DAP said the US-based Wall Street Journal’s (WSJ) coverage of the 1MDB scandal and high-level corruption in Malaysia has again been vindicated by the latest resignation of a senior journalist from a government mouthpiece.
Gelang Patah MP Lim Kit Siang said this following the resignation of New Straits Times’ group editor Mustapha Kamil, who cited the 1MDB scandal as reason for his sudden resignation.
Mustapha had cited reports on 1MDB by WSJ, which have been nominated for the coveted Pulitzer Prize.
“Najib and his supporters from the ruling BN have repeatedly accused WSJ of peddling false accusations and being used by those with a political agenda to topple the government.
“However, WSJ has continued to stand by its reports until today and supported calls for Najib to file a defamation suit against any allegedly false report,” said Lim, referring to WSJ’s revelation that prime minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak received some US$700 million from 1MDB-linked entities.
Lim described Mustapha’s resignation as part of a series of “VIP casualties” of the 1MDB scandal, which included former deputy prime minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin, former rural and regional development minister Datuk Seri Shafie Apdal and former attorney-general Tan Sri Gani Patail.
Without mentioning WSJ by name, Mustapha said that he began to “search my conscience” after the paper’s extensive coverage of the 1MDB scandal which local journalist did not report about.
“In my line of work, there is this element called the ‘truth discipline’. It is one that requires a journalist to be correct, right from the spelling of names of persons or places, to all the reports he must file. His responsibility is first to the truth, by which he must then guide society in navigating the path they had chosen,” he wrote in a Facebook posting following his resignation.
Lim said questions on the scandal which he asked Najib in Parliament, had yet to get answers.
“Are there no more journalists in the mainstream media in Malaysia to uphold the truth discipline or who could search their conscience whether they are doing right by their nation, profession and future generations?
“The reputation and standing of national institutions, whether the Attorney-General’s Chambers, Bank Negara, the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission, Police, the Auditor-General’s Office, the PAC and even Parliament itself have suffered in repute and standing by the protracted 1MDB global scandal,” said Lim.