Utusan Melayu has absolutely NO SHAME in suing Teresa Kok


So it seems that Utusan Melayu is suing Teresa Kok for ‘defamation’ over her claims that it had distorted her statements to the national media and in her blog about the food served to her while being detained under the Internal Security Act (ISA) in 2008.

Yes, the very same ISA detention that Utusan Melayu was responsible for in the first place!

Recall that in 2008, Utusan published a completely unfounded, defamatory rumour that Teresa Kok told a mosque in Puchong not to use loudspeakers while performing the azan. Based on this utter lie by Utusan, Teresa Kok was detained under the ISA. She was later released after being completely vindicated, including by the aforementioned mosque.

And now Utusan has the gall to sue her for complaining that it is (once again) dishonestly misportraying her! (Irony must one of those foreign, imperialist/colonialist concepts that Utusan has no knowledge of.)

For those keeping track, Utusan has had a very tarnished recent history – including fantasizing in print about killing Teresa Kok and then demanding she apologize for calling them out (2008); casually mocking Indians with racist slurs and the most insulting stereotypes (2009); libeling DAP as having insulted Islam (2009); and after all that, having the cheek to claim that it is actually Malaysiakini that is raising tensions in the nation!

This sorry excuse of a newspaper truly has no shame, no remorse, and no repentance. (Oh wait, is Utusan going to sue me over my remarks? I’d better pack my bags for a 2 a.m. knock on my front door.)

I would implore for every right-thinking individual who has even the vaguest grasp of ethics to protest Utusan’s attitude, but I’m sure anyone reading my rant here has already long ago abandoned that shameful distillation of all the worst negative aspects present in the MSM.

Footnote: In the same year that Teresa Kok was arrested, Raja Petra Kamarudin and Sin Chew reporter Tan Hoon Cheng were also rounded up under the ISA for separate ‘offences’. The latter’s detention makes Teresa Kok’s arrest seem especially egregious.

Tan Hoon Cheng was arrested for a truthful report on Ahmad Ismail’s blatantly seditious ‘pendatang’ remarks, while Ahmad Ismail himself wasn’t even investigated. By contrast, a completely false allegation by Utusan did not get their reporters arrested, but rather Teresa Kok ended up detained based on their hearsay!

This is just one of the many displays of the unbelievably lopsided bias between how BN and Opposition personalities are treated – Anwar Ibrahim was immediately named by the MSM while his accuser Saiful Bukhari’s identity was initially kept anonymous; P. Balasubramaniam was immediately named by the MSM as the accuser while the accused (then-Deputy PM Najib Tun Razak) was merely an unnamed ‘senior politician’; Saiful and his family were given 24-hour police protection while Balasubramaniam and his family vanished from Malaysia; and now all discussion about Rais Yatim is supposed to be off limits after the non-stop gossip circus surrounding Anwar.

But I digress.