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KUALA LUMPUR, Jan 21, 2016:

Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Datuk Seri Dr Wee Ka Siong condemned the actions of a local news portal, saying that he had been misquoted in regards to the suspension of the Public Service Department (JPA) scholarships.

Stating that the inaccuracy was a failure of responsible journalism, he pointed out that he did not make any announcements regarding or confirming the suspension of the scholarship programme.

“A report today claiming that I had confirmed that the 2016 Public Service Department (JPA) scholarships had been suspended is flatly inaccurate and baseless.

“(The news portal) had neglected to contact me in order to perform a simple fact check for that article,” wrote the minister in a statement posted on his official Facebook page today.

He added that the news portal had misreported an article published by the Chinese daily, Sin Chew Daily, in which he had made comments on the issue.

“I cannot be held responsible if my comments are distorted.

“The issue of the purported JPA suspension had been reported for some days in the media quoting concerned parents and students on the issue.

“I had not announced the suspension, nor did I confirm it.

“In order to seek clarification on the issue, I had brought up the matter in this week’s (Jan 20) Cabinet meeting and, if need be, to find a solution to this matter, particularly from the JPA.”

He added that Prime Minister Datuk Sri Najib Razak had asked the Chief Secretary to the Government and the JPA to study and submit a report to the Cabinet next week.

Previously an article, entitled “Putrajaya suspends JPA scholarships amid falling revenue“, claimed that Wee had said that the JPA scholarships this year had been suspended.

The article resulted in the government receiving tremendous amounts of criticism regarding the issue.

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