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.