KUALA LUMPUR: Minister of Housing and Urban Well-being Abdul Rahman Dahlan has defended the Home Ministry’s decision to suspend The Edge Media Group’s two publications, The Edge weekly and The Edge Financial Daily.
His defense was based on the notion that news organisations cannot cheat to obtain information.
“If The Edge can cheat a known sleek criminal like Justo, I won’t be surprised if they could cheat ordinary Malaysians just as well.
“Yes, news organisations worth their salt wouldn’t pay for information but they are also expected not to cheat to get the information.
“Otherwise their reputation is also at stake when they cheat to steal stolen information,” he wrote on his Facebook.
He added that the reports on 1MDB by both the publications cannot be taken at face value even though Edge Media Group chairman Tong Kooi Ong and CEO Ho Kay Tat said earlier today that the documents were digitally finger printed and not tampered with.
“At the moment, given what has been revealed so far, we cannot take what The Edge is saying at face value. The Edge said the stolen documents were not tampered at all but international computer forensic experts as well as Thai authorities say otherwise.
He added that The Edge should have come clean from the beginning.
“It is a shame that The Edge did not come out clean from the beginning. Only after Justo started to sing like a canary, they tried to cover their acts.
“What an honorable news organisation should have done was to publish the stolen information and immediately declare how they got the information.
He said that The Edge misled the public into thinking that they had information from a reliable source.
“They milked the story for a few months for political purposes while hoping no one would know who Justo was.
“Now, in their desperation, they said publishing stolen and suspect information was the most honorable thing to do.
He also had a message for Ho and Tong.
“Don’t try to wiggle (sic) your way out of this by claiming being honorable. Mr Ho and Mr Tong, remember, there is no honor among crooks!”
Earlier today, Abdul Rahman urged the authorities to take immediate action against all individuals involved in the 1MDB issue following Justo’s revelation in his Singapore Straits Times interview.
“A lot of the questions are finally answered in the explosive interview with Justo by the Straits Times. Now the authorities must take action immediately!,” he said in his Twitter account @mpkotabelud.
“I posed many questions on the role of The Edge, (Sarawak Report editor) Claire Brown, and wealthy individuals in this elaborate attempt to bring down the government. Now we know why so many people couldn’t sit still,” he said.-Berita Daily