Do not be swayed by WSJ, says minister
KUALA LUMPUR: Communications and Multimedia Minister Datuk Seri Salleh Said Keruak said Malaysians should not be influenced by reports by the Wall Street Journal (WSJ) as their continuous onslaught on Malaysia’s domestic political affairs is not about journalism.
He said WSJ was instead forcing their own vision on Malaysians, adding that recent WSJ stories do not contain any new information.
“It never does anything to justify its smear (campaign on Malaysia), beyond quoting anonymous sources and documents that are mysteriously only known to WSJ.
“These may not exist, or they could be from political opponents and may be incomplete or wrong,” Salleh said in a statement yesterday.
He added that WSJ coverage in Malaysia had become desperate and obsessive, and it had abandoned the facts-based principles of independent journalism to become nothing more than a partisan blog and a vehicle of politically motivated forces.
“They are behaving like politicians and campaigners, not credible or independent media.”
Given its strong interest and inclination in Malaysia’s domestic political affairs, WSJ should submit candidates to contest in Malaysia’s next general election, he said.
Salleh said it had become clear the American newspaper and those feeding it for their own objectives, such as Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad and his proxies, want to influence Malaysia’s political process and dictate who should form the government.
He added that the days of “might is right” and having to obey colonial masters were over, and said Malaysia will bend to no one, especially neocon media like WSJ which pushed for foreign interventions in Muslim countries such as Iraq.
“Malaysians know better on how to govern ourselves and maintain stability. We will ensure only Malaysians decide our country’s future ... at the ballot box, as part of the democratic process,” he said. – Bernama
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