuk Seri Ti Lian Ker urged Malaysians to keep an open mind to avoid being biased, taking sides or selective on facts due to preconceived minds.
“Avoid being drawn into taking sides before the full facts are presented, but have an open mind instead and allow time for open facts to surface.
“Trial by media or sensationalism is not healthy for the socio-politic good or economy of the country.
“Let’s not be influenced by spins or half baked facts.”
Ti said the public must not make the mistake of prejudging as politicians may be using the media to engage public opinion.
He added that people should not fall prey to the media game, as some media organisations had their own agenda.
“At this moment, we seem to be in a frenzy over sensationalised reports, be it from bloggers or individuals.
“Information is coming so fast that people become judgmental just by reading the headlines.
“By right we should not form an opinion based on incomplete information as this will not augur well for democracy and our maturity as a nation.”