Another evidence of Utusan Malaysia’s relentless effort to spearhead Najib’s Media Transformation Programme to transform news into lies, truth into falsehood, fact into fiction and information into misinformation

Another evidence of Utusan Malaysia’s relentless effort to spearhead Najib’s Media Transformation Programme to transform news into lies, truth into falsehood, facts into fiction and information into misinformation

The Kuala Lumpur High Court award of RM250,000 in damages and RM30,000 in costs against Utusan Malaysia in favour of former Perak Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Mohamad Nizar Jamaluddin over the WWW1 car number plate issue is the latest evidence of the UMNO media’s relentless effort to spearhead Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak’s Media Transformation Programme (MTP) to transform news into lies, truth into falsehoods, facts into fiction and information into misinformation.

In its role to blaze the path towards media transformation programme, Utusan had set a new record for both national and international media, as the media whether inside the country or in the world which is not only the most sued for defamation but for losing the most defamation suits, including:

• Two libel suits by Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng who was awarded RM400,000 in accumulated damages for both suits;

• Judgment of RM50,000 in damages to DAP National Chairman and MP for Bukit Gelugor Karpal Singh in December 2012 for a “mischievous” Utusan article painting him as anti-Islam; and

• In January 2013, the High Court awarded Anwar Ibrahim RM45,000 in damages after a series of Utusan articles deliberately misrepresented his statement in a BBC interview so as to suggest that the opposition leader was pro-LGBT.

For the past four years, Utusan Malaysia has specialised in spinning fiction as fact, which is why I have said Utusan Malaysia has long ceased to be a newspaper but is nothing but a “lies-paper” – one important reason why Umno/Barisan Nasional lost the “perception war” in the recent 13th General Election, as it is most naïve on the part of Najib and his 13GE “War Room” strategists to ever believe that they could win credibility and the perception war by transforming news into lies, truth into falsehood, fact into fiction and information into misinformation.

For four years, Utusan Malaysia had been spewing racist, inflammatory, incendiary and seditious lies and falsehoods, like the baseless allegations that DAP wants to create a Christian Malaysia, that the Chinese want to oust the political power of the Malays and to dominate Malaysian politics and the latest canard, a DAP-funded “Red Bean Army” of 3,000 cybertroopers to demonise and character-assassinate Umno/BN leaders.

The baseless allegation of a DAP-funded “Red Bean Army” of 3,000 cybertroopers with a budget of RM100 million to RM1 billion in the past six years operating from Concorde Hotel in Kuala Lumpur is the silliest Utusan Malaysia lies and fiction passing off as truth and fact, but what is most astonishing is that there are Ministers and MPs who could be bitten by the “Red Bean Army” bug as to allow the fictitious issue to dominate the current debate in Parliament on the royal address and even considered serious enough to be raised in Cabinet!

If Utusan Malaysia could transform Parliament and Cabinet into “Red Bean Parliament” and “Red Bean Cabinet” to discuss these Utusan fables as if they are true and serious matters of state, the national standing of the Najib premiership has plunged to a new low.

In such circumstances, it is no surprise that on the fourth year of Najib’s Government Transformation Programme to transform Malaysia’s politics, economics, education and the social scene including the media, Malaysia has hit a historic low in its World Press Freedom Index 2013, being ranked No. 145, the worst since the annual index was begun in 2002.

  1. #1 by Winston on Thursday, 4 July 2013 - 5:00 pm

    There is only one way to save this country from this sorry, sordid mess!
    And that is to kick these lunny characters out of Putrajaya!
    No right thinking Malaysians want such crazies to be at the helm of the country.
    The fact that most Malaysians, including Malays, want them out have driven them round the bend!!

  2. #2 by sotong on Thursday, 4 July 2013 - 5:33 pm

    They know what they are doing is wrong and, with power to abuse, they don’t care.

    Money is nothing to them….as long as they could get away with it.

  3. #3 by sheriff singh on Thursday, 4 July 2013 - 6:11 pm

    So what if Utusan loses all its cases – 1 or 2 years down the road?

    What it wanted to achieve was achieved at the very outset to put its ‘enemies’ in bad, very bad light then. The false impressions were created and believed by many then and it fulfilled their goals. Their ‘enemies’ were put into hot seats then and had to defend, defend, defend while Utusan and its masters just laughed away.

    So they were found guilty much later on but the damage was already done. The fines are just paltry sums which will be easily compensated one way or another. The editors live on to continue their spinning ways.

  4. #4 by DAP man on Thursday, 4 July 2013 - 7:42 pm

    There are few more cases that Utusan lost. I hope someone else can detail them. I think Utusan also lost a case to PAS leaders. There are too many to remember.
    Utusan is UMNO’s voice.

  5. #5 by tuahpekkong on Thursday, 4 July 2013 - 8:37 pm

    If Utusan Malaysia could help UMNO cling on to power by spreading lie, falsehood and misinformation, it would continue to do such rubbish. Those fines were peanuts compared to all the trappings of power enjoyed by UMNO. Certainly UMNO is a very rich political party, much richer than the MCA. Utusan has been doing this kind of rubbish for the past 30 odd years, not just the past 4 years.

  6. #6 by rjbeee on Thursday, 4 July 2013 - 8:48 pm

    The running rats in Utusan should be send to Egypt ………

  7. #7 by cinaindiamelayubersatu on Thursday, 4 July 2013 - 9:01 pm

    utusan meloya,umat diajar agar tidak menipu walaupun dengan niat…akibat menipu lidahmu akan dikelar… bertaubatlah sebelum lidahmu dikelar dan selagi bersambung dengan badanmu. itupun jika taubatmu diterima

  8. #8 by boh-liao on Friday, 5 July 2013 - 2:44 am

    UM = Ultra Malicious, a paper dat has no professional integrity/credibility n spreads lies n more lies 4 UmnoB/BN
    Prepare 4 GE14 now by informing Malays in d fixed deposit constituencies of UmnoB of ALL d cases lost by UM n ALL d lies dat it printed 4 UmnoB/BN

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