PETALING JAYA: Former editor-in-chief of The Malaysian Insider, Jahabar Sadiq, has denied any involvement in the online portal’s purported comeback.
After images of the supposed new site began circulating on social media Tuesday, Jahabar immediately dispelled suggestions that he or anyone he knew was behind the revival.
“So everyone’s tweeting or Facebooking this but this has nothing to do with me. The Malaysian Insider died 15.3.2016,” he said on Twitter.
The “welcome page” of the new site, hosted at a different address, carries the logo of the former news portal and a countdown timer to the launch, under the words “Returning with the Truth”.
Jahabar, who was also former TMI chief executive officer, said in a longer Facebook posting later that the news portal’s copyright belonged to The Edge Media Group and no one else.
“The name, copyright, data et al belongs to The Edge Media Group. No one else has rights to it, and right now, no one I know is reviving it with a similar name or style. Anyone doing it is cheating you,” he wrote.
He said the public would be informed if the former editorial team decides to ever revive the news portal.
The Edge Media Group shut down TMI on March 15, citing commercial reasons.