Press Release by Wee Choo Keong, MP for Wangsa Maju, on 22 April 2010, at Parliament House.
Malaysiakini wilfully lied and led by nose to report off-target news and yet not any wiser!
The sad part about this news portal is that it had been continuously being made used of and has still not awoken to the fact. Or perhaps it has, unwittingly or wittingly, lost complete semblance of its independence and degenerated into doing dirty work for others.
The truth is I have been ignoring a series of reports in this news portals (and others) where it had made at least 4 false allegations that I was supposed to have resigned from PKR on various occasions. It had been missing the targets so many times that its reporting has become a joke and laughing stock for its readers.
Here’s the chronology.
Initially, I was supposed to have resigned soon after the resignation of the three MPs – namely YB Zaharain, YB Tan Tee Beng and YB Mohsin – and then followed by after the resignation of Adun YB Tan Wei Shu in Kedah. When these wild allegations were proven to be completely false, new wild allegations surfaced in the news portal that I was supposed to have resigned on Nomination Day for the by-election of the Hulu Selangor Constituency.
Well, in order to give its reporting credibility, the news portal said that the false allegations were strictly based on sources from within PKR. I have reasons to believe that the false allegations were fed by a few “little napoleons” with the predominant aim to damage my reputation and/or force me out of the party.
More, when the DPM revealed on the night of 19 April 2010 in Hulu Selangor that on 20 April 2010 another top PKR leader will announce his resignation from PKR, on the same night, the certain news portal started to spin and churn out baseless “news” giving the impression that I was the PKR leader who will be resigning. Many reporters also were immediately fed with the same false information by the “little napoleons” that I was the PKR leader that the DPM was referring to.
However at 11:00 am on 20 April 2010 at Hilton Hotel, it was Dr Halili Rahmat who held a press conference and announced his resignation from PKR due mainly to the reason that PKR has lost its original objective to fight for justice, etc. Obviously the “little napoleons” were very disappointed and dissatisfied with their failed political agenda and dirty tactics because I did not resign from PKR.
The lies and madness continue. Immediately after the press conference by Dr Halili on 20 April 2010, many reporters from the msm and news portal were fed with so-called “new information” by the “little napoleons” that I will be holding a press conference on the same day (20 April 2010) at 2:30 pm in Hulu Selangor to announce my resignation from PKR. Again the “little napoleons” were wrong and proven to have been feeding false information to reporters. I would have thought that the reporters and the editors of Malaysiakini would have become wiser and be a good judge of the characters of these “little napoleons” and ignore these boys who continue to cry wolf! But, alas, it’s not to be.
Now, for the latest joke and miss-reporting. Yesterday (21 April 2010), a reporter by the name of En Hazlan Zakaria, had mischievously wrote a news report entitled: “Paling tadah? MP Wangsa Maju membisu.” The blatant lie was, of course, published in Malaysiakini. For the record, on 20 April 2010 evening I was merely having a casual conversation with three reporters and En Hazlan Zakaria was definitely not one of the three. He was never present.
Furthermore, the said casual conversation took place in the MP Lounge and not in the Parliament Lobby as reported by him in Malaysiakini. Since he was not present during the said conversation, he obviously had to make a wild guess, a totally irresponsible poor try to be credible. This irresponsibility and dodgery was similar to the Malaysiakini report about my Washington trip in March 2010 when the only reporter present to cover the CSIS Forum was a Malaysiakini reporter but the news portal did not publish the event. It was, however, published as a scoop by another portal! A day or two later, a desperate attempt at being caught flat-footed probably, almost the same content of the report by the said portal was regurgitated and reproduced by Malaysiakini minus the parts on character assassination, for obvious reasons. A lackey will do what a lackey does.
In this “Paling tadah” report, this reporter saw it fit to state “Ahli parlimen Kapar, S Manikavasagam pada ceramah di Ampang Pecah semalam menaikkan kemarahan ahli-ahli PKR apabila beliau menimbulkan spekulasi bahawa seorang lagi MP parti itu akan berpaling tadah.”
Last night, when I checked with YB Manikavasagam about this particular quote in the said report, he categorically denied having said in the ceramah in Ampang “bahawa seorang lagi MP parti akan berpaling tadah.” However, YB S Manikavasagam did say in the same ceramah that all MPs have the right to resign from the party, including himself, if the MPs feel that they no longer share the same directions of the party.
Immediately after this particular quote from YB S Manikavasagam, the said reporter and/or Malaysiakini jumped at the opportunity and tried very hard to cause maximum damage by publishing a totally new wild allegation against me. In the last 4 paragraphs of the said report, the said reporter and Malaysiakini disgustingly latched on to the remark and quickly launched another dirty mission by manufacturing the said new allegation and crediting it with phrases such as “Menurut sumber” and “Kata sumber itu.”
Further, in the last two paragarphs, Malaysiakini published the following:
“Wee akan diperhatikan dengan teliti oleh rakan-rakannya dalam Pakatan Rakyat apabila BN dijangka akan membentangkan usul di Dewan Rakyat bagi mengheret Ketua Pembangkang, Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim ke Jawatankuasa Hak dan Kebebasan, Khamis ini.
Jika Wee berucap menentang parti dan juga ketua umumnya, beliau pastinya akan dipecat dan tidak perlu bertindak melompat keluar PKR.”
It had been established that there would only be four speakers from the opposition and four from BN to debate on the motion to refer YB Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim to the Rights and Privileges Select Committee. I am certain that the group of “little napoleons” would definitely not select me to be one of the four speakers. For the record, I was not commanded to speak on this motion by the “little napoleons.” Therefore, there was no need whatsoever for the group of “little napoleons” in the PR to watch over me during the debate. The group should have rather watched themselves and controlled their immature behaviour so as to avoid unnecessary embarrassment to other reputable PKR MPs.
I would have thought that after having the knowledge and experience of several deceits and false information through the internet pertaining to the said allegations, the editors of Malaysiakini would have had known or ought to have had known of the integrity of their so-called “source” (SUMBER). Far too often their “source” had been terribly unreliable and feeding them untruths to achieve certain political agenda.
Bearing in mind the above, I really am surprised that the editors of Malaysiakini would still continue to see it fit to allow reports of such serious nature to be published based on fodder from their source.
To the editors of Malaysiakini …
I challenge your professionalism, which would have dictated that in order for the news portal to publish such serious allegations as featured in the last 4 paragraphs of the said report, that you would have had insisted on the name or names of the “little napoleons” who had provided the so-called “information.”
Malaysiakini should wake up and not continue to be made a fool of by irresponsible and insecure persons.
Wee Choo Keong