The internet news portal Malaysiakini yesterday published an email purportedly from a ‘Najib Support Group’ containing a so-called Manifesto supposedly linked to Dato’ Sri Mohd Najib Razak. Without any verification,
Malaysiakini has deemed it appropriate to publish the false contents of this email.The Deputy Prime Minister’s office would like to clarify that Dato’ Sri Mohd Najib Razak has never issued any manifesto to back his bid for the UMNO presidency.
Malaysiakini report is therefore patently false and misleading.
Malaysiakini’s decision to publish the story is extremely unethical as they had failed to verify the matter with the Deputy Prime Minister’s Office prior to publication.The conduct of Malaysiakini is regrettable and unacceptable.
Certainly, it is an unfortunate display of negligence and lack of professionalism in news reporting. It is important for Malaysiakini to investigate the origin of the malicious e-mail in order for it to clear its name and reputation.Malaysiakini has apologized to the Deputy Prime Minister on this matter.
Nevertheless, it is our hope that Malaysiakini and other news portals, regardless of their editorial policy, will conduct themselves in an ethical and professional manner.
This false story is the latest move in what is obviously a concerted effort by certain quarters to tarnish the image of the Deputy Prime Minister.
Indeed, of late, ever since the UMNO Transition Plan was brought forward to March 2009, there has been a consistent and continuous effort by some websites to concoct and publish false and malicious reports aimed at discrediting the Deputy Prime Minister.
We hope the Malaysian public, in particular readers of these websites are able to distinguish truth from falsehood when reading the materials published.
Deputy Prime Minister’s Office
20th October 2008
Office of the Deputy Prime Minister
Prime Minister's Department
Level 4, West Wing
Bangunan Perdana Putra