SHAH ALAM: Selangor menteri besar Azmin Ali, condemning the suspension of the Edge, has urged Malaysians to demand that the government revoke its decision.
He said the work by the Edge and its sister publication the Edge Financial Daily in exposing the financial scandals in 1Malaysia Development Bhd were obligatory on the media. The Edge would be failing in its duty if it did not report on the scandal, he said in a sateement.
He described as ridiculous the Home Ministry’s explanation that such media reporting was prejudicial to public and national interest. “The only people who will be prejudiced by the exposes are the parties whose hands are tainted by their complicity in this conspiracy to plunder the nation’s wealth. Innocent parties must surely welcome such exposes,” said Azmin, who is deputy president of PKR.
WHY ONE LAW FOR UTUSAN, ANOTHER LAW FOR EDGE?
The DAP’s adivser, Lim Kit Siang, was also critical of the KDN explanation for the suspensions. He said there appeared to be one law for the Umno-owned newspaper Utusan Malaysia and another law for Edge Group publications.
He questioned why Utusan Malaysia had not been closed down long ago.
“It repeatedly and unrepentantly published not only ‘doubtful and unverified information’, but downright lies and falsehoods, to alarm public opinion and cause prejudice to public order and national interest, Lim said.
Utusan Malaysia has often carried inflammatory reports about the DAP and has faced libel suits from DAP politicians. Earlier this year the paper was ordered to pay substantial damages to Lim’s son, Lim Guan Eng, in a libel action.
~ Free Malaysia Today