Apol­o­gise over death re­port, daily told

The Sun (Malaysia) - - NEWS WITHOUT BORDERS -

CHIEF Min­is­ter Lim Guan Eng has urged a lo­cal English daily to re­tract and apol­o­gise over a front page re­port that a man died dur­ing the flash floods in the state on Sun­day.

He said there was no such in­ci­dent and ex­pressed his dis­ap­point­ment over the stan­dard of re­port­ing.

“There is no more stan­dards, no more moral­ity,” he said at a press con­fer­ence yes­ter­day at the Pe­nang Leg­is­la­ture build­ing.

Deputy Chief Min­is­ter II P. Ra­masamy and state en­vi­ron­ment and wel­fare and car­ing so­ci­ety com­mit­tee chair­man Phee Boon Poh were also present at the press con­fer­ence.

In read­ing the re­port from the Pe­nang Fire and Res­cue Ser­vices Depart­ment, Phee said the de­ceased was iden­ti­fied as S. Ravichan­dran, 42, who fell from a boat into Sun­gai Perai.

He said the in­ci­dent hap­pened at about 10pm on Satur­day and the vic­tim was seen try­ing to save him­self be­fore be­ing dragged un­der by the cur­rent. “No one re­ported that the vic­tim died in the flood, and there was no rain then,” he said.

Ra­masamy also urged the daily to re­tract the re­port.

The state was hit by flash floods in sev­eral ar­eas fol­low­ing hours of heavy rain just af­ter mid­night on Sun­day.

On an­other is­sue, Lim said he was giv­ing Pe­nang Barisan Na­sional (BN) chair­man Teng Chang Yeow an­other 48 hours to show proof that he re­jected a “profit guar­an­tee” deal over the Pu­lau Jere­jak is­sue.

“If he is se­ri­ous, he should show proof now,” he said.

Pu­lau Jere­jak is un­der the spot­light af­ter the Pe­nang De­vel­op­ment Cor­po­ra­tion sold its stake in Trop­i­cal Is­land Re­sort Sdn Bhd to Ideal Prop­erty Group.

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