Duty of correspondence: Facts over opinion

Prime Minister Dato’ Sri Mohd. Najib Tun Razak reminded journos to correspond responsibly based on facts and not manipulated information based on half truths and/or unverified sources.

NST story:

Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak speaking at the Malaysian Press Institute (MPI) Petronas Malaysian Journalism Awards 2016. Pix by Yusni Ariffin

KUALA LUMPUR: The media play an important role in helping the people distinguish between facts and wild allegations, says Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak.

Speaking at the Malaysian Press Institute (MPI) Petronas Malaysian Journalism Awards 2016 tonight, he said the media is free to disagree with the government but it should be based on facts.

“You don’t have to agree all the time with the government but please disagree on facts, not on wild allegations.

“I admit that the era of ‘government knows all’ is over and there are weaknesses here and there but I will not accept completely unfounded allegations.

“(To the media).. please help me distinguish between wild allegations and facts as we owe it to the country and the people,” he said at the event, held at the Shangri-La Hotel here.

Najib pointed out that there were unfair allegations from a former leader on the investments made by the current government but not the previous governments.

“Why the double standards? This is a question that we must ask.

“Truth is something that we hold on to and the people will use it to decide what is good for them, the society and the country,” he said.

Malaysia, Najib said, has a bright future ahead and the people must reject baseless accusations thrown at the government.

“Do not say that we are a failed state or on the verge of bancruptcy. We must unequivocally reject these baseless accusations.

“We will work as hard as we can to make Malaysia a top 20 nation in 30 years,” he added.

Present were Najib’s wife Datin Seri Rosmah Mansor, Communications and Multimedia Minister Datuk Seri Dr Salleh Said Keruak and MPI chief executive officer Datuk Dr Chamil Wariya.

And The Sun Daily:

PM Najib reminds media of its duty in distinguishing wild allegations from facts

Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Abdul Razak delivering his speech during the 2017 Malaysian Press Night and 2016 MPI-Petronas Malaysian Journalism Awards at the Shangri-La Hotel, Kuala Lumpur on April 21, 2017 — Sunpix by Asyraf Rasid

KUALA LUMPUR: Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Abdul Razak has reminded the media of its “instrumental” duty in distinguishing wild allegations from facts.

He said while he was willing to accept flaws and weaknesses in the government, he will not accept wild allegations which are unfounded.

“I do not expect the media to agree with the government on everything.

“But please disagree on facts and not wild baseless allegations,” he said in his speech during the 2017 Malaysian Press Night and 2016 MPI-Petronas Malaysian Journalism Awards presentation at the Shangri-La Hotel, Kuala Lumpur, Friday night.

Also present was the Prime Minister’s wife Datin Seri Rosmah Mansor, Communications and Multimedia Minister Datuk Seri Dr Salleh Said Keruak and Malaysian Press Institute (MPI) chief executive officer Datuk Chamil Wariya.

Citing instances when news regarding the alleged presence of 40,000 Bangladeshi phantom voters during the 13th General Election had hit social media, Najib said it would be an impossible task given the logistics.

“It would take 100 jumbo jets each carrying 400 passengers to make that happen, which is impossible to go undetected,” he said.

He also pointed the deal between Saudi Arabia’s state oil company Saudi Aramco to invest US$7 billion (RM30.8 billion) into an oil refinery and petrochemical project in Johor which almost did not get through due to the initial perception that the country was on the verge of bankruptcy.

“The government’s opponents often prefer not to engage with us on facts.

“They create false propaganda, some of which sadly gains traction internationally,” he said.

Noting the current crisis affecting the print media due to emergence of online media, Najib said there will always be a way for the print media to emerge stronger with better strategies.


It is obvious that Prime Minister Najib acknowledge and respect the power of public opinion, especially in the age of information where technology enabled information and content to be seamless spread at unimaginable speed and reach.

However, if and when the journos continue to be a tool of ‘Fake News’ and extend stories with manipulated and fabricated information, lies and slander, then it would add confusion to the public.

This is because most public do not have the resources, which include time, to verify what have been published through media.

Of course there would be the argument of taking legal steps to straightened out issues but as the ‘benefit of first strike’ would already form the the under lay of opinion for many.

As the popular saying does, “It is cheaper to get things right the first time around”.

Right and accurate stories are very important element for market confidence in any tactical and strategic move by the Government for its people. Particularly, in any social economic development programs.

Otherwise and the incessant continuance to harp on stories based on manipulated and fabricated information, lies and slanders is what Prime Minister Najib describe as “National saboteur”.

Example of exactly a month ago, compounding bad journalism about the Malaysian economy going south, insolvent and lies and slander about Government leaders practice kleptocracy almost lost the RM7 billion deal Petronas was negotiation with Saudi Aramco for RAPID.

Some Malaysian media provide the coverage of stories about errand Malaysian Opposition personalities going abroad to incessantly bad mouth many aspects about the country, people, administration, judiciary and worse of all, economy.

Even meeting business leaders and academias, they openly proclaim that the “Malaysian economy is bankrupt”.

Some Malaysian media extend the severity of these lies by continue printing and harping these stories despite information proclaimed by these so few ‘unpatriotic’ elements are totally baseless.

Extend a lie is as good as making the lie. At that moment, media is an extension of mala fide of an Oppositions’ political agenda, which is to realise a win by the way of demonisation strategy.

It is a fair comment for Prime Minister Najib to engage the media community and put forth his position of tolerance against ‘Fake News’.

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  1. I didnt even bother to read because you are as thick as they come (que response of “they believe what they want to believe regardless of facts” or some latin thrown in).

    Just by the title alone, i know it was going to be a hellfest.

    Anyway, you lie all the time. Yes or no? So what? right fatdog? Everyone needs to make a living. Right?

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