Ta­jud­din: I am not afraid of the me­dia


KUALA LUMPUR: Deputy Agri­cul­ture and Agro-based In­dus­try Min­is­ter Datuk Seri Ta­jud­din Ab­dul Rah­man con­tin­ued his war of words with the me­dia yes­ter­day af­ter he was quizzed about his run-in with Se­puteh MP Teresa Kok.

Claim­ing the me­dia was bi­ased in its re­port­ing on the in­ci­dent, the Pasir Salak MP said he was not afraid of be­ing put in bad light in news re­ports.

Ta­jud­din’s lat­est en­counter with the me­dia came af­ter he ac­cused a re­porter of sup­port­ing the Op­po­si­tion for ask­ing him “hard-hit­ting” ques­tions.

The jour­nal­ist then asked Ta­jud­din not to la­bel the me­dia, which prompted the min­is­ter to say the me­dia had been un­fair to him and only pro­vided a onesided ac­count of the in­ci­dent.

“Other peo­ple are afraid of the me­dia as they think the me­dia can bring them up and down. I am not afraid of the me­dia, you have to be fair,” he said.

“You say you are fair, but you are not. I know cer­tain me­dia that is not fair,” he said, and named sev­eral news or­gan­i­sa­tions which he claimed were bi­ased.

Ta­jud­din sparked a heated ar­gu­ment in the De­wan Rakyat on Mon­day af­ter he al­legedly re­ferred to the Se­puteh MP as “the only woman with a Kok”.

He claimed she had ear­lier in­ter­rupted him by mak­ing noises with­out turn­ing off her mi­cro­phone.

“Some­body was talk­ing and then you dis­turb. She was not sup­posed to do that ... I don’t like it.”

Ear­lier, Ta­jud­din said he had in­structed his lawyer to send a let­ter of de­mand to Amanah Shah Alam MP Khalid Ab­dul Sa­mad for call­ing him a “sial” (cursed) min­is­ter.

The let­ter de­manded Khalid make pub­lic a re­trac­tion on the state­ment and apol­o­gise to Ta­jud­din.

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