Thursday, February 25, 2016

TMI blocked over critical report of Najib, says minister

Communications and Multimedia Minister Datuk Seri Salleh Said Keruak said access to The Malaysian Insider news website was blocked over its report involving the prime minister which quoted an unnamed source in the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission Operations Review panel. He said the article had caused confusion among the people as it contradicted MACC's official statement on the panel's advice to the anti-graft agency on two cases implicating Datuk Seri Najib Razak. "Yes, the article on the panel has reported a few statements that is confusing and contradicts what MACC has said officially. "The source is also unnamed. "That would cause confusion among the public. "We will investigate, which is why the IGP has issued a statement to call up the TMI editor," Salleh told reporters in Shah Alam today. He added that Putrajaya had no issues with freedom of speech but there were laws which ought to be followed. "We don't have a problem with freedom of speech. "We can offer suggestions, but in this case the source in the panel was unnamed. We have to be responsible," he said. Salleh was referring to the report in which a panel member said it had advised the agency resubmit its investigation papers on SRC International Sdn Bhd to the attorney-general as there was enough evidence to frame charges against Najib.  Access to The Malaysian Insider website was blocked yesterday afternoon after the report was published in the morning. The day before, the OPR had met and MACC later issued a statement the same day after the meeting. MACC's statement said the panel had advised the anti-graft agency to resubmit its investigation papers regarding SRC International to the A-G for review.  MACC said the panel had also recommended that it continue its unfinished probe into the RM2.6 billion donation to Najib and seek the A-G's help for mutual legal assistance to obtain information from overseas financial investigations. Two OPR members issued a press statement last night to distance themselves from the report and The Malaysian Insider's anonymous source, and denied that the panel had said "it had enough proof to charge Najib over SRC". – February 26, 2016.  MORE TO COME]]>

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