MARCH 24 — The New Straits Times Press group has now denied The Malaysian Insider’s report “Five issues holding up likely June polls, say sources” published yesterday.
The said report was withdrawn after a complaint from Datuk Seri Jamaluddin Jarjis yesterday.
The Malaysian Insider and I stand corrected on the NSTP group’s involvement on this matter.
Herewith enclosed the NSTP letter to me:
Mr Jahabar Sadiq
The Malaysian Insider
We refer to your reports both dated 23 March 2012 entitled “Five Issues Holding Up Likely June Polls” (which has since been withdrawn) (“the First Report”) and “Jamaluddin Jarjis denies TMI report” (“the Second Report”) published on The Malaysian Insider Portal.
In the First Report, you had reported amongst others that “It is learnt that Datuk Seri Jamaluddin Jarjis, who is the BN manifesto committee chairman, briefed editors and correspondents in the New Straits Times Press group of papers on Tuesday over the issues.”
In the Second Report, upon receipt of a demand from Datuk Seri Jamaluddin Jarjis, you had withdrawn the First Report and have subsequently reported, amongst others, that “The Malaysian Insider and I stand corrected in his involvement in this matter.”
It is however unfortunate that you have not seen it fit to extend your clarification to absolve The New Straits Times Press group and its editors and correspondents from your fabrication that they were briefed by Datuk Seri Jamaluddin Jarjis.
We wish to point out that whilst operational meetings with our editors are held regularly as a matter of fact, no such briefing by Datuk Seri Jamaluddin Jarjis as described by you in the First Report ever took place.
You had every opportunity to verify with us regarding the accuracy and truth of your allegations in the First Report prior to its publication but failed to do so. In the Second Report, you were presented with another opportunity to clarify on our involvement in the alleged briefing but once again you failed to do so.
We therefore demand that you run an immediate and unreserved apology to us and our editors and correspondents for your fabricated report failing which we will not hesitate to take this matter further. This notice shall be without prejudice to take any action that we may deem necessary to protect our interests.
Abdul Jalil Hamid
Group Managing Editor
The New Straits Times Press (Malaysia) Berhad
* Jahabar Sadiq runs The Malaysian Insider.