BN Director of Strategic Communications Dato’ Abdul Rahman Dahlan lambasted The Edge Managing Editor Ho Kay Tat for claiming that the business paper is not political for the attacks against 1MDB and echoing the demonisation of Prime Minister Dato’ Sri Mohd. Najib Tun Razak’s leadership.
Pro-Anwarista news portal Malaysiakini story:
I wasn’t born yesterday, minister tells The Edge
Mkini, 21 July 215
Abdul Rahman Dahlan has rained Twitter-fire on the statement from The Edge publisher Ho Kay Tat regarding the financial daily’s articles on 1MDB.
Dismissing the claim that the reports were not politically motivated, he said: “The Edge said this was not political. Excuse me. I was not born yesterday. Don’t patronise.”
He argued that The Edge had no qualms “roping in the opposition to do their bidding” instead of remaining neutral.
The newly minted BN strategic communication director pointed out The Edge also admitted procuring stolen data from former PetroSaudi International executive Xavier Andre Justo.
“Finally, The Edge admitted they got stolen data from Justo! I wonder if the Thais didn’t arrest Justo, would they admit it?” he tweeted.
In his statement, Ho said early this year, the publication was informed that “someone” was willing to share information that would shed light on 1MDB’s joint-venture with PSI.
“We were not told who he was before we met him.
“This person, whom we shall not name, showed us thousands and thousands of emails and document attachments.
“We read scores of them and were convinced of their authenticity because of the sheer volume and the email trails. We subsequently had an IT forensic expert confirmed that there was no reason to worry that they were fakes,” he said.
Why IT experts called?
However, Abdul Rahman dismissed this explanation as well.
“The Edge said they used the stolen data from Justo because they were dead sure the data were not fake. How convenient!” he said.
“If The Edge is sure the data were not tampered with why then experts said they were indeed. If The Edge unsure why use it?” he added.
Despite the ‘confession’, the urban well-being, housing and local government minister warned that “the issue is far from over”.
“Questions that need to be asked: Did anyone pay for the stolen and tampered data?
“Did anyone complain about not getting paid or being paid late for the stolen data? Did anyone then ask someone to pressure the buyer to honour his commitment to pay?” he added.
Abdul Rahman also questioned who tempered with the data as acknowledged by the Thai authorities.
Justo, a Swiss national, is under the detention of Thai police for allegedly attempting to blackmail his former employer.
He is also said to have leaked the documents to several parties.
It is interesting to note that The Edge has the ability to do the forensics to ensure that e mails that were obtained as ‘sources’ are ‘tampered free’. Hence, there were used as materials for their story.
Rahman is spot on. The Edge used stolen data and information. This must be a matter of breach of journalism ethics.
This was The Edge Managing Editor Ho Kay Tat’s excuse:
We could not walk away on finding out about the scheme to cheat Malaysia of billions of ringgit
Published: 21 July 2015 5:11 PM
The Edge had reported extensively on 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB) in 2013 and 2014 as it emerged that the government-owned entity had run into financial difficulties.
Information was, however, scarce and limited because its annual audited financial reports were consistently late.
Our journalists have met various contacts and pored through whatever available information they could get hold of in search of the truth.
Early this year, we were told someone was willing to share information that will shed light on 1MDB’s joint venture with PetroSaudi International. We were not told who he was before we met him.
This person, whom we shall not name, showed us thousands and thousands of emails and document attachments.
We read scores of them and were convinced of their authenticity because of the sheer volume and the email trails.
We subsequently had an IT forensic expert confirm that there was no reason to worry that they were fakes.
What we read shocked us. What was supposed to be a joint venture that will bring economic benefits to the country was nothing more than a scheme to scam billions of ringgit from Malaysia by a small group of Malaysians and their foreign partners.
At that point, we could do one of two things:
1) Drop the matter like a hot potato and walk away, or
2) Get hold of everything so that the truth can be uncovered.
We decided we had to pursue the truth.
As Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad, Tun Musa Hitam and Tengku Razaleigh Hamzah said recently, those who have information that can lead to the truth must speak out and not look the other way. Not reporting a wrong doing is a crime.
Even Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak and Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin have said they want to get to the truth.
As a media group, we believe we have a public duty to do, no matter how difficult and dangerous it may be for us.
Meeting contacts to gather information is what media professionals do all the time in pursuit of a story. There is nothing wrong or sinister.
We were not involved in any theft, we did not pay anyone, and we did not tamper any of the emails and documents we were given.
In fact, we have secured the data so that no one can tamper with them. This can be independently verified by the authorities.
Some of the information have been used in articles we have published in the last few months. Some were just too sensitive to be used. None of the articles have been challenged by anyone named in these stories.
Indeed, we believe our articles have been of help to the various government agencies looking at 1MDB.
There is no political agenda or conspiracy in what we have done. In fact, we have engaged with various politicians and government officials who have sought our help to get a better understanding of what had happened and the situation 1MDB is in today.
The easiest thing we could have done after coming across what we found, was to walk away. Why look for trouble? But we could not do that.
We chose to take the difficult path, one that we knew will be fraught with risks to ourselves personally and to our organisation, which now faces the possibility of action by the Home Ministry.
On Monday, we handed documents, printed emails and a hard disc to Bank Negara. Today, the same set was given to the Commercial Crime Investigation Department (CCID) of the Police. I also gave a statement to CCID.
We are comforted that the various investigators, the Auditor-General, the Public Accounts Committee, Bank Negara, the police, the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission and the Attorney-General have given their commitment to uncover the truth without fear or favour.
It is, indeed, their responsibility and their duty to the people of Malaysia to do just that. Just as it was our duty to pursue the story.
Ho Kay Tat
Publisher & Group CEO
The Edge Media Group – July 21, 2015.
The actual is that The Edge incessant stories about 1MDB was a systematic effort to echo the soundbites and plot which was started by Sarawak Report, in incessantly amplified further by Opposition Leaders like Tony Pua and Rafizi Ramli makes it a political agenda.
The collusion with Opposition Leaders very much contradicts The Edge’s statement that the business paper is not political. In fact, the paper serves as a tool if not an accomplice to the Opposition’s agenda to topple Prime Minister Najib, when they failed to do it through the ballot box.
It is very much a demonstration of the owner, Tong Kooi Ong’s affiliation towards former Opposition Leader and now a convict for sodomising his own aide Anwar Ibrahim.
The credibility, integrity and ethics of the business paper is at stake. Even an economic sabotage, which is actually a threat to national security.
Time and again it has been proven the media group under Tong is systematically looking out for trouble, with systemic provocations with the inadvertent motive to arouse sentiments and emotional reaction of the both extremes on highly sensitive issues.
This include mocking the administration of Islam such as Hudud Enactment recently passed.by Kelantan State Assembly.
That is sinister with intention to create malice.
That is the same objectives what the Opposition and Neo Con Jews controlled foreign media systematically and incessantly been up to with the plot to arouse sentiment of the rakyat into rising on the street and topple Prime Minister Najib and the BN government.