The unprecedented apology by NST on top half of page three last Friday apparently pissed the BoD of Media Prima. The joint ballsy-deficient decision by the NST CEO and Group Managing Editor were said to reprimanded on Monday’s BoD meeting.
It was learnt that the BoD of Media Prima now wants to know and approve anymore apology to be carried out by the paper.
Sources revealed that the CEO of NSTP and GME decided to apologize, to avoid for lengthy and probably costly legal battle with the said entities. This is putting a heavy consideration to risk of a courtroom drama, as it is one these pro-Opposition activists’ traits of strategy in their well planned quest get attention. Especially the foreign media and international community as the drama of being ‘oppressed for the struggle of human rights and freedom of expression’ is unfold and their message across.
It is an open secret that foreign-based NGOs acting on behalf of Washington D.C. based Neo Con Jewish entities masquerading as think-tank groupings in their sordid excuse to promote ‘democracy’, ‘freedom of expression’ and ‘human rights’ fund these Malaysian entities.
Then Minister of Domestic Trade and Co-operative Development Dato’ Ismail Sabri Yunos had ROS to investigate SUARAM’s linkage with george Soros.
Published: Monday September 10, 2012 MYT 12:00:00 AM
Updated: Saturday June 1, 2013 MYT 10:43:23 PM
Ministry investigates Soros link in Suaram funding
Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob said the NGO was one of two based in the United States allegedly contributing a huge amount of funds to Suaram.
He said the ministry was carrying out the investigation through the Companies Commission of Malaysia. Ismail Sabri said this after opening the Rasah Umno division delegates’ meeting here yesterday.
Key activists in Suaram are mostly made up of PKR leaders. They include MPs R. Sivarasa and Tian Chua, state assemblymen Elizabeth Wong and Dr Nasir Hashim and PKR senator Dr Syed Husin Ali, and activists linked to the party like lawyer Charles Hector, Cynthia Gabriel, Irene Fernandez, Irene Xavier and Malaysiakini CEO Premesh Chandran.
Meanwhile, Wisma Putra has voiced its concern to German Ambassador Dr Guenther Georg Gruber on the funding provided by the German Embassy in Kuala Lumpur to Suara Inisiatif Sdn Bhd, which is directly linked to Suaram.
In a statement, the Foreign Ministry said it was disappointed to learn of the funding as it could be misconstrued and be seen as an interference in Malaysia’s domestic affairs.
“Foreign missions have to be mindful of the sensitivities of the host country. They should not get involved with activities that show partiality to certain issues that have implications on Malaysia’s domestic situation,” it said.
Dr Gruber, however, clarified that the embassy had only provided funding on a project basis, which is close to German values, including the protection and promotion of human rights.
It was even discussed in Parliament:
NATIONAL SECURITY: Act will curb foreign attempts to destabilise country, says Lipis MP
A LAW to prevent interference in Malaysia’s affairs and to safeguard national security should be formulated and implemented soon, said Lipis member of parliament Datuk Dr Mohamad Shahrum Osman yesterday.
Shahrum, who is also vice-president of the Armed Forces Veterans Association, said allegations that Suaram and other non-governmental organisations had received foreign funding and were plotting to destabilise the government should be taken seriously.
He said the government needed to take pre-emptive measures by formulating a “Patriotic and Racial Wellbeing Act” (akta patriotik dan kesejahteraan kaum).
“With the act, the government will be able to curb any negative outside influences that poison the minds of the people against the government,” he told reporters at the parliament lobby.
Shahrum noted that even in developed countries such as the United States, foreign funding of groups was monitored through the Foreign Agents Registration Act, which makes it compulsory for NGOs to declare the source of their funding.
“I hope to see this happening in Malaysia as well.
“I also hope that the government provides an official fund for NGOs through the yearly budget and for their accounts to be audited by the Registrar of Societies.”
On Monday, Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Datuk Seri Mohamed Nazri Abdul Aziz said the proposal to have a new law to prevent intervention in the country’s affairs through the influx of foreign funds should be given consideration.
He said the proposal should be studied so that there exists an Act that would prevent intervention aimed at threatening security, peace and harmony in the country.
The fact is that, this apology is a few step backwards in the initiatives to finish of all these NGOs which exist to provide the intellectual argument in the Oppositions’ strategy of ‘Politics of Hatred’. It has been proven that these NGOs manipulated stories and facts and perpetuated lies, in providing more political mileage for the Opposition to demonize the Federal Government and BN.
NST has been struggling to maintain its standing as the premier English daily, after it was wrecked by PM ‘Flip-Flop’ Abdullah Ahmad Badawi’s dark five and a half years of weak leadership and scandalous administration. The Riong Kali team brought in was supposed to prop the former’s image otherwise but instead brought the paper’s credibility and integrity standing slide down further.
This not withstanding that NST then under the Riong Kali team was under right after the nation gave PM ‘Flip-Flop’ Abdullah such a huge mandate in the 11GE. Unlike five years earlier, when NST was under a lot of pressure in the series of drama after the sacking of Anwar Ibrahim as Deputy Prime Minister and the charges brought against him, where the English daily still managed to hold the fort.
This apology, would just reduce the standing and integrity of the paper further.
Probably NST ballsy-deficient duo Dato’ Jalil Hamid and Azlan Abdullah should start to canvass for business if not outright funding from these foreign entities too. It is deemed necessary to keep check on the cash-flow position will remain in the black since money was the primary consideration to apologise.