Thursday, March 18, 2010

17th March 2010, Why have you overreacted, Mr Home Minister?

Yesterday, DAP parliamentary leader Sdr Lim Kit Siang revealed that the editor-in-chief of Chinapress Daily has been asked to resign over an erroneous report that the inspector general of police has tendered his resignation, failing which the Daily will face three to six moths suspension.

In an immediate response, Home Minister Hishammuddin Hussein denied that the China Press Daily editor has been told to resign.

Hishammuddin said at a press conference that the ministry has only issued a show-cause letter, and that the newspaper has replied with its explanation of the incident.

I like to remind Hishammuddin that many Malaysians are watching as to what kind of action he will take against the Daily following his calling the Daily's report a lie and his talk of taking tough action against the Daily, on the day when the report appeared.

I also wish to remind him that many Malaysians are puzzled as to why he has overreacted over an erroneous report which is a simple mistake and issue that could be easily rectified.

Has the Daily's mistake caused instability to the police force or the nation? The answer is no.

Has the Daily’s mistake created racial tension or disrupted social harmony? The answer is again no.

Does the Daily's mistake warrant such tough talk and reaction from the Home Minister? Hishammuddin will know the answer if he truly listens to the voice of the people.

Let me tell Hishamuudin that many Malaysians believe that a correction of the erroneous report by China press Daily is sufficient and they are still very puzzled why he has overreacted over such a mistake.

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