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KUALA LUMPUR, July 20, 2015:

Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC) and the Malaysian government’s actions of blocking Sarawak Report (SR) is a big mistake that is bound to fail, says PAS deputy president Datuk Tuan Ibrahim Tuan Man.

He noted that the move to block the website was rather ineffective in the current globalised world and that the action would further inflame the interest of the people as well as the international community to read the contents published on the site.

Tuan Ibrahim said the act of blocking the site in itself provided the people with credence towards SR compared to the Malaysian government and parties who regarded the site to be spreading detrimental rumours and that a defamation suit should be filed against it.

“Reasons claiming that the site disturbs the ‘country’s stability’ is incorrect because what is really disrupting the ‘country’s stability’ is the 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB) crisis, and how the company is settling its debts.

“After Tabung Haji, the Employees Provident Fund (EPF), the Retirement Fund Incorporated (KWAP), and now Tenaga Nasional Bhd (TNB) has emerged to deal with 1MDB to the proposed purchase of 1MDB’s 13 energy assets.

“Will the people be burdened by the cost of these purchases with higher electricity tariffs,” he wrote in his official Facebook account today.

He added that in order to maintain the stability of the nation, the Special Task Force set up to investigate 1MDB should be given a deadline to urgently finish the investigation, and ensures that the findings were disclosed publicly.

Tuan Ibrahim hoped the arrest of former PetroSaudi International director Xavier Andre Justo, leading to the exposure in the sale of false information on 1MDB, could not be counted as a reason to delay or halt the investigation altogether.

“Is Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak suing the Wall Street Journal (WSJ), as the 14-day period granted towards WSJ to come up with an explanation, starting July 8 will expire in two days.

“If Najib does not sue WSJ, Najib has to take leave immediately. In this chaotic circumstances, Najib should go on Umrah. Take time to self-reflect on what is being borne by the people due to his leadership,” he commented.

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