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PM’s Aide Slams Latest WSJ Article, Calls For Probe Into Publication’s Reporting

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PETALING JAYA: The Prime Minister’s press secretary has slammed a Wall Street Journal (WSJ) report which claimed that Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak was not interviewed by Malaysian investigators.

In a statement on Friday, Datuk Seri Tengku Sariffuddin Tengku Ahmad (pic) said the Prime Minister was interviewed for “multiple hours” by the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission during its investigations into 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB).

“It is a matter of public record, and was widely reported by other media at the time, that the Prime Minister was interviewed for multiple hours on 5th December 2015 by the primary investigative body in this case, the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission.

“The Prime Minister gave his full cooperation to the investigators, and publicly instructed all relevant bodies in the Government to do so as well,” said Tengku Sariffuddin, adding that an investigation should be launched into why the publication was taking sides in Malaysia’s politics and internal affairs.

He added that WSJ had not only “deliberately ignored” the key facts, but had also lied and said Najib was not interviewed.

“This shows their biased agenda, and continues the WSJ’s consistent pattern with its Malaysia reporting.

“They rely only on anonymous sources and smears by Tun Mahathir (former prime minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad) and his new allies in the DAP, including Tony Pua in this latest article,” he added.

He said that the publication’s “unverified lies” that lack evidence are presented as facts.

“Journalism should be about independently reporting news based on verified sources and facts.

“Instead, the WSJ has become a willing vehicle for the propaganda of the Prime Minister’s political opponents, who have openly declared their intent to unseat the democratically elected government,” he said.

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