Do not be swayed by WSJ, says min­is­ter

The Sun (Malaysia) - - NEWS WITHOUT BORDERS -

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

... (From left) Olympics sil­ver medal­lists Goh V Shem, Tan Wee Kiong, Datuk Lee Chong Wei, Goh Liu Ying and Chan Peng Soon dur­ing a cer­e­mony yes­ter­day where iso­tonic drinks firm 100Plus pre­sented them with re­wards for their achieve­ments at the Games in Brazil last month.

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