Challenge to Najib to institute legal proceedings against five international media for defaming him or his administration – Wall Street Journal, Al Jazeera, New York Times, Economist and Channel News Asia

It is understandable that the new Communications and Multimedia Minister, Datuk Seri Salleh Said Keruak is so upset that he has shot off another protest against international media reporting on Malaysia – this time complaining that Channel News Asia (CAN)’s documentary, A Fractured Nation, for being biased because the sources quoted were only from the Opposition.

Salleh had been Minister for Communications and Multimedia for only two short months, but the number of bad press for Malaysia in the international media during Salleh’s tenure as Prime Minister, Datuk Seri Najib Razak’s Communications czar is already many times the bad press under his predecessor, Datuk Seri Shabery Cheek, even putting together Shabery’s two spells as Information Minister for 13 months under Tun Abdullah and Communications Minister for 26 months under Najib.

Who must bear responsibility for the current spate of bad international press by Malaysia, whether printed or electronic – Salleh, Najib or the international media?

Salleh complained that the CNA documentary A Fractured Nation portrayed a bad image of Malaysia.

The pertinent question is whether CNA had irresponsibly given a bad image of a good condition in Malaysia, or had truthfully reflected what is undoubtedly a bad situation in Malaysia!

Malaysians should be allowed to decide for themselves whether it is the former or latter, and I have asked the administrator of my social media to locate A Fractured Nation documentary to let Malaysians pass judgment on the matter.

Be that as it may, Salleh should explain the reason for the current spate of bad international media, both printed and electronic, in the past few months – whether this the fault of Najib administration or is he really suggesting that there is an international conspiracy involving the international media to demonise and topple Najib, which appeared to include even the former Prime Minister, Tun Mahathir?

It is really unbelievable, Mahathir, betre noire of world Jewry in his 22 years as Prime Minister of Malaysia, suddenly transformed overnight and stand accused as being “hand-in-glove” with the Jewish forces of the world to demonise and topple Najib as Prime Minister of Malaysia!
What other fairy tales Najib’s highly-paid publicists and communicators want Malaysians to believe?

Najib should listen to the advice from his brother, the CIMB group chairperson Nazir Razak that the government has to provide answers to the controversies plaguing it to restore international market confidence and “change the current narrative about Malaysia with answers or legal suits”.

For a start, Najib should institute legal proceedings against five international media for defaming him or his administration in recent months, viz:

– Wall Street Journal for its report of July 2, 2015 on the RM2.6 billion “donation” in Najib’s personal banking accounts;

– Al Jazeera for its 101 East current affairs programme, “Murder in Malaysia” on Sept. 11, 2015 casting adverse reflections on Najib and his administration in the case of the brutal murder of Mongolian Altantunya Shaariibuu;’

– New York Times for its report of 21st September 2015 that a US federal grand jury is examining allegations of corruption and money laundering involving Najib and people close to him under the Department of Justice’s Kleptocracy Asset Recovery Initiative.

– The Economist for its report “Race in Malaysia: Playing with fire” on Sept. 24, 2015 on how “A floundering government risks igniting ethnic tensions”; and

– Channel News Asia for its “A Fractured Nation” on 24th Sept portraying a bad image of Malaysia.

Najib will not be able to sue New York Times if its report that Najib is being investigated by the US Department of Justice (DOJ) under its “Kleptocracy Asset Recovery Initiative” programme is true.

But Najib should know the true and actual position. Can he enlighten Malaysians whether he is being investigated in the United States under the DOJ’s Kleptocracy Asset Recovery Initiative.

If necessary, he should ask President Obama straight when he meets the American President.

Let Najib clarify this crucial matter from the United States Government!

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  1. #1 by lauksnatlks on Sunday, 27 September 2015 - 8:23 am

    Elegant Silence. Should have sent for Jamal to shout instead.

  2. #2 by worldpress on Sunday, 27 September 2015 - 9:14 am

    Agreed represented those corrupted!
    Can we deny represent us!

  3. #3 by Godfather on Sunday, 27 September 2015 - 11:22 am

    The whole world knows this is a pro-corruption regime, so what’s there to complain ? Salleh should just remain quiet like the rest of the cabinet.

  4. #4 by boh-liao on Sunday, 27 September 2015 - 12:44 pm

    Got [email protected] 2 SUE them meh?
    Dare only 2 bully local media n politicians who spoke d truth n obvious

    Mayb get d BUTT shakers 2 ding dong in front of some offices, while stirring up racial tension 2 bypass d issues

  5. #5 by boh-liao on Sunday, 27 September 2015 - 12:44 pm

    Got [email protected] 2 SUE them meh?
    Dare only 2 bully local media n politicians who spoke d truth n obvious

    Mayb get d BUTT shakers 2 ding dong in front of some offices, while stirring up racial tension 2 [email protected] d issues

  6. #6 by TheWrathOfGrapes on Sunday, 27 September 2015 - 2:18 pm

    Malaysia: A Fractured Nation

    I thought it is a very balanced piece……..

  7. #7 by boh-liao on Sunday, 27 September 2015 - 4:45 pm

    On d other hand, d nation must THANK AhCheatKor 4 making M’sia infamous n a JOKE worldwide
    At least global citizens knew Malaysia, a failed racist nation dat lost TWO planes in 1 year n whose peeM received DONATION (NO string attached?!) fr a Middle East person

  8. #8 by Justice Ipsofacto on Monday, 28 September 2015 - 11:42 am

    In that bunch of foreign media named, CNA stands out as the odd member.

    CNA is Singapore based and Singapore owned. Here lies the oddity.

    Singapore have always preferred the continuance of Umno and Barisan in the seat of power in Malaysia and Singapore do so for their own benefits.

    They are only fearful that a change of government in Malaysia could somehow be mirrored in Singapore. For them, how poorly or badly umno have performed is not an issue at all.

    Hence to my mind the airing of the programme can only be seen as a political statement from the island nation.

    Singapore’s main concern is self-preservation (totally understandable). And given the close proximity between the two nations any undesirable political developments in Malaysia can easily and quickly overflow into Singapore, either politically or economically or both.

    Considering that the fall of umno is now inevitable (only a matter of time) there really is little point left for Singapore to harbour their long held desire for political status quo in Malaysia.

    That being the case, Singapore must, as logic would dictate, take a bet and be seen to flow with the popular opinions.

    Hence the programme: A Fractured Nation.

  9. #9 by quigonbond on Monday, 28 September 2015 - 2:33 pm

    The US Kleptocracy Asset Recovery Initiative is known as KARI in short. When someone in Malaysia has only kari rice to eat, that’s usually a code that he’s in prison. I guess Najib will be eating KARI rice soon. How apt.

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