KUALA LUMPUR: Minister of Communications and Multimedia Salleh Said Keruak today castigated the Wall Street Journal for its reports on Malaysia, especially 1MDB.
In a statement brimming with sarcasm, Salleh told the WSJ to submit candidates for Malaysia’s next General Election given its “strong interest and inclinations in our domestic political affairs”.
“They are behaving like politicians and campaigners, not credible or independent media,” he charged.
Salleh said the WSJ’s coverage did not even contain new information and that it was simply repeating and repackaging unproven allegations that it had previously published.
He said the WSJ did not do anything to justify “these smears beyond quoting anonymous sources and documents that – mysteriously – only the WSJ claims to have spoken to and seen. These may not exist, or they could originate from political opponents and be incomplete or wrong”.
“The WSJ’s Malaysia coverage has become desperate and obsessive. They have abandoned the fact-based principles of independent journalism to become nothing better than a partisan blog – the willing vehicle of politically motivated forces.
“It has become clear that this American newspaper and those feeding it for their own selfish objectives, such as Mahathir Mohamad and his proxies, want to influence Malaysia’s political process and dictate who should form our government.”
He charged that the WSJ was forcing its “own arrogant and misguided vision onto Malaysia”.
Salled said: “If we submitted, our harmonious, stable and prosperous majority-Muslim state would be eroded.
“But the days of ‘might is right’ and having to obey colonial masters are over. We will bend to no-one, especially neocon media like the WSJ who pushed for the disastrous foreign interventions in Muslim countries such as Iraq.
They are partly responsible for opening up a pandoras box of death, destruction and instability.”
Malaysians, he said, knew better how to govern themselves and maintain stability.
“We will ensure that only Malaysians decide our country’s future, and at the ballot box as part of the democratic process,” Salleh added.