Thursday, May 5, 2011

The Malaysian Insider and Libel

In my remonstrations against The Malaysian Insider @ The Malaysian Instigator, like Rodin, it bewildered me how this portal could continue to disseminate unfettered news and columns that bordered on or could considered to be seditious or libelous.

TMI cannot deny that while it publishes comments pro-establishment, their anti-establishment and pro-opposition stance and inclination to the point of slanting and misdirected reports/columns to satisfy their rabid mouth frothing opposition readers, it's impartiality and credibility is questionable.

In his post, blogger BigDog had called for another opposition infested portal, Malaysiakini, to be investigated for possible sedition.

Similarly, TMI's extreme opposition proclivities prompted me to to point out the seditious nature of one of it's columns, an offence punishable under the same Sedition Act 1948 cited by BigDog.

I even highlighted a similar attack on the PDRM in the context of that column having a seditious tendency as described by the Act,
"Today we are still saddled with a questionable police force.."
Coming back to my bewilderment, while I can understand the powers that be are tolerant to these blatant transgressions due to the Govt's commitment to a free internet environment as per the Bill of Guarantee No. 7: To ensure no censorship of the Internet, this article in the TMI must not go unpunished.

This notorious author of that article now throws unsubstantiated allegations against UMNO, MCA and MIC politicians and clearly libels at least one personality.
"an Umno supreme council member who had sex with an underage girl. He was not jailed or charged and is free as a bird."

It is apparent and obvious to whom the author is referring to and I append below the relevant portion of the DAP Statement proving the author's accusation to be malicious and false and to bring it to the attention of the The Malaysian Insider that they are equally liable should the alluded personality see it fit to seek recourse.

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Press Statement
by DAP National Headquarters
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We now realize that the basis for the allegations we made against Tan Sri in the Book and Poster no longer exists and in view of this, the said allegations are wholly unfounded.

(21/10/2003)

The Malaysian Insider must responsible and be held accountable for contents it publishes.

Relevant read, The sad state of the Malaysian Internet media, Part Deux...

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