Utusan apologises to DAP
Utusan to publish apology for untruth reporting about DAP in relation to Tanda Putera; and DAP accepts but for the last timeKUALA LUMPUR: Umno-owned broadsheet Utusan Malaysia has promised to retract and apologise to DAP over an article that accuses Lim Guan Eng of having a hidden agenda in banning the film Tanda Putera from being screened in Penang.
The DAP chairman Karpal Singh said Utusan has promised to publish an apology in the same size and prominence as the report, published on Sept 7.
He stressed that this would be the last time DAP accepts an apology from the daily.
“Next time if they do it again, we would not be that compassionate,” he told a media conference at the Parliament’s lobby today.
“Utusan should be a shame of itself. We hope it will turn better and report the truth,” he added.
In the article, Utusan quoted Umno supreme council member Puad Zarkashi of saying that Lim, the Penang chief minister, has banned the film in the state because he wanted to conceal the uncivilized act of his father Kit Siang as portrayed in the film.
Kit Siang, the DAP parliamentary leader, was portrayed urinating in a scene in front of the Selangor menteri besar’s residence during the bloody May 13 race riots in 1969.
Kit Siang has repeated many times that he was in Sabah when the riots broke up in Kuala Lumpur.
Meanwhile, Kit Siang who was also present at the conference said he did not expect the Umno-owned daily to be in favour of Pakatan, “but they have to be honest and truthful and stop publishing lies”.