Thursday, April 14, 2016

If the Prime Minister Najib thinks he has been defamed, it is his responsibility to sue Wall Street Journal to clear his name and Malaysia’s image. Nothing less will do!





Press Statement by M Kula Segaran, MP for Ipoh Barat and DAP National Vice Chairman in Ipoh on 14th April, 2016

If the Prime Minister Najib thinks he has been defamed, it is his responsibility to sue Wall Street Journal to clear his name and Malaysia’s image. Nothing less will do!


The Prime Minister Dato Najib Tun Razak‘s lawyer Datuk Mohd Hafarizam Harun has said that Najib has not decided whether to sue or not to sue Wall Street Journal.
He has given various reasons which I shall not dwell on all of them.

However, I find his “continued colonialization” argument strange, unfair and even ridiculous.

He has said that the more important issue is the Malaysians’ own thoughts, noting that reports and statements from local authorities such as the Attorney-General and the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission have cleared the prime minister.

“If you say you do not believe because the international media are saying otherwise, nothing much I can do,” he told reporters yesterday, adding that it would show a mindset of continued colonization with the belief that “the Americans, the British, the whites are far superior” than Malaysians.

Does Mohd Hafarizam seriously think that Malaysians believe that the reports and statements from the local authorities have cleared the prime minister?

If he seriously thinks so, then I suggest to him to propose to the Prime Minister to commission an independent opinion survey and find out how many percent of Malaysians believe that the prime minister has been cleared.

It is wrong and unfair too for Mohd Hafarizam to accuse others of not believing the statements and reports of local authorities as having a mindset of continued colonialization.

The fact that Malaysians do not believe in local reports and news is not simply due to international media reports. If Mohd Hafarizam cares to read the various statements issued by Opposition politicians, social activists as well as the social media comments on why they do not think that the Prime Minister has been cleared, he will surely know the reasons why.

There is therefore no need and no justification for him to invoke the ridiculous “continued colonialization” argument.

He should also know better that Wall Street Journal is no ordinary paper but is a well respected international media organization. What it says carries weight and impact in the international community.

Najib is also not an ordinary Malaysian citizen but the Prime Minister. If he thinks he has been defamed, it is his responsibility to sue Wall Street Journal to clear his name and Malaysia’s image. Nothing less will do.

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