- ‘Where are the ‘champions’ of 1Malaysia?’
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Posted: 17 Jan 2011 07:08 PM PST
G Vinod | January 17, 2011
The DAP believes that Idris Jala and Koh Tsu Koon should stand up for Utusan journalist Hata Wahari who was defending Najib’s vision for the nation.
PETALING JAYA: DAP strongman leader Lim Kit Siang wants the ministers responsible for implementing the 1Malaysia concept to defend National Union of Journalists (NUJ) president, Hata Wahari (photo), from being penalised by Utusan Malaysia.
"The government spent millions of ringgit on promoting the1Malaysia concept. The ministers directly responsible for implementing it, Koh Tsu Koon and Idris Jala, should intervene and ensure that Hata would not become the first victim of the 1Malaysia slogan," Lim said in a statement.
Hata, who is also Utusan journalist, has been critical of both his employer and the repressive anti-media laws such as the Printing Presses and Publications Act 1984 since his appointment to NUJ's top position in September.
He has accused senior Utusan editors of serving Umno's interests instead of advocating media freedom.
"Hata's only 'sin' was to take Prime Minister Najib Tun Razak's 1Malaysia concept seriously and for reminding mainstream newspapers that the drop in circulation proved that the people were fed up of being served with propaganda reports that promoted racism and religious intolerance," said Lim, who is also the Ipoh Timor MP.
"The NUJ head has called on all mainstream journalists, especially from Utusan Malaysia, to return to their true function as deliverers of objective information to the public, and not serve as propaganda tools for any political party or individual," he said
He added that it did not make sense that Hata, despite being an Utusan journalist, was being penalised for his statement made in his capacity as NUJ chief.
"And what makes the whole disciplinary proceeding against Hata so outrageous is that Utusan is the official newspaper of Umno.
"Is Najib facing a revolt in Umno, especially within the daily, against his 1Malaysia slogan – or is this another example of the hollowness and hypocrisy of his 1Malaysia concept?"asked Lim.
Klang MP Charles Santiago said the dismissive approach taken by Utusan was a clear signal that the top management of the newspaper did not care about press freedom in the country and was
"Utusan's arrogance reflects the sad state of Malaysia's fourth estate and the statistics speak for themselves. Malaysia is ranked 131 in the 2009 Press Freedom Index by Reporters Without Borders," said Santiago.
He said that Utusan's refusal to publicly rebut Hata's statements showed that the daily itself did not tolerate any sort of criticisms.
"This is indeed appalling and clearly a travesty of freedom of expression in the country. Without a free press, Malaysians would not be able to effectively articulate their views or call for
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