PETALING JAYA: Communications and Multimedia Minister Salleh Keruak has taken exception to the Wall Street Journal’s heading for its story on Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng being charged with corruption.
The newspaper’s heading was “Critic of Malaysia’s Najib Arrested on Corruption Charges”.
Writing in his blog, Salleh asked: “Can’t The Wall Street Journal report honestly?
“WSJ was actually reporting about Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng’s arrest for corruption but the way they presented the headline, the impression they gave is that Guan Eng was arrested for criticising rather than for alleged corruption.”
He said the first paragraph of that news report was: “A Malaysian opposition politician, who has criticized Prime Minister Najib Razak’s handling of state investment fund 1Malaysia Development Bhd. was charged with corruption in his role as chief minister of Penang state.”
“So, again, they insinuate or plant in the mind of the reader that Guan Eng’s arrest is due to his criticism of the prime minister’s handling of 1MDB.
“WSJ then says: In May the Penang government froze 1Malaysia Development Bhd’s purchase of 234 acres in the state until, Mr. Lim said at the time, the fund manages its affairs with ‘accountability and transparency’,” Salleh said.
The minister said the way WSJ presented its news report was as if the entire issue is about 1MDB and Najib and not because of the alleged corruption.
“And this is the news agency that the Opposition says is to be believed, is very professional, has no hidden agenda, is not targeting Najib, and so on.
“Even someone of limited intelligence can see that the WSJ is the exact opposite of all that and that it is engaged in a crusade against the prime minister and most likely against Malaysia as well.
“But then there are many who still believe that the WSJ is just trying to reveal the truth and there is no mala fide involved.”