JAN 19 – I have been accused by certain bloggers, politicians and others that my presentation at the Singapore Regional Outlook Forum that Pakatan Rakyat will secure a narrow victory in the forthcoming 13th General Elections is unprofessional, biased and partisan. One of the accusations of unprofessionalism is that I am a member of Parti Keadilan Rakyat.
I wish to state that the subject of my presentation at the Forum was on the Malaysian 2013 economic outlook. It was therefore necessary to take into consideration all relevant factors that may have a bearing on the economic situation in 2013 and beyond. It is impossible to deny that the results of the 13th General Election will have a critical impact on the Malaysian economy. I had carried out my analysis based on publicly available information and stated my assumptions for three scenarios: (1) a narrow Barisan Nasional victory; (2) a narrow Pakatan Rakyat victory and (3) a wide Pakatan Rakyat victory.
I made my analysis professionally, honestly and impartially in accordance with the best practices in the industry after taking into account the factors that ought to be properly included in such an exercise.
I stand by my analysis and the presentation I made at the Forum. I maintain that I have given an honest and professional opinion at the Forum. I believe that there is no proper cause to take disciplinary action against me.
I am also giving notice to the bloggers, politicians and others who seek to tarnish my reputation and make defamatory remarks on my integrity and credibility on the performance of my profession that I shall not hesitate to commence legal proceedings against them to protect and vindicate my reputation.
It is indeed a tragedy for the state of Malaysian democracy when an opinion that is unfavourable to the ruling party is sufficient cause for disciplinary action and license for character assassination by certain quarters. I am confident that truth and justice will prevail.
* This is the press statement issued by Azrul Azwar Ahmad Tajudin, the chief economist suspended by Bank Islam Malaysia.
* This is the personal opinion of the writer or publication and does not necessarily represent the views of The Malaysian Insider.