Kit Siang wants Nazri to warn NST boss over racial overtones

By Adib Zalkapli, The Malaysian Insider

In response to Datuk Seri Nazri Aziz’s warning yesterday not to turn Teoh Beng Hock’s death into a racial issue, Lim Kit Siang today asked the law minister to target Umno-controlled newspapers instead.

Lim insisted that it was Umno’s publications which have turned the death into a racial issue.

“Does Nazri endorse Zainul Arifin’s communal writings and if not why is there no warning from him to the New Straits Times group and its managing editor?” said Lim in a statement.

“Zainul Ariffin has made a most racist and irresponsible statement, completely unbecoming of a top journalist heading a national daily,” he added.

The Ipoh Timor MP was referring to an article published in the Sunday edition of Berita Harian slamming the critics of the Malaysian Anti Corruption Commission (MACC), and accusing them of attempting to undermine Malay institutions.

Zainul, the group managing editor of the New Straits Times group which owns Berita Harian, also asked in his article why Selangor Mentri Besar Tan Sri Khalid Ibrahim would question “those of his own race to act fairly”.