Malaysiakini and The J-Star were raided by the police yesterday for the same story both had carried.
Commenting on the raids, MCA Religious Harmony Bureau chairman Ti Lian Ker (below) said “the authorities were doing the right thing if they were clamping down on wayward or irresponsible reporting that was damaging the country or national interests” – see Rakyat Post report ‘Trouble in the fourth estate?‘
Ti said, “Malaysiakini must also be reminded it is not immune or untouchable”.
He said, “just because it
[Malaysiakini] is pro-opposition or claim to be righteous or courageous in reporting with a slant against the government” does not provide the publication a shield against police action.
“Action must be taken against those whose agenda is to provoke the people towards an uprising or violence against the government,” added Ti.
“Otherwise, anti-establishment sentiments will grow rampant and ultimately an Arab Spring may occur in Malaysia by orchestration.”
According to the Rakyat Post article yesterday, Ti said the claim of fearless reporting without “does not mean that one is above the law and free to abuse the freedom of the press to incite the people against the government”.
The J-Star is “not immune or untouchable” either
Since Malaysiakini and The J-Star are both under investigation for the same story, should Ti Lian Ker’s statements on Malaysiakini also be extended to his party-owned newspaper?
Is The J-Star
- “wayward” in its coverage on selected issues and “reporting with a slant against the government”?
- fanning “anti-establishment sentiments” with an agenda “to provoke the people towards an uprising or violence against the government”?
Liow Tiong Lai must answer to his BN colleagues on this claim at the Cabinet meeting.
Can the MCA president refute Raja Petra Kamarudin’s allegations that:
- “The Star is owned by MCA but serves DAP.”
“So The Star receives money from one paymaster but serves another master. They masquerade as pro-government while in truth they are anti-government,” wrote Raja Petra in his No Holds Barred column (Malaysia Today, 4 Nov 2015)
- “The Star is now serving DAP while its salary is paid by MCA”, wrote Raja Petra in his Corridors of Power column (Malaysia Today, 5 Nov 2015)
Raja Petra also said we can see the many anti-Islam and anti-PAS items that the MCA-owned newspaper publishes.
MCA must answer to the Cabinet on the Gunting Dalam Lipatan conduct of its media empire.
Wanita MCA press statement yesterday defends DAP rep and attacks Umno MP