At long last.
Najib Razak is suing Malaysiakini for publishing what the PM’s lawyers allege to be accusations that are “totally baseless, without concrete proof and are very serious, on top of having ill-intent (mala fide) to damage the reputation and image” of the Dato’ Seri and his party Umno.
“@mpkotabelud dont u think tht gov (Home Min, MCMC, etc) should also held accountable coz allow them CONTINUOUSLY publish malicious articles?”
RBA methods: Making damaging, seditious and totally baseless accusations
For the back story on Najib’s libel suit against Malaysiakini, please refer to Dr Novandri Hasan Basri who has summed up the sequence of articles in the news portal alleged to be defamatory. Read Dr MIM’s analysis in his blog, here.
MP of Kota Belud, Abdul Rahman Dahlan’s series of tweets (linked below) also explains the issue of Najib vs Malaysiakini:
- “gutter journalism“
- “mad readers’ comments“
- “Malaysiakini‘s trick (and) excuse“
- “take no responsibility!“
- “too coward to own up“
- “Malaysiakini hides behind Red Bean Army’s notorious comments“
BFF: Zahid and Steven best friends forever
Rahman declares that it is “time to stop Malaysiakini for the lies”.
@sicfallacy reminds us that the Home Minister should also held accountable for allowing Malaysiakini to continuously publish malicious articles.
The Home Minister is pictured above with Malaysiakini boss Steven Gan.
Gan is holding in his hand the Social Media Excellence trophy presented to him by Zahid Hamidi.
If the Home Ministry is aware that Malaysiakini publishes “lies” (Rahman’s word) and “defamation” (according to Najib’s lawyers), then why did their Minister give his seal of approval to the portal? — see handshake below
Event organized by individuals with Umno Youth links
The awards ceremony you see above was organized by the Malaysia Social Media Chambers.
The deputy president of the Chambers is Ibdilillah Ishak. He is the chief of Umno’s Social Media Unit. See, ‘Pertubuhan diterajui orang Khairy lah yang beri anugerah kepada Malaysiakini‘.
The event was supported by the Communications and Multimedia Ministry under Umno Minister Shabery Cheek, and by the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC).
To recap the tweet from @sicfallacy to @mpkotabelud: “dont u think tht gov (Home Min, MCMC, etc) should also held accountable coz allow them CONTINUOUSLY publish malicious articles?”
So it’s like this, folks
(1) The PM is suing Malaysiakini for what his lawyers say is the portal’s mala fide to damage the good reputation and image of Najib and Umno.
(2) The Home Minister Zahid Hamidi presented Malaysiakini its Social Media Excellence prize.
(3) The awards ceremony event is endorsed by Communications and Multimedia Minister Shabery Cheek and MCMC, the agency under his ministry.
(4) The event where Malaysiakini was awarded its prize is organized by an association presided over by the Umno Social Media Unit chief Ibdilillah Ishak who is KJ’s boy.
Alahai, 1Cabinet Caca Marba nih.
BELOW: TMnet and Astro banner ads, OUM sidebar ad in Malaysiakini
And the icing on the cake
The PM wants to sue Malaysiakini for damaging his reputation.
Guess who are indirectly funding Malaysiakini by providing the portal its advertising revenue?
Astro and TMnet take up today’s banner ad in Malaysiakini while the Open University Malaysia (OUM) occupies the sidebar slot — see screenshot above.
OUM is owned by a consortium that comprises the public universities UM, USM, UKM, etc.
In other words, OUM is gomen-owned. And it is advertising heavily – its ad has been running for awhile already – in Malaysiakini which, the Umno lawyers now tell us, is deliberately damaging the reputation of their party and its president.
ABOVE: Malaysiakini‘s lead story headlined ‘With criminals we shoot first, admits home minister’
Talk about shooting your own foot
Meanwhile, TMnet not only likes to advertise in Malaysiakini but in the The Malaysian Insider as well.
Okay, so Najib thinks that Malaysiakini is out to get him.
Can the Prime Minister also pause a minute to look into why his GLCs are contributing to Malaysiakini‘s financial revenue? And after the PM figures it all out, can he please convey his insight to us — the voters who ticked Dacing in GE13?
Best of all … jeng, jeng, jeng … which company do you think is one of Malaysiakini’s biggest advertisers?
HINT: It’s a company that is “closely linked” – by which I mean through blood ties – to Najib Razak.
I’m curious to know who Nazir Razak voted for. I reckon Najib himself can make a pretty shrewd guess.
BELOW: CIMB wall-to-wall ads in Malaysiakini
PPTA: Parti Paling Tidak Apa
Earlier this year, Umno withdrew a lawsuit that it filed. See, ‘Ku Nan: Umno’s withdrawal of suit against Tian Chua does not mean defeat‘ (The Malay Mail, 22 Jan 2014)
Although Tengku Adnan Mansor tries to hedge that Umno did not concede “defeat”, namun perbuatan Umno mengundur tu betul-betul buat orang bengang.
The same wobbly knees pullback (as happened with the Tian Chua Lahad Datu case) on the current lawsuit by Najib against Malaysiakini will not be appreciated by the Umno grassroots. It might even cost Umno the next election.
Clipping Malaysiakini‘s wings could either prove to be the turning point for BN’s fortunes or the straw that breaks the camel’s back should Najib flub this one.
I’m not sure whether @mpkotabelud is aware but Isma has been winning Malay admiration for having cajones which Umno is seen to be sorely lacking.
Apa Melayu mahu ialah untuk tengok Umno jantan sikit, boleh? — This is the conclusion I am extrapolating from the findings of my poll which drew 1,570 respondents.
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Reasons for Isma rising
Trying to enlighten the PPTA is like mencurah air ke atas daun keladi. Jenuh.
I’ll just say it in one word. Mantap … Isma is mantap whereas Umno is like Swiss cheese, penuh lubang-lubang.
Although Umno is such a leviathan (kononnya lebih 3 juta ahli), yet Isma with its 20,000 members are perceived as better in defending the Malays who feel besieged and bullied.
Unlike the beaten back Umno in retreat, Isma on the other hand stands its ground. It did not back down or budge when Marina Mahathir threatened court action. And what do you know? It is Marina who is asked to pay costs.
Umno is losing it
Umno nampak ketandusan semangat perjuangan. Even the Isma girl Alifah, who’s such a young activist, has displayed more gumption than the Umno Superman (above).
Frankly, Isma is striking the right chords with the Malay ground while Umno has been hitting a lot of jarring notes.
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