Riong Kali did not state his apology to Dr Mahathir


This morning, Datuk Ahirudin “Rocky’s Bru” Attan case brought by the suit by then Deputy Chairman of NSTP Bhd Kalimullah “Riong Kali” Masheerul Hassan and three others exactly five years ago came to an amicable end. Rocky apologised “For the considerable distress, embarrassment and inconvenience caused to the plaintiffs” as a result of some of the things I’d written about them on my blog”.

Former NST journo who was ostracised during Riong Kali’s tenure had his analysis on the out of court settlement this morning, which actually resulted from the latter’s apology to former Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad for the lies on his News Sunday Times article “And, really, who is demonizing whom?” on 11 June 2006. That lie brought the articles by posted Rocky and another blogger Jeff Ooi, who is now DAP MP for Jelutong calling Riong Kali a ‘Liar’.

This is Riong Kali’s statement on today’s end of game:Statement:

Apology by Blogger Ahirudin Attan to Datuk Syed Albar, Datuk Hishamuddin Aun, Brenden Perera and Dato Seri Kalimullah Hassan

dated: January 31, 2012

On behalf of my friends and former colleagues — Datuk Syed Faisal Albar, Datuk Hishamuddin Aun and Brenden Perera — all of us are glad that this unpleasant episode in our lives has come to an end. It is something that should not have happened and it is something that caused undue stress, damage and anguish to our families, friends and us personally and professionally.

We accept the apology by Ahirudin Attan and his expression of regrets at the damage, distress and embarrassment he has caused not only to us but also our families and friends. The repeated lies over a long period of time and the unfairness of it all led us to the painful step of filing the legal suit against Ahirudin to clear our names and reputation. Having come from the same Press fraternity, it was not a decision we took lightly when we went to the courts to seek justice.

We would like to put this incident behind us and move on.

As for me personally, this is the sixth apology I have received in less than 12 months — from DAP MP for Jelutong and blogger Jeff Ooi, the New Straits Times, Berita Harian, Utusan Malaysia, Matthias Chang, the former political secretary to Tun Mahathir Mohamad, and now Ahirudin Attan — for publishing defamatory and libellous statements against me. It re-establishes my faith that eventually the truth will prevail and that justice will be done.

Kalimullah Hassan.


Riong Kali conveniently did not mention that part of the settlement reached recently in the suit and counter suit with Matthias Chang, that he had to apologise to Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad. His apology to Tun Dr Mahathir was the pertinent point that the last two suit cases managed to be ‘resolved amicably’. The fact is that, Tun Dr Mahathir was never part in any of these legal cases between Riong Kali and Rocky, Ooi and Chang but he had to apologise.

Why did Riong Kali conveniently miss that apology to Tun Dr Mahathir out?

This is the sort of a man Riong Kali is. Even at this point, he was not willing to tell the whole truth. That is not withstanding the person that he really is.

Published in: on January 31, 2012 at 16:00  Comments (4)  

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  1. Ask Rocky to sue the Riong Kali fella, now that Rocky has fulfilled his end of the bargain.

    Sue the fella a few hundred million Ringgit. That’s the fashion these days. He has the money stashed here and there, hasn’t he?

  2. You all should investigate what dato ismee and datuk azeez are doing at tabung haji. This one bumi company expert in queue system was asked to do POC at tabung haji JB for more than 8 months without much a problem because they have track records. But when come to tender to replace 119 queue system at all tabung haji cawangan this bumi company loose out to tabung haji subsidiary theta edge which they do not have the product but need to subcon to nonbumi.
    At first theta edge not even top 3 for board consideration because one of tender requirements must be manufacturer but all the sudden they shoot to number one, must be some hidden hand has change technical score.

    • I think BD has good contacts in Johor. Maybe more of you in ground zero can come out with the facts. You also can dig dome more and expose them, nawi. If sensitive, go direct to MACC, they know how to protect sources of info.

  3. Can this blogger help out? This company has nothing to loose anymore, because they have lost everything. Eight months was spent just to make sure POC running smoothly. PUNB help financially.

    At first the company was approached by tabung haji personel (IT department) because they were impressed with the system at pusrawi which was developed by the same company. They were fed up with theta edge berhad who doing lousy job with IT servicing (These were their words). They want to deal directly to developer of the queue system. So much time and efforts were wasted to meet their requirement. Minister in charge of tabung haji is useless. Everybody want to play safe. They will listen up when controversy pop up in a big way.

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